NIH is changing the way its workforce accesses information systems and the network by transitioning away from logging into computers and systems with usernames and passwords to smart card authentication using the HHS ID badge and PIN. The first phase of this transition was completed on Mar. 1 when smart card authentication was enforced for Virtual Private Network (VPN) remote access. NIH is currently working towards the next two milestones:
- June 18: All federal employees and contractors who hold timekeeper roles will be required to use their HHS ID badge and PIN to access the Integrated Time and Attendance System (ITAS) from Windows computers.
- Mar. 29, 2013 (tentative): All employees, contractors and affiliates will be required to use their HHS ID badge and PIN to access the NIH network from Windows computers. ICs will have staggered completion dates leading up to that date.
The smart card login requirements are part of the continued implementation of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12.
To ensure that all ITAS users will be able to successfully use their HHS ID badge to access ITAS, some individuals may need to reset their PIN or renew their digital certificates. They can do this at their local Lifecycle Work Station. A directory of LWS operators at NIH, arranged by IC, is posted online at www.ors.od.nih.gov/ser/dpsac/badge/Pages/lifecycle.aspx.
The LWS operators will be able to reset PINs and renew digital certificates. However, they will not be able to issue new HHS ID or NIH badges. Employees, contractors and affiliates working on or near the Bethesda campus who require a new or re-issued HHS ID badge must coordinate with their administrative officer and the Division of Personnel Security and Access Control.
Individuals at off-campus facilities (Rocky Mountain Laboratories; Ft. Detrick; Research Triangle Park, N.C.) who require badging services should contact their local security office.
Visit http://smartcard.nih.gov or http://idbadge.nih.gov for more information about your HHS ID badge and how to use it.