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OMB Memorandum M-05-24: Implementation of Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12 – Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors

Editor’s Note: A pdf of the complete Memorandum including the attachments is available here.

From: Executive Office of the President | The Office of Management and Budget


August 5, 2005


FROM: Joshua B. Bolten, Director

SUBJECT: Implementation of Home land Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12 – Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors

On August 27, 2004, the President signed HSPD-12 “Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors” (the Directive). The Directive requires the development and agency implementation of a mandatory, government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification for Federal employees and contractors. As required by the Directive, the Department of Commerce issued Federal Information Processing Standard 201 (the Standard). This memorandum provides implementing instructions for the Directive and the Standard.

Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

From: The White House


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By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-21 — Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

From: The White House


SUBJECT: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

The Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience advances a national unity of effort to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure.


The Nation’s critical infrastructure provides the essential services that underpin American society. Proactive and coordinated efforts are necessary to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure – including assets, networks, and systems – that are vital to public confidence and the Nation’s safety, prosperity, and well-being.

Gift Basket on Mitigating Insider Threats

From: The White House

This gift basket records the intent of Armenia, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Republic of Korea, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and INTERPOL to establish and implement national-level measures to mitigate the insider threat.

Insiders generally possess access rights which, together with their authority and knowledge, grant them far greater opportunity than outsiders to bypass dedicated nuclear and radiological security elements or other provisions such as safety systems and operating procedures.  Insiders, as trusted personnel, are capable of methods of defeat that may not be available to outsiders.  As such, insiders—acting alone or in concert with outsiders—pose an elevated threat to nuclear security.