Feds warn contractors to turn in IDs or lose cash

Contracting officer might delay final payment unless requirements met

The federal acquisition councils are preparing to tighten rules on return of federal contractor employees’ government-issued identification cards once the job is done.

The councils today released a proposed rule that would amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation to strengthen requirements about collecting the ID cards from contractors once the cards are no longer needed for work-site access.

Under the rule, the cards must be returned at the earliest of the following events: when no longer needed for contract performance, on completion of employment, or on completion or termination of a contract.

A contracting officer might delay final payment if those requirements are not met, the proposed rule states.

The rule was prompted by an audit of Defense Department Common Access Cards granted to contractors that showed that the cards were not adequately accounted for once the contract was finished, the notice states.

The rule will be published in the Federal Register on May 24, and comments are due within 60 days of publication.

The rule would apply to all forms of government identification cards given to contractor employees.

About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

Reader Comments

Mon, Jul 5, 2010 Common Sense

They DO have electronic information that can be deactivated. Mine came in handy in letting me have a govt issued id so I could get on a plane to get back to my home state when I lost my driver's license while in DC (where I was switching from one agency office, after a stint at another). How would that hurt anyone?

Thu, Jun 17, 2010 Just Wondering

Let's see one badge with centralized access manaagement....hmmmm? Nice concept if it was practiced. Look you can't reuse the badge once it is returned so just deactivate it and grab it if it is ever used again (once it is deactivated). Why take on the responsibility and expense of collecting, collecting fines and destroying useless and unrecyclable plastic badges with someone's likeness on it? Sound like a Badge Destruction Agency and Czar will have to be created to manage and enforce this new rule. I wonder if there are more important things for us to worry about.

Thu, Jun 3, 2010 A Security Analyst

"Loose" ID Cards are a SIGNIFICANT security risk to organizations. They can be used to gain access to areas not open to the general public and can be altered for more nefarious purposes... Just give the card back!

Mon, May 24, 2010 Greedy Contractors

Take a deposit for the ID cards, say $1000 per card. Deduct the $1000 from the contract payments. When the card is turned back in release the $1000.

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