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Credentials: Feds bypass COVID closures, get IDs at USPS storefronts

Federal employees, like workers the world over, have endured novel workplace problems large and small throughout the past year of the COVID pandemic.

And—though it’s one of the smaller variety—for feds, just obtaining new or replacement ID cards has been a very real problem. A new article on Federal News Network explores the issue, and a promising solution.

Since the coronavirus hit, many federal employee and contractor credentialing offices have been shuttered—over 500, the piece reports.

It will be some time until many of these will come back online. However, a new pilot program—pioneered by the General Services Administration and the Postal Service—offers an alternative means of obtaining secure ID: Some feds can now get their Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards with a quick visit to a designated USPS location (so far only in the D.C. area).

The program was first piloted toward the end of last year. For now, the program is scheduled to last only until May—but, If successful, it might be extended and expanded to other parts of the country.

Reader comments

Sun, Mar 7, 2021

Big freaking deal a PIV card over getting the Vaccine ? How did the FBI get vaccines for their employees but DHS who have far more contact with the public didn't ?

Fri, Mar 5, 2021 sam

This is a great idea. Wish they'd take the pilot nationwide.

Wed, Mar 3, 2021

Anything that had to be done in person over last year has been a crazy problem.

Wed, Mar 3, 2021

I agree more USPS locations should be brought online. I have to travel 50+ miles to renew my PIV card, which is 2 hours just in travel time, plus the time in their office. It would take me 10 minutes total to go to my local post office.

Tue, Mar 2, 2021 Sergio CA

They need to open more so that we can get our PIV Cards. These temp cards are useless to use for ID purposes outside our homes.

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