Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

Departmental Regulation 4620-002

Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Coordination (OHSEC)

Common Identification Standard for U.S. Department of Agriculture


This regulation prescribes the policies, roles, and responsibilities necessary to implement and maintain Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12, Common Identification Standard for Federal, Non-Federal Employees and Contractors within USDA controlled work environments.


HSPD-12 establishes the general requirements for a common Federal identification system. The President has mandated that all Federal departments provide a process for identity proofing and credentialing employees and contractors to increase security and provide greater interoperability between departments and Federal facilities.