Why do I need this PIV credential?

Answer: 

As a federal employee or contractor, your agency has decided to participate in GSA USAccess Program. The program was developed in response to Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) requiring federal agencies to issue a common identity credential. Over time, all existing federal government issued badges will be replaced with a PIV-compliant credential.
Ultimately, your USAccess PIV credential will enable you to gain access to buildings and systems for which you are authorized. Without a PIV credential, you may not be able to enter certain buildings, or will need to be registered as a guest.

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