Smartcard developers, your ship just came in

— 2:38 PM on December 22, 1999

Everybody knows that government IT projects can be very profitable if handled correctly. After all, they will eventually pay--they print the money. So when the words "indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract" were used in this Federal Computer Week article I had to check into it. Apparently, the Fed is going to take bids on a project to issue "Governmentwide" smartcards.

The contract represents a first step in addressing two pressing agency concerns, according to GSA: securing networks and buildings and providing the tools to support e-commerce.
Somebody is going to make a mint on this deal. Some estimate the deal to be worth $1billion. This kinda makes me wonder how long it will be until Federal-State smartcard IDs and drivers licenses will come into being with this "Governmentwide" initiative.
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