FRAC is a technology used in the evolving credentials program, known as First Responder Authentication Credentials provides electronically validated identification of first responders, which is interoperable across Federal, State, and local jurisdictions. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are encouraging national adoption and operational use of high assurance authentication credentials. The FRAC effort is part of a broader enterprise strategy to leverage investments, innovations, and enhance capabilities of Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials being issued to all Federal employees and government contractors. This paper provides a brief overview of this evolving and growing technology, FRACS.

First Responder Authentication Credentials are PIV Interoperable Card (PIV-I) – an identity card that meets the PIV technical specifications to work with PIV infrastructure elements such as smart card readers, and is issued in a manner that allows Federal government relying parties to trust the card.

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