September 24, 2009 10:49 ET

AMERICAN SYSTEMS-Nominated ID Management Project Earns Top Honors for DoD

Nomination for Secure Federated Interoperability Results in 2009 Identity Deployment of Year Award for Department

CHANTILLY, VA--(Marketwire - September 24, 2009) - AMERICAN SYSTEMS, an IT solutions provider and one of the top 100 employee-owned companies in the U.S., today announced that the Kantara Initiative has awarded its top honor, the 2009 Identity Deployment of the Year (IDDY) award, to the U.S. DoD. The award recognized an AMERICAN SYSTEMS-supported DoD project to deploy a secure federated inter-operability capability for the Department's Synchronized Pre-Deployment and Operational Tracker (SPOT) program.

"AMERICAN SYSTEMS is pleased to help the DoD streamline and improve its identity management systems," said William C. Hoover, president and CEO, AMERICAN SYSTEMS. "The IDDY award is recognition of this project and, more broadly, of the DoD's foresight in deploying identity credentials that are inter-operable across multiple government entities, international coalition governments, and supporting contractor and suppliers."

AMERICAN SYSTEMS is currently leading an integrated project team to determine the overall requirements and approach for incorporating secure federated inter-operability into the operations of the SPOT program, a Web-based enterprise networking solution used by the DoD to track and manage assets. These efforts entail establishing inter-operability with the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) through the Defense Cross-Credentialing System (DCCIS) and the Defense Biometrics Identification System (DBIDS) in a federated manner and incorporate the commercial counterpart to DCCIS, the Federation for Identity and Cross-Credentialing System (FiXs) Network.

The FiXs Network is the commercial network endorsed under a Memorandum of Understanding with the DoD to interface with DCCIS. It operates under a federated architecture similar to the ATM network used for financial transactions, but authenticates identities for the contractor community.

"Winners of the 2009 IDDY Award reflect the evolving identity landscape, where applications are leveraging a wide range of protocols and collaboration is key to moving the global identity industry forward," said Brett McDowell, executive director, Kantara Initiative. "With more joint submissions than any other year and nominations spanning industries and regions, we congratulate the winning applications for demonstrating some of the most innovative and diverse identity solutions in the marketplace today."

As one of this year's winners, the DoD joins a growing list of IDDY Award recipients at the forefront of some of the most challenging technology and policy issues in the global identity sector. The IDDYs were presented on September 15, 2009 at CSO magazine's Digital ID World 2009 event in Las Vegas, NV.


Founded in 1975, AMERICAN SYSTEMS is one of the largest employee-owned companies in the United States, with approximately 1,300 employees nationwide. Based in the Washington, DC, suburb of Chantilly, VA, the company provides systems engineering, technical and managed services to government and enterprise customers. AMERICAN SYSTEMS was named to the Federal 100 list in 2009 for influencing how the government buys, uses and manages IT. For more information, please visit:

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