SOURCE: WidePoint Corporation

June 22, 2006 10:11 ET

ORC's SSP PKI Receives Qualification on GSA FIPS 201 Evaluation Program Approved List

FIPS 201 Milestone Allows ORC to Provide SSP PKI Services to Federal Agencies for HSPD-12 Deployment

FAIRFAX, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 22, 2006 -- WidePoint Corporation (OTCBB: WDPT), and its wholly owned subsidiary Operational Research Consultants, Inc. (ORC), the leading provider of Federal PKI authentication services, today jointly announced that ORC's Shared Service Provider (SSP) Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) met all qualifications to become a General Services Administration (GSA) FIPS 201 Evaluation Program Approved Product. GSA's FIPS 201 qualification confirms ORC's ability to provide SSP PKI services to Federal agencies that need to comply with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12).

HSPD-12 establishes a mandatory government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification issued by the federal government to its employees and contract employees. Its purpose is to enhance security, increase government efficiency, reduce identity fraud and protect personal privacy. HSPD-12 products that are approved as FIPS-201-compliant may be offered for sales to federal agencies through the GSA, where ORC currently provides certificates.

Steve Komar, CEO of WidePoint, said, "This qualification demonstrates the completion of another major milestone toward assisting federal agencies to meet their HSPD-12 requirements. This expands on our success as the first and only Department of Defense External Certificate Authority authorized to provide a full suite of PKI services and builds upon our strong base of awards, certifications and qualifications to provide the highest level of support and services to meet the demands of HSPD-12."

ORC is certified as a provider for GSA access certificates for electronics services and retains a government-approved certificate authority that is cross-certified with the Federal Bridge Certification Authority. It is the only approved commercial GSA e-Authentication federation credential service provider and the only fully authorized commercial U.S. government shared service provider.

WidePoint CFO James McCubbin said, "We have made significant progress in building and securing the infrastructure, certifications and qualifications that are required to assist federal agencies to deploy HSPD-12. The level of activity throughout the government sector has been increasing as we approach the launch of HSPD-12 and ORC's goal is to play a leading role in providing solutions to satisfy this directive."

About WidePoint Corporation

WidePoint is a technology-based provider of products and services to the government sector and commercial markets. WidePoint specializes in providing systems engineering, integration and information technology services. WidePoint's wholly owned subsidiary, ORC, is at the forefront of implementing government compliant eAuthentication identity management managed services and associated systems engineering/integration. ORC has earned four major U.S. federal government certifications offering the highest levels of assurance for transactions over the Internet and was awarded the first Basic Purchasing Agreement (BPA) under the newly created Authentication category established under the General Services Administration's (GSA) Information Technology Professional Services FSC Group 70 contract.

WidePoint's profile of customers encompasses U.S. federal government agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice and major transnational corporations such as SAIC and Northrup Grumman as well as several major pharmaceutical companies. For more information, visit

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