In August 2012, the Government Printing Office (GPO), responsible for supplying the US Department of State with ePassports, has awarded Gemalto with a second consecutive five-year contract.
Gemalto first partnered with GPO in 2006 following stringent evaluations to meet agency requirements. Gemalto is to supply its latest ICAO-compliant Sealys eCovers as well as support for the lifetime of the agreement. In 2011, the State Department issued 11.4 million ePassports to American citizens.
Gemalto is one of only two vendors to be selected after a rigorous selection process for the supply of the US ePassport program.