IBIA welcomes DHS biometric framework, proposes forum to discuss findings

The International Biometrics & Identification Association (IBIA) has welcomed the release of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) biometrics framework, and has proposed the formation of a forum to discuss its findings.

“The Joint Requirements Council and its Information Based Screening and Vetting team produced a thoughtful, meaningful document that addresses many of the ongoing challenges and issues surrounding the use of biometrics in the department’s operations,” said IBIA managing director Tovah LaDier said at this week’s Global Identity Summit. “IBIA and its members encourage DHS collaboration with industry and interagency partners to provide a standardized platform that serves the community with the most biometric expertise, enabling swift response and action at the forefront of any homeland security mission.”

IBIA has proposed to host DHS officials at an official forum to discuss the details of the biometrics framework and how it can be properly implemented.

Meanwhile, DHS has already begun making the appropriate technical upgrades to its systems to factor in the new biometric changes.

IBIA agreed with the DHS’s analysis of its current biometrics strategy, which has resulting in higher system costs, limited information sharing, and few incentives for investment in future technologies.

The organization also recommended that DHS expand the supported biometric modalities mentioned in the framework to include voice, rapid DNA and other emerging biometric modalities.

In its point-by-point response to the framework’s strategic objectives, LaDier asked DHS to establish a formal communication mechanism with the biometrics industry.

“Ongoing discussions about DHS’s challenges and requirements are the first step in creating a valuable partnership that will benefit both the Department and the companies that serve its needs,” said LaDier.

IBIA’s complete response to the DHS framework document can be viewed on the organization’s website.

Previously reported, the International Biometrics & Identification Association (IBIA) submitted comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) urging NIST to consider expanding biometrics’ role in a future update to its electronic authentication guidance publication.

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