Cato Institute calls biometric exit program “a big waste of money”

The Cato Institute is calling on the U.S. Congress to resist efforts to fund the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) biometric exit program through a DACA deal, calling it “a big waste of money.” In a post written by Cato Institute Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity immigration policy analyst David Bier, the Institute recognizes the security value and practicality of the biometric entry program, US-VISIT, saying it undermines visa fraud. The biometric exit program, in contrast, cannot be easily

ICE sued for info about use of mobile biometric devices in immigration raids

A non-profit group of lawyers is suing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in federal court for failing to release records of its use of mobile biometric devices in immigration raids and joint operations with local law enforcement, Law360 reports. National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild represent immigrants involved in deportation proceedings, and has asked the court to force ICE and the Department of Homeland Security to disclose information about handheld devices, which can reportedly identify

DHS seeks communications professionals to explain biometrics to public

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to hire communications professionals to convey the often complicated message of biometrics to the general public, according to a report by DHS recently posted a request for information (RFI) for a professional communications services on behalf of its Office of Biometric Identity Management, which manages the largest biometrics database in the federal government. The massive repository allows the agency to compare travelers’ fingerprints, iris scans and other biometric identifiers to a watchlist

Identity Strategy Partners issues statement on Homeland Security RFP

Mark Crego, a partner at Identity Strategy Partners, issued a statement yesterday supporting the modernization of biometric identity management technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In his statement, the former chief architect of DHS’s biometric ID system noted that: “[t]he current DHS identity management system was designed to house up to 200 million people’s fingerprints, and support up to 250,000 identification transactions per day. Today the system has over 240 million identities and is conducting over 300,000 transactions

Former 9/11 Commission counsel recommends ways to improve travel ban executive order

Janice Kephart of Identity Strategy Partners, LLP released a statement regarding President Donald Trump’s “Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” (Jan. 27, 2017), as well as offered some recommendations as to how to improve on the plan. President Trump’s executive order temporarily prohibits nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country, along with calling for the expedited development of a national biometric ID program for non-citizens entering and leaving the U.S. In

DHS scrambling to provide facial recognition to airports: report

Two weeks after President Trump signed the controversial immigration and refugee executive order that also called for the expedited completion of a national biometric ID program, the Department of Homeland Security is scrambling to provide airports across the nation with facial recognition software, according to an agency official cited in a report by The Christian Science Monitor. The facial recognition technology will check the identities of all non-citizens leaving the country to confirm they have not overstayed visas, are not

NTT Data wins multi-year contract with DHS’ Office of Biometric Identity Management

NTT Data has been awarded a multi-year, $8 million contract to provide the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) with independent system level testing support and quality assurance services. OBIM provides advanced biometric identification, information sharing and analysis to authorized frontline decision makers so they are able to accurately identify the people they encounter and assess whether they pose a risk to the United States. NTT Data will provide verification and validation for information technology

DHS seeking to install more facial recognition system in airports

The Homeland Security Department is looking to install more cameras for facial recognition in airports throughout the country, according to a report by Next Gov. Customs and Border Protection is seeking sources to provide “mounted facial recognition cameras” to be used in an “airport environment,” according to a solicitation posted on November 15. The cameras would be obtained through a “small business track” on DHS’ indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract vehicle, FirstSource II. The facial recognition cameras are to be

Trump adds biometrics industry veteran to transition team

According to an FCW report, President-elect Donald Trump has named Michael T. Dougherty, currently CEO of the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association (SIBA), as a member of his transition team, with responsibility over the Department of Homeland Security. The transition process, governed by the Presidential Transition Act, ensures the smooth transfer of executive power. Dougherty will provide policy advice to the incoming Trump administration, which has made completing the biometric entry-exit visa tracking system, now in pilot project stage, a

DHS to present on biometric technology at SMi’s Border Security 2017

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is developing a plan to significantly expand the collection of biometric data at US borders to more closely track foreign visitors. The agency will deliver two presentations on the implementation of biometrics at SMi Group’s Border Security 2017 conference, which will held February 15 to 16 in Rome, Italy. Paul Hunter, chief biometrics strategy of the biometrics division at DHS/USCIS/Immigration Records and Identity Services (IRS) Directorate USCIS, DHS will deliver a presentation titled “Homeland