Unisys wins CBP border security contract

Unisys Corporation has been awarded a contract by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), part of the Department of Homeland Security, to update the agency’s technology for identifying people and vehicles entering and exiting the U.S. The Integrated Traveler Initiatives (ITI) contract, awarded as a task order under the Department of Homeland Security’s EAGLE II contract, includes a base plus four additional optional years. The new ITI contract represents the next version of CBP’s Land Border Integration (LBI) project, awarded

DHS/ICE unveils renovated forensic laboratory

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale today unveiled a major renovation of ICE Homeland Security Investigations’ Forensic Laboratory in Tysons Corner, Virginia and lead a tour of the facility. Today’s public unveiling showcased the improvements made over the course of a four-year, multi-phase renovation project that increased the laboratory’s operating space by nearly 10,000 square feet to a total of nearly 40,000 square feet. Begun in 2012, the recently

Homeland Security targets 2018 for biometric exit at key U.S. airports

Last week, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told a Senate committee that biometrics-based exit technology could expand to key U.S. airports by 2018. He told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on June 30 that the US$1 billion Congress allocated last year for a biometrics-based entry-exit system marked a turning point for the department’s efforts. Since 2004, multiple laws have been passed by the Congress that requires full implementation of a biometric entry-exit system at all ports-of-entry. However, the U.S. government

DHS calls on industry to share solutions for the biometric exit program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to share solutions in support for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Biometric Exit Program. According to the RFI, CBP intends to add biometrics to confirm when foreign nationals are departing the United States, in order to deter visa overstays, to identify criminals, and to defeat imposters. “It’s a very helpful RFI,” said Michael Dougherty, CEO of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association. “In short order it

Biometrics and Identity Innovations Forum

Biometrics and Identity Innovations Forum June 29 | Washington, DC In order to survey and discuss DHS advances in biometrics, the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association (SIBA) will host the Biometrics and Identity Innovations Forum in Washington, D.C. on June 29, 2016. The Forum will feature experts and senior officials from CBP, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), DHS Office of Biometrics and Identity Management (OBIM), and the FBI’s Biometrics Center of Excellence. The

Congress votes to form cybersecurity unit with differing biometrics operation plans

The Homeland Security Committee approved a new bill Wednesday by a voice vote to form a new agency within DHS that addresses cybersecurity protection responsibilities, according to a report by Nextgov. The bill calls to transform an existing DHS bureaucracy, the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), into an “operational” agency called the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency. The new agency is expected to take effect under the next White House administration in 2017. A 2015 bill appointed the DHS

U.S. bill proposes biometric technology use at oversea airports for screening travelers

A U.S. congressman and member of the House Committee of Homeland Security recently proposed a new bill to implement biometric screening technology for visa screening procedures at U.S. Embassy posts overseas, according to a report by Texas Insider. The measure, introduced by representative and former CIA officer Will Hurd, is part of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoing counter-terrorism initiative. “As the threats against the United States continue to grow, we must respond by eliminating loopholes, strengthening screening measures,

DSI announces speakers for Identity Management Symposium

Next month, senior leaders from the Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency (DFBA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Defense (DoD) and the intelligence community will gather in Alexandria, Virginia for two days of off the record briefings and informal discussions at the Defense Strategies Institute’s 3rd Annual Identity Management Symposium. The central theme of the symposium is “Advancing Identity Intelligence and Biometric Effectiveness” and it is designed as an educational and training town-hall style forum where thought leaders

National security concerns impacts contract extension, government recordkeeping

Northrop Grumman was recently granted a sole-source extension to supply an unspecified U.S. Army unit with biometric technology. The 12-month, $19.5 million bridge task order will cover systems engineering and technical assistance services. Under the task order, Northrop Grumman will provide technical services until the end of February 2017, when a competitive procurement process is expected to launched through the General Services Administration. Subjected to national security restrictions, public details about the contract extension were heavily redacted. Also, in a

Biometrics in border security and banking, fingerprint technology trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Border security The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is advising the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a new report to reveal a new time frame for implementing a biometric exit system at U.S. airports. The GAO report ultimately finds that DHS had not fulfilled statutory requirements to implement a biometric exit capability and report data on overstays. Gemalto was selected by