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 NextGov.com. 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

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 looks to maintain, replace biometric database system

The Office of Biometric and Identity Management (OBIM) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has selected Enterprise Resource Planned System International, LLC (ERPSI) — a joint venture team between Planned Systems International, Inc. (PSI) and ERP International, LLC (ERP) — to establish and maintain a reporting environment for the Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT), one of the largest biometric databases in the world. IDENT is the central DHS-wide system for storage and processing of biometric and associated biographic information

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

DHS launches Identity Intelligence Biometrics (I2B) pilot project

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis has launched the Identity Intelligence Biometrics (I2B) pilot project, in which the agency will use an automated face and fingerprint biometric identification system to identify known and suspected terrorists, as well as “Special Interest Aliens” (SIAs) found illegally crossing U.S. borders, according to a report by Homeland Security Today. The DHS report on the I2B pilot program states that the agency will use “non-US person biometric records held by

Expect three factor authentication to be implemented following OPM hack

A Department of Homeland Security official said federal personnel will soon be required to use a three-factor authentication method that includes a smartcard, a password and their fingerprints before logging on to computers, according to a report by Nextgov. The decision to enforce the government-wide, three-factor authentication sign-on is designed to boost government agency security measures, following the successful hacking of the Office of Personnel Management by foreign spies. “Several organizations are looking at three-factor authentication,” said Shonnie Lyon, acting

Homeland Security seeking off-the-shelf applications to manage biometric data

The Department of Homeland Security’ Office of Biometric Identity Management is currently looking for off-the-shelf applications that can more effectively store, match and analyze biometric data, according to a report by GCN. In a recent request for information, the agency expressed its interest in pre-existing, off-the-shelf applications capable of providing a range of processing capabilities, including business process and transaction management, biometric matcher middleware, multi-modal biometric fusion, reporting and analytics tools and data storage architecture. The new off-the-shelf applications will

Homeland Security requests information about biometric matching system technologies

The Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) of the Department of Homeland Security has posted a request for information (RFI) to get industry information regarding current and near future technologies to store, match, and analyze biometric data. OBIM will use this information to provide customers with important data regarding immigration violators, criminals, and known or suspected terrorists and supports immigration management and border security decision makers. Supporting national security and public safety as well as enabling operational missions across DHS

U.S. Office of Biometric Identity Management seeks industry input on next-gen biometric technologies

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) is seeking information from the biometrics industry on how to improve its biometric identity systems. OBIM operates the Automated Biometric Identification System (or “IDENT”) which allows it to store and analyze biometric data, and link it with biographic information across government agencies to match or verify the established identities. As of September 2014, IDENT contained more than 170 million biometric identities, and handles approximately 290,000 transactions per day. The

Senate allocates $249 million for biometrics at U.S. border

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) yesterday approved funding legislation that totals US$47.2 billion for the 2015 fiscal year, an US$643 million increase above the level enacted in the 2014 fiscal year. Within this amount, the net discretionary appropriation for the department will be US$39 billion. In total, discretionary appropriations for the DHS have declined by 8.3 percent since fiscal year 2010. The bill provides US$249 million for the Department’s Office of Biometric Identity Management