'Work to be done' in common secure-area credentials


Homeland Security Department secure areas screening and credential programs are still a ways from accepting each other's or private sector credentials, said Kelli Ann Walther, senior director of the screening coordination office.

"Establishing in operations the recognition of credentials issued by other agencies or third parties – everybody thinks is a good idea. We're not there yet," Walther said Nov. 29 during a Center for Strategic and International Studies event on the future of homeland security.

The screening coordination office was set up precisely to tackle problems of redundancy in credential issuing to secure areas, and although Walther said the office has made positive strides, "there's more work to be done."

"We want to design credentials that have multi-use, we want common vetting across similar risk environments, we want to electrically verify your entitlement to privileges, license benefited, credentials that we issue, and we want to ensure opportunities for redress," Walther said – but she didn't indicate how it might be possible to get multiple DHS components to cooperate with each other, much less outside third parties.

For more:
- go to the CSIS event webpage (archived audio and some video available)

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