The Transportation Security Administration changed its credentialing policy after a convicted felon used a valid federal transportation ID card to gain access to a Virginia Navy base and killed a sailor in March, an official told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee June 4.
An FBI database storing facial images for digital recognition purposes is on track to have 52 million images in it by next year, show bureau documents obtained through a lawsuit.
Documents newly uncovered via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit show Customs and Border Protection blurring the line between border security and other law enforcement operations through the frequency of its unmanned aerial vehicle flights on behalf of other agencies, says the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
"We can now essentially capture our fingerprint with a standard commercial device, there's nothing special about that endpoint. It really drives that price point down," said Jeff Johnson, chief technology officer of the FBI. He spoke on a panel at the annual ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference.
According to a newly released privacy impact statement (.pdf) and local media reports, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will on Sept. 21 run a test to see if off-the-shelf cameras can be used to identify the faces of 20 lab volunteers mingled with people filing into the Toyota Center arena in Kennewick, Wash.
Agencies increasingly use, or plan to use, the biometric data PIV cards to control access to agency networks, but the rise of mobile devices has put a crimp in that, since card readers may easily be integrated into desktops or laptops, but not smartphones or tablets.
A long-awaited specification for biometrics--including iris images--on federal identity cards saw light on July 12 after its release by the National Institute for Standards and Technology. The suitability of iris scans as a biometric came under some question following the July 2012 publication of a Notre Dame University study that found aging produces changes in irises over time.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is still readying a standard for the use of iris images in federal identity cards and intends to release a special publication covering the use of the iris biometric this July, said Charles Romine, director of the NIST Information Technology Laboratory. Romine spoke June 19 during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on government operations. By most standards, the hearing, chaired by Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), was unusual.
The Homeland Security Department wants to upgrade its identification system to a new system that makes use of fingerprint, facial and iris recognition as part implementation of HSPD-12, the 2004 Homeland Security Presidential Directive that requires biometric personal identify verification cards for federal workers.
Broad-based use of biometric screening standards worldwide and interoperability between the Homeland Security Department and other agency systems are among the most significant technology improvements since Sept. 11, 2001, says Robert Mocny, DHS director of US-VISIT.