Legislation spurs biometrics at the borders

Recent bills passed by Congress include:

Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act: Requires that visas issued in the United States and at U.S. missions abroad be biometrics-enabled by 2004; will have international ramifications as the 210 consulates that issue visas work through cultural, policy and technical issues.

USA Patriot Act: Requires the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop standards for biometric technologies for the purposes of conducting background checks, confirming identity and ensuring that a person has not received a visa under a different name.

Aviation and Transportation Security Act: Set in motion "passenger-expedited" or "trusted traveler" programs, which encourage airports and airlines to develop voluntary biometric-based programs for screening passengers.

Featured

  • innovation (Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock.com)

    VA embraces procurement challenges at scale

    Steve Kelman applauds the Department of Veterans Affairs' ambitious attempt to move beyond one-off prize-based contests to combat veteran suicides more effectively.

  • big data AI health data

    Where did the ideas for shutdowns and social distancing come from?

    Steve Kelman offers another story about hero civil servants (and a good president).

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.