Transition Watch: Real ID, ready or not
- By Brian Robinson
- Dec 22, 2008
The Obama administration will inherit a real mess in the 3-year-old
effort to mandate state adoption of digital identification card
standards, according to a Computerworld report
Barack Obama so far has made no comment about the Real ID initiative,
and there’s no sign that anyone in the new administration wants to
tangle with the program. Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano—nominated by
Obama to become the next Homeland Security secretary—signed a bill this
year barring her state from participating.
experience could lead to a resolution of the contentious program since
observers believe she could be more effective in negotiating with
governors to find a way out of the current impasse, Computerworld said.
Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.