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GCN : September 2015
PHOTOCREDITHERE [BrieFing] The Department of Homeland Se- curity has released its vision of how enhanced biometrics capabilities will transform the agency’s operations over the next 10 years. DHS has several biometric-based programs underway, including the Automated Biometric Identification System and various research and development activities in its Sci- ence and Technology Directorate and operational components. The new DHS strategic framework, released in August, will be used to align initiatives to meet strategic goals and objectives, and identify gaps where action plans must be initiated. The framework has three components: 1. Enhance the effectiveness of subject identification. By upgrading its outdated biometric collection sys- tems with current technology, DHS will be able to more efficiently col- lect high-quality biometric data. The updates will also centralize access to federal and international biomet- ric databases to reduce complexity, eliminate duplication of effort and standardize communications with partners. Other objectives include improving real-time access from field locations and using a layered identity verifica- tion approach that expands the use of biometrics beyond fingerprints. 2. Transform identity operations to optimize performance. By automat- ing identity verification, DHS officials expect to reduce processing time and enhance security. Shifting from an encounter-based to a “person-centric” view will make collected data available to more applications, thereby improv- ing decision-making across the agency. DHS will also identify and exploit ways to expand the use of biometrics to verify identity and reduce vulner- abilities and fraud. 3. Refine processes and policies to promote innovation. DHS officials plan to develop joint requirements to more efficiently address overlapping mission needs and oversight issues, es- tablish departmentwide biometric au- thorities and implement standardized solutions to minimize maintenance of duplicative services. An integrated, enterprise biometric framework that uses the latest tech- nologies can help DHS ensure na- tional security and public safety while improving the efficiency and effective- ness of agency operations. The vision statement for the frame- work is available at is.gd/GCN_DHS biometric. • DHS outlines its biometric future BY SUSAN MILLER 8 GCN SEPTEMBER 2015 • GCN.COM editor’s note Too often, it seems the emphasis in public-sector IT coverage is on the projects that have gone wrong: the data breach, the cost overrun or the long-awaited system that makes a mission harder, not easier. Those stories have their place, to be sure — and GCN covers them frequently. Important lessons can be learned from mistakes, and sometimes a problem project needs some public attention to get the remediation efforts rolling. The success stories, however, are often treated like the dog that didn’t bark. Lacking conflict or drama, even high-impact programs and projects can get passed over in favor of the latest train wreck. The GCN Awards are one attempt to address that imbalance. You’ll learn more about the 2015 winners in the October issue, and we will honor them at our Oct. 14 gala, but they deserve an advance shout-out here. Great teams have much to teach us — and these 10 should be celebrated and studied. Here are the 2015 GCN Award winners: 1. Biomedical Research Informatics Computing System: National Institutes of Health 2. Child Care Fraud Detection Solution: Los Angeles County, Calif. 3. eDIVO Mobile App: Department of the Navy 4. FBI Next Generation Identification System: Justice Department 5. Fiscal Note Agency Response System: Utah 6. Global Combat Support System: Department of the Army 7. National Child Victim Identification Program: Department of Homeland Security 8. Non-Emergency Contact Center: Philadelphia 9. Pennsylvania Treasur y Transformation Project: Pennsylvania 10. Swipe to Donate Life Program: Ohio Department of Public Safety — Troy K. Schneider firstname.lastname@example.org / @troyschneider Recognition for those who are doing it right 0915gcn_006-011.indd 8 9/3/15 12:00 PM