FBI official: Biometrics not ready for large-scale uses

    Date07 Oct 2002
    CategoryGovernment
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Agencies are not yet ready to deploy biometrics on a large scale, an FBI IT official said, and projects like the agency's own U.S. Border Control Entry and Exit System have a long way to go."Biometric identification is not a technology that is applicable on an agencywide basis," Selena Hutchinson, the FBI's acting deputy CIO, said in an interview.. . . Agencies are not yet ready to deploy biometrics on a large scale, an FBI IT official said, and projects like the agency's own U.S. Border Control Entry and Exit System have a long way to go."Biometric identification is not a technology that is applicable on an agencywide basis," Selena Hutchinson, the FBI's acting deputy CIO, said in an interview.

    The FBI has been using fingerprint indicia for the past decade to identify criminals and do background checks on its own employees with its Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS). The Defense Department is considering using biometrics for its Common Access Cards.

    "In all cases, biometrics are used in context of the mission and not agencywide," Hutchinson said.

    She said agencies can learn from some of her own challenges implementing and using IAFIS. "The implementation of biometrics technology in the context of large-scale identification systems is a very complex task that requires the development of new business processes that must meet often contradictory requirements," Hutchinson said.

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