U.S. Visit Strategic Plan and Unique Identity Program

Department of Homeland Security | Nationwide, US
Department of Homeland Security | Nationwide, US
Accenture LLP and U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Nationwide, USA

In partnership with Accenture LLP, HDR has conducted a number of business case assessments for the Department of Homeland Security, including a series of cost benefit analyses that examined biometric processing of individuals entering and leaving the United States, under the U.S.-Visit Strategic Plan. HDR initially conducted an assessment of this processing at only the largest air, sea and land ports of entry. This was later complemented by a full-scale cost benefit analysis on all air, sea and land ports to examine whether the expansion of biometric processing was justifiable. Benefits used in the analysis were classified into two groups—security and facilitization.

For the Department of Homeland Security's Unique Identity program, HDR developed a cost benefit analysis that examined four alternatives that could be used to achieve two specific goals. The first was to upgrade currently existing two-fingerprint capturing technology to 10-print capturing. The second was to integrate the Department of Homeland Security's Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT) and the Department of Justice's Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) in such a manner that the two could share biometric and biographic information across both customer bases. Two types of benefits were examined in this analysis: 1) monetary, inlcuding detection and efficiency; and 2) non-monetary,including intelligence processing capabilities and improving law enforcement officers' situational awareness.

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