Impact of Implementation: A Review of the REAL ID Act and the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, Hearing Before the Oversight of Government Management, The Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, April 29, 2008 [open pdf - 24MB]
From the opening statement of Daniel K. Akaka: "I want to first thank our witnesses for being here today to testify as we review how the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State are implementing the REAL ID Act and the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). I also want to thank Senator Voinovich, my partner on so many issues on this Subcommittee, and welcome him here, too. Last year, following our hearing on REAL ID, he expressed his interest in holding another hearing to examine whether Federal agencies are prepared to implement both REAL ID and WHTI. I share this concern and I am happy that we can work on this issue together. Both REAL ID and WHTI stem from the 9/11 Commission's recommendations on how to improve our efforts to prevent and deter another terrorist attack in the United States. REAL ID was designed to enhance the security of drivers' licenses, as most of the September 11, 2001 hijackers acquired some form of U.S. identification document, some by fraud, which assisted them in boarding commercial flights and renting cars. WHTI is based on the Commission's recommendation that Americans have their identities securely verified when entering the United States. I support the 9/11 Commission's recommendations concerning identification security. However, as the saying goes, the devil is in the details." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Daniel K. Akaka, George V. Voinovich, Jon Tester, Norm Coleman, Susan M. Collins, Ted Stevens, Stewart A. Baker, Derwood K. Staeben, Donna Stone, David Quam, Caroline Fredrickson, Roger J. Dow, Angelo I. Amador, Sophia Cope, Susan Gurley, Ruth Ann Minner, and Janice L. Kephart.
S. Hrg. 110-555; Senate Hearing 110-555
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