Follow-up of the FBI's Progress Toward Biometric Interoperability Between IAFIS and IDENT   [open pdf - 459KB]

"This is the Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) sixth review examining the ability of federal law enforcement and immigration authorities to share automated fingerprint identification information. In this report, we describe the progress since December 2004 toward achieving full interoperability between two automated fingerprint systems: the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) and the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Automated Biometric Identification (IDENT). We also describe the DHS's efforts to make its United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) system interoperable with IAFIS. Achieving full interoperability among these systems is intended to provide federal, state, and local law enforcement and immigration officials with direct, real-time access to information in the millions of criminal history and immigration records in IAFIS, IDENT, and US-VISIT. U.S. immigration authorities have long recognized the need for an automated fingerprint identification system to quickly determine the immigration and criminal histories of aliens they apprehend. The FBI and the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), now part of the DHS, began discussing integrating IAFIS and IDENT in the early 1990s, when the two systems were under development. However, the agencies had a difference of opinion, stemming from the different purposes of their systems, as to the number of fingerprints to collect from apprehended individuals. The FBI created IAFIS to automate its Criminal Master File of 10 rolled fingerprints and serve the needs of the broader law enforcement community."

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Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, Report No. I-2006-007
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United States Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General: http://www.usdoj.gov/
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