Serial No. 110-102: Federal Security: ID Cards and Background Checks, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, April 9, 2008   [open pdf - 4MB]

This is the April 9, 2008 hearing on "Federal Security: ID Cards and Background Checks," held before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement. From the opening statement of Edolphus Towns: "Welcome to today's hearing on Federal Security. This hearing will review two important elements of Federal security: identification cards for Federal employees and contractors, and background checks and security clearances. In 2004, President Bush issued an order titled HSPD [Homeland Security Presidential Directive]-12, adding new requirements in these areas designed to heighten security. In today's hearing we will examine how it is working. There is a lot at stake with these issues. HSPD-12 helps prevent criminals and terrorists from exploiting Federal ID cards to get access to Federal buildings and computers. Counterfeiters are always hard at work to create phony documents and IDs, so we also have to work hard to stay ahead of them. I support this kind of effort, but we have to be careful; otherwise, our eagerness to improve security can lead to increased spending without gains in security. That is why I joined with the ranking member, Mr. Bilbray, in asking GAO [Government Accountability Office] to review HSPD-12 on the basis of both security and efficiency. We are releasing their reports today. On the positive side, GAO found that agencies have made a lot of progress in making sure all their employees have the appropriate background checks, and we salute you for that. But GAO has also found that agencies are making very little progress in issuing the new ID cards and, more importantly, are not even using their new security features." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Karen Evans, Kathy Dillaman, Linda Koontz, Brenda Farrell, Michael Sade, Thomas Wiesner, Robert Zivney, Benjamin Romero, Brian P. Bilbray, and Edolphus Towns.

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