Biometrics.gov is the central source of information on biometrics-related activities
of the Federal government. This site and its sister site, www.biometrics.org,
provide a repository of biometrics-related public information
and opportunities for discussion.
These websites, working together, were developed to encourage greater collaboration and sharing of information on biometric activities among government departments and agencies; commercial entities; state, regional, and international organizations; and the general public.
Biometrics.gov provides basic information and links to specific biometric activities in the Federal government. The site includes four main "rooms":
Biometrics Reference. This room
provides general information about biometric technologies, government programs
and privacy planning
- Presidential Directives. This room
provides text of Presidential Directives that touch on biometrics or federal
NSTC Subcommittee on Biometrics and Identity Management Room. This room
provides information on the National Science & Technology Council’s
Subcommittee on Biometrics and Identity Management. The NSTC, a Cabinet-level Council, is the principal
means within the executive branch to coordinate science and technology policy
across the diverse entities that make up the Federal research and development
Standards. This room provides information on federal biometric standards policy, and a registry of recommended standards.
The National Biometrics Challenge
needs, coupled with advances in technology, have necessitated a new look at
biometric priorities. The National Biometrics Challenge
examines the many advances made as government, academia, and the private sector
have collaboratively responded to these priorities. It also
delineates some of the challenges that have yet to be fully
addressed — and offers some new goals that might previously have seemed beyond
reasonable hope of being attained but that today appear achievable in light of
new technologies. [Download]
Since the events on September 11, 2001, the biometric community
has made vast technological improvements in protecting the United States and its
borders. This video will provide an overview of the advancements in
biometric technology across the Federal Government since 9/11. Hi-Res Video (51M) located below, please click the play button. To view the low-res (13M) version click here.
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