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    FCW: DHS to expand foreign biometric data sharing

    FCW reports that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seeking to expand its sharing of individuals’ biometric information with foreign governments:

    The Homeland Security Department’s five-month-old Office of Biometric Identity Management will use a $33 million contract with Accenture to expand its international data sharing capabilities and widen its secure Web services.

    OBIM, which provides biometric identification services for federal, state and local governments, ramped up operations under DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate in late March. […]

    OBIM Deputy Director Shonnie Lyon told a House Homeland Security subcommittee in May that her agency is focused on improving biometric and biographic data sharing with the Departments of Defense, Justice, and State by increased interoperability. By storing, matching, and analyzing biometric data, linked to biographic information, OBIM provides actionable information on immigration violators, criminals and known or suspected terrorists, she said.

    DHS’s nine-month contract with Accenture Federal Services is aimed at decreasing the time, cost and personnel required to support data sharing among the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada and Australia, the company said.

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