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Executive Briefing Series: Biometrics and Government Transformation

Updated: Feb 16, 2023

ICIT CERTIFIED:  This brief from ICIT Fellow Circle Member Federal News Network offers viewpoints from executives of the  General Services Administration, the Small Business Administration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and CenturyLink discussing how agencies can manage IT complexities in a multi-cloud world. It has been reviewed by ICIT researchers and is a valuable educational document the Institute encourages you to read and share among your community.

Frictionless motion through public spaces, ease of exit and entry of trusted personnel in sensitive federal facilities, better service to the flying public when it comes to going in or out of the country or a busy international hub, and online transactions by citizens. These are among the use cases for which federal agencies are adopting or planning to adopt facial recognition.

This occurs as elastic cloud computing, artificial intelligence and Internet of Things technologies are combining to enable a new generation of biometric applications and rev up legacy ones. Facial recognition algorithms are constantly improving, too, helping developers sidestep skewed or biased results they might have gotten earlier.

Yet challenges remain. In this exclusive executive briefing, the following program, oversight and standards professionals delve into the latest thinking on facial recognition and its application in federal settings:

  • Dr. Angela Landress, Program Manager, Cyber Innovation Office, Defense Information Systems Agency

  • Sung Ha, Officer and Program Manager, Entry/Exit Transformation Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

  • Dr. Shuowen (Sean) Hu, Electronics Engineer, Army Research Lab

  • Benji Hutchinson, Vice President, Federal Operations, NEC Corporation of America

  • Ryan Koder, Branch Chief, System Business Operations, Office of Biometric Identity Management, Department of Homeland Security

  • Dr. Tim Persons, Chief Scientist, Government Accountability Office

  • Dr. P. Jonathon Phillips, Electronic Engineer, Information Technology Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology

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