2021 Federal Identity Forum Coverage

September 1, 2021
By Shaun Waterman

The key to controlling the epidemic of fraud that weak digital identity has unleashed on government benefit programs during the pandemic lies in cooperating with oversight authorities and intergovernmental information sharing, White House American Rescue Plan Coordinator Gene Sperling told AFCEA’s 2021 Federal Identity Forum and Expo Wednesday.

“I don't think any of us in the federal government can tell you with 100 percent certainty that somebody who has used an improper identity that was not their own and got an [unemployment insurance] benefit is not also somewhere else in the government using that to try and take an additional benefit,” he said.

August 31, 2021
By Shaun Waterman
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It’s time to abandon the dream of an open, federated, multiplayer identity-provider ecosystem and move on, one of the pioneers of the concept told AFCEA’s 2021 Federal Identity Forum and Expo Tuesday.

“This federation dream that we've been hanging on to a long time, this model of anybody can get a credential from dozens or hundreds of identity providers and use it everywhere, hasn't taken hold, and I don't think it's going to anytime soon,” Jeremy Grant, coordinator of the Better Identity Coalition, said.

August 30, 2021
By Shaun Waterman
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It will be a long time, if ever, before it’s possible to securely deploy internet voting systems for most Americans, but even the most skeptical experts are coming around to the idea that online ballots are OK in certain circumstances, attendees of AFCEA’s 2021 Federal Identity Forum and Expo heard Monday.

That was the takeaway from a panel on election identity, featuring technical experts discussing the development and use of identity technologies in voting. Inevitably, the conversation turned to online voting.

August 26, 2021
By Shaun Waterman
A facial recognition tablet takes a photo of a passenger boarding an international flight during the Sept 2018 launch of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection biometric exit pilot at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. U.S. CBP Photo by Glenn Fawcett

The best facial recognition systems work very well matching people of all races to their file photographs when tested in a real-world scenario, but when the volunteer subjects were wearing face masks, even the better performing systems showed increased racial disparities in performance, Department of Homeland Security officials told AFCEA’s 2021 Federal Identity Forum and Expo Tuesday.

August 25, 2021
By Shaun Waterman
A soldier dons the Capability Set 3 (CS 3) militarized form factor prototype of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) during a Soldier Touchpoint 3 live fire test event at Fort Pickett, Virginia, in October 2020. U.S. Army photo by Courtney Bacon

As the strategic focus of the U.S. military shifts away from the counterinsurgency operations of the war on terror and toward great power competition, so the focus of its biometrics programs is changing as well, Defense Department officials told AFCEA’s 2021 Federal Identity Forum and Expo Tuesday.

August 24, 2021
By Shaun Waterman
An HSI investigator works with facial recognition software. Photo courtesy U.S. ICE

In its effort to ensure there is no hiding place in the United States for war criminals, genocidaires and other human rights abusers, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has sought to harness the power of innovation, employing automated facial recognition technology and clever software algorithms to identify perpetrators who might be in, or be traveling to, America, officials told AFCEA’s 2021 Federal Identity Forum and Expo Tuesday.

August 24, 2021
By Shaun Waterman
Kay Turner, senior counselor for digital identity, inclusion and payment infrastructure to the director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, addresses the virtual 2021 Federal Identity Forum.

The threat to the integrity of the U.S. and global financial system posed by the crisis in online identity is a national security issue, a senior Treasury Department official told the 2021 Federal Identity Forum and Expo Monday.

August 23, 2021
By Shaun Waterman
Two people demonstrate how a device is used to capture imagery of irises for the Next Generation Identification (NGI) Iris Service. Credit: FBI

The FBI has been running a full-scale iris-print ID service as part of its Next Generation Identification, or NGI, system for almost a year now, Douglas Sprouse, a management and program analyst with the bureau’s Biometric Services Section told the 2021 Federal Identity Forum and Expo Monday.