AFCEA Bethesda Recognizes FBI’s On-Time Delivery of $1.1B Biometrics Project

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fingerprintJim Preaskorn, program manager for the FBI’s Next Generation Identification program, has received the Excellence in Mission Award from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Bethesda chapter for the on-time and on-budget delivery of the 10-year, $1.1 billion biometrics program, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Jason Miller writes the NGI program aims to replace the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, launched in 1999, with advanced biometrics to help law enforcement officers improve the process of identifying suspects.

Preaskorn said in an interview with the publication the bureau’s decision to carry out the project in increments has resulted in the delivery of expected capabilities on an annual basis.

“As for the cost and schedule, it was a team effort,” he said.

“It was a $1.1 billion program so we had a whole program office and that philosophy of earned value, schedule containment, and quality as well as scope.”

Increment four of the program went live in September 2014 after the FBI started implementing capabilities with Lockheed Martin in 2011, Miller reports.

Under this increment, facial recognition functionalities and a service that notifies police officers of criminal activity of particular individuals were delivered to the FBI.

Preaskorn said the departments of Defense and Homeland Security and the Office of Personnel Management also use the NGI system to process fingerprints.

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