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Final Bid Solicitation Issued for U.S. Biometric Passports

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 04071662 (posted Jul. 16, 2004)"

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
July 15, 2004

Biometric Passport Procurement Moves Forward

On July 12, 2004, the United States Government Printing Office (GPO) released the final Request for Proposal (RFP) to procure the technological components needed to produce the first U.S. biometric passport. The final Request for Proposal provides the specifications for passport book covers, which will contain an electronic computer chip.

Biometric U.S. passports will include a digital image of the bearer's face and biographic information on the electronic chip embedded in the passport. This will facilitate verification of identity through facial recognition at U.S. ports of entry through the Department of Homeland Security's US-VISIT system. A pilot test for the issuance of biometric passports to U.S. government employees is planned for late December 2004. Issuance to the general public is expected to begin in the first quarter of calendar year 2005. By the end of 2005, all domestically produced U.S. passports will be biometric passports.

The Department of State is committed to producing the most secure, tamper-resistant U.S. passport incorporating new technology. We recognize the inherent security advantages of biometrics and also strive to remain at the forefront of international measures to promote improved border security. The new biometric U.S. passport complies with the International Civil Aviation Organization's standards for incorporation of biometrics in international travel documents such as passports.

Proposals are due to the contract office by August 12, 2004. More information can be found about the Request for Proposal at the Federal Business Opportunities website, http://www.fedbizopps.gov.

 
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