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