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DHS & Accenture to expand biometric data sharing with UK, NZ, Canada and Australia.

Security America, The Americas Post: biometric software.

Security America, The Americas Post: biometric software.

The Homeland Security Department’s five-month-old Office of Biometric Identity Management OBIM will use a $33 million contract with Accenture to expand its international data sharing capabilities and widen its secure Web services.

OBIM is focused on improving biometric and biographic data sharing with the Departments of Defense, Justice, and State by increased interoperability. By storing, matching, and analyzing biometric data, linked to biographic information, OBIM provides actionable information on immigration violators, criminals and known or suspected terrorists, she said.

DHS’s nine-month contract with Accenture Federal Services is aimed at decreasing the time, cost and personnel required to support data sharing among the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada and Australia, the company said.

The contract will expand use of secure Web services for all stakeholders, allowing easier and more cost-effective access to OBIM data, said Accenture. Development of “reusable services,” said the company, has allowed OBIM to decrease time and costs for new-user access to the system from nine months to three weeks.