RAND Hosts Biometric Conference

On March 23, 2001, RAND hosted a U.S. Government Biometrics Conference at its Washington, D.C. office. The Department of Defense (DoD) Biometrics Management Office sponsored the event. Over 100 representatives from DoD, the individual services, and other government agencies participated.

Mr. Phillip Loranger, the Director of the DoD Biometrics Management Office, kicked off the conference by giving an overview of current DoD biometrics initiatives, as well as an update on the activities of the Biometrics Management Office and the recently established Biometrics Fusion Center.

Speakers also discussed testing and evaluation of biometrics products, international government activities, ongoing biometric pilot projects in DoD, and legal and policy issues related to biometrics. Workshops were also held to introduce participants to the technology and address their concerns.

RAND's Kathi Webb and John Woodward discussed RAND's ongoing policy support work for the Biometrics Management Office, and RAND staff Charles Cannon, Brian Jackson, and Frances Walinsky participated in the event.

Army Biometric Applications: Identifying and Addressing Sociocultural Concerns, RAND Project Memorandum (MR-1237), RAND's comprehensive study of legal, sociological and ethical concerns of military use of biometric technologies, will be published in May 2001.