The Department of Homeland Security expects to have a new biographic system that provides more functionality between data repositories in place by June, Fierce Homeland Security reports.
Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that the final plan for the biographic exit program is in the process of being cleared by the Office of Management and Budget.
The system will also provide DHS with automated information in regard to overstays.
Napolitano said once in place, the biographic exit program will act as a platform for a biometric exit program, a plan which the DHS is still ironing out.
DHS could potentially deploy the biometric air exit system within four years, according to Napolitano.
She said the department is currently preparing a report, detailing plans for pursuing the program’s implementation in the coming years.
Congressional leaders have questioned why DHS is in need of additional time in order to implement additional technologies related to the program.
Among the top inhibitors were cost and the manpower to implement a system that covers all exit points from the U.S., Napolitano explained in her written testimony.
Most biometric checkpoints are designed for entry instead of exiting the U.S. and that provides an additional barrier to fully implement the exit program, she said.
In December 2011, Accenture was selected to aid DHS with its biometrics and biographic identification systems.