A senior FBI staffer has won the Excellence in Mission Award from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Bethesda chapter for the delivery of the $1.1 billion biometrics Next Generation Identification (NGI) programme.James Preaskorn, program manager for NGI at the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS), was handed the award an event on 12 May at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum.”It was a quite a feat. It was actually a 10-year program with six years of contract work. Increments we decided were the best way to deliver functionality each year. We can make sure we have something out there,” said Preaskorn in an interview with Federal News Radio after the awards.”As for the cost and schedule, it was a team effort. It was a $1.1 billion programme, so we had a whole program office and that philosophy of earned value, schedule containment and quality as well as scope. Think of it as a three-legged stool, quality, cost and schedule, saw one off, you have to do something to the others.”The CJIS announced full operational capability of its NGI last September. The FBI's NGI System was developed to expand the Bureau's biometric identification capabilities, ultimately replacing its Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) in addition to adding new services and capabilities.As part of NGI's full operational capability, the NGI team says it is introducing two new services: Rap Back and the Interstate Photo System (IPS). Rap Back enables authorized entities to receive ongoing status notifications of any criminal history reported on individuals holding positions of trust, such as school teachers. Law enforcement agencies, probation and parole offices, and other criminal justice entities will also greatly improve their effectiveness by being advised of subsequent criminal activity of persons under investigation or supervision.The IPS facial recognition service will provide the USA's law enforcement community with an investigative tool that provides an image-searching capability of photographs associated with criminal identities. This effort is a significant step forward for the criminal justice community in utilizing biometrics as an investigative enabler.This latest phase of NGI is only one portion of the FBI's NGI System. Since phase one was deployed in February 2011, the NGI system has introduced enhanced automated fingerprint and latent search capabilities, mobile fingerprint identification, and electronic image storage, all while adding enhanced processing speed and automation for electronic exchange of fingerprints to more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies and other authorized criminal justice partners 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.