The International Biometrics & Identification Association (IBIA) has applauded the release of a strategic framework for biometrics by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), while proposing the creation of a formal dialogue to discuss its findings.The IBIA has written a full response to the framework that is available here.Tovah LaDier, Managing Director of IBIA, has congratulated DHS on the release of its Biometrics Strategic Framework.”The Joint Requirements Council and its Information Based Screening and Vetting team produced a thoughtful, meaningful document that addresses many of the ongoing challenges and issues surrounding the use of biometrics in the Department's operations,” said LaDier. “IBIA and its members encourage DHS collaboration with industry and interagency partners to provide a standardized platform that serves the community with the most biometric expertise, enabling swift response and action at the forefront of any homeland security mission.”The IBIA is proposing to take the first step by hosting Department officials to launch a dialogue on the framework and how it can be implemented in practice. “We can't afford to wait. Technical upgrades to DHS systems are already in the works,” LaDier noted. “DHS now recognizes that formal interaction with industry is vital to success. We are taking them at their word and moving forward.”In its response to the framework, IBIA agreed with the Department's analysis of its approach to biometrics, which has led to higher system costs, limited information sharing, and limited incentives for investment in future technologies. IBIA also recommended that DHS expand the supported modalities mentioned in the framework to include voice, Rapid DNA and other emerging biometric modalities.Responding point by point to the framework's strategic objectives, LaDier asked DHS to establish a regular, formal communication mechanism with the biometrics industry. “Ongoing discussions about DHS's challenges and requirements are the first step in creating a valuable partnership that will benefit both the Department and the companies that serve its needs,” she said.