Ipsidy, a leading provider of secure, mobile biometric identity solutions, including Identity as a Service announced today a suite of biometric identity solutions available for agencies of all U.S. States and the District of Columbia to assist them in complying with certain provisions of the recent Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 (the “Act”). Section 242 of the Act amended the CARES Act 2020 and now requires the State agencies responsible for administering pandemic unemployment assistance (PUA) claims to verify the identity of applicants in an effort to reduce fraud. The Act also provides federal funding to help State agencies implement new identity verification procedures.It was reported only last week that over $36 billion dollars had been stolen across the nation during 2020 by criminals filing fraudulent benefits claims under the names of other people. (USA Today 12/30/20 “How scammers siphoned $36B in fraudulent unemployment payments from US”.) Without the ability to properly verify identities of new and existing claimants, identity fraud in the collection of benefits is likely to continue. Ipsidy harnesses mobile technology to capture a selfie, biometrically match the selfie to a government credential and automatically validate the applicant's state driver's license, or other government issued ID. Ipsidy's biometric identity solutions are designed with intent to maximize data privacy, security and identity assurance levels, based on the internationally recognized standards of GDPR, FIDO2, and NIST 800-63-3 Digital Identity Guidelines. State agencies can launch Ipsidy's identity verification in a matter of days with an easy API integration into their web-enabled claims portals.