Strategic Goal 3: Homeland Security - Performance Results for Performance Goal 1

FY 2003 Performance and Accountability Report
Bureau of Resource Management
December 2003

VII. Performance Results



Denial of visas to foreign citizens who would abuse or threaten the United States, while facilitating entry of legitimate applicants



Improve ability to process visas and other services while maintaining the ability to detect when it is appropriate to deny a visa.


Indicator #1: Number of Other Agencies With Access to the Consular Consolidated Database (CCD)

FY Results History 2000 0
2001 0
2002 1
FY 2003
2003 Results 2
Target 2
Rating On Target
Impact CCD access significantly improves effectiveness of national security and counterterrorism activities conducted by all involved agencies.


Indicator #2: Percentage of Files Stored Electronically in Accordance With the Requirements of Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act (PL 107-173)

FY Results History 2000 0
2001 0
2002 100% of the paper files were retained. Preparations for electronic storage began.
FY 2003
2003 Results Software is being developed to support Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) scanning of archival material.
Target Begin to phase in electronic storage. Begin to scan files on ineligible applicants and begin scanning of select applications.
Rating On Target
  • Adjudicating officers now have immediate access to limited set of non-immigrant visa applications and serious refusal files on-line. This provides rapid access to necessary background information.
  • Refusal notes for newly refused cases are being entered into the CCD which gives adjudicating officers a more complete reference from which decisions can be made.


Indicator #3: Development of a Biometrics Collection Program for U.S. Visas

FY Results History 2000
  1. Biometric indicators (photo and two fingerprints) were included in non-immigrant Border Crossing Card (BCC).
  2. All posts in Mexico collected biometric indicators from applicants, both on- and off-site, and transmitted data electronically to Immigration and Naturalization Service.
  1. Biometric BCC program continued.
  2. Facial recognition technology was used to disqualify duplicate entries in Diversity Visa lottery.
  1. Biometric BCC program continued.
  2. Production of BCCs at U.S. Embassy in Mexico supplemented BCC production by INS in periods of great demand.
  3. Use of facial recognition (FR) technology expanded.
FY 2003
2003 Results
  1. Developed recommendations on biometric standards for visas.
  2. Used Facial Recognition (FR) technology to disqualify over 20,000 from the annual Diversity Visa Lottery for filing duplicate entries. To evaluate FR's full potential for combating visa and passport fraud, launched a facial recognition pilot for nonimmigrant visas.
  3. Began worldwide deployment of biometric NIV software, with four posts going live with fingerprint collection in September 2003.
  1. Work with DHS and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to set a biometrics-based standard for the documentation of the visa process.
  2. Continue Biometric BCC program and practical application of FR technology.  
  3. Begin development work on worldwide biometrics collection.
Rating Significantly Above Target
Impact Section 303 of the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002 requires that "Not later than October 26, 2004, the Attorney General and the Secretary of State shall issue to aliens only machine-readable, tamper-resistant visas and travel and entry documents that use biometric identifiers." The results achieved during FY 2003 lay the groundwork for a global biometric enrollment program meeting the requirement of the law.
Other Issues The Department partnered with Department of Homeland Security and the NIST on development of biometric standards.


Mariana Rodriquez, 20, of Tijuana, Mexico laughs as an Immigration and Naturalization Service inspector comments on her new haircut which looks much different than the photo on her visa as she enters the U.S. at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego, California. � AP Photo/David Maung

Photo showing Mariana Rodriquez of Tijuana, Mexico laughing as an Immigration and Naturalization Service inspector comments on her new haircut which looks much different than the photo on her visa.



Enhance cooperation with our European and Eurasian partners to support our systems to identify and interdict terrorists and terrorist threats before they reach our borders.


Indicator #4: Passenger Name Record (PNR) and Advanced Passenger Information (APIS) Requirements

FY Results History 2000 Voluntary program to provide the US Customs Service (USCS) and the Immigration and Naturalization Service with passenger information.
2001 Passenger manifest information taken from visas and passports made mandatory by United States Customs Service.
  • The Department assisted foreign carriers, particularly air carriers to meet the high performance requirements of 97 percent accuracy.
  • APIS program expanded to cruise vessels.
FY 2003
2003 Results Reached a provisional agreement with EU allowing European carriers to provide PNR data beginning in March 2003. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offered a number of proposals to meet EU privacy requirements; negotiations have yielded some concessions from the Europeans, but differences remain.
  • DHS develops software filters to comply with privacy-related undertakings of the European Union.
  • The Department works with foreign governments to gain acceptance/support for data access requirements.
Rating Slightly Below Target
Impact Access to PNR data significantly improves aviation and homeland security.
Other Issues The U.S. is significantly closer to reaching an agreement with the EU Commission that would allow access to PNR data to DHS without being in violation of EU data privacy laws.