Strategic Goal 6: American Citizens - Performance Results for Performance Goal 2

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


Effective and timely passport issuance, with document integrity assured



Provide American citizens with a travel document that meets or exceeds international standards for passports and maintain current levels of productivity while meeting enhanced security requirements.


Indicator#1: Development of a Biometrics Collection Program for U.S. Passports

FY Results History 2000 Biometrics were not used in U.S. passports.
2001 Biometrics were not used in U.S. passports.
2002 Inclusion of biometric indicators in U.S. passports considered.
FY 2003
2003 Results The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) established standards for the integration of biometric identification information into passports and other Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRTDs) in May 2003, enabling the Department to begin to implement the standards in U.S. passports.

Initial planning and requirements definition are underway. In July 2003, the Department issued a Request for Information relating to the integration of a chip with integrated circuit technology into the traditional paper-based passport booklet.
Target Initial planning and requirements definition for biometrics collection.
Rating On Target
  • This year's result will make possible the issuance of a Request for Proposal (RFP) early in FY 2004, leading to production of the first electronic U.S. passport with contact-less chip technology for storing a full digital facial image biometric by October 26, 2004.
  • The increased use of biometric-enhanced passports will lead to speedier passage of travelers through airport controls, heightened aviation and border security, and added protection against identity theft and passport fraud.


Indicator #2: Checking of Passport Applications Against Social Security Administration (SSA) Death Records

FY Results History 2000 Capability did not exist.
2001 Capability did not exist.


  1. Capability did not exist.
  2. Some initial work done to share data and check information.
FY 2003
2003 Results Agreement in principle reached with SSA to check all passport applications against the SSA database. Memorandum of Agreement being prepared. The application software has been modified. Waiting for link to be established and completion of MOU to send data.
Target Continue to work to establish a data link with SSA systems.
Rating On Target
Impact This result lays the groundwork for a data link that will improve verification of identity for each passport applicant and reduce the possibility of passport issuance to fraudulent applicants. Specifically, the connection will provide the ability to verify current active social security numbers as well as those of deceased individuals.