Barbara LeMaster Section Chief
Identity Services Branch Mission Support Services, US-VISIT
Barbara LeMaster serves as the Identity Services Branch Mission Support Services Section Chief for the National Protection and Program Directorate’s (NPPD) US-VISIT, which provides biometric and biographic identification services to assist in verifying the identities of visa applicants and international visitors attempting to enter the United States.
LeMaster oversees efforts that use biometrics to identify individuals who may have violated U.S. immigration laws by overstaying the terms of their admission into the United States. This year, LeMaster’s group is on track to verify more than 100,000 overstay leads. Since 2004, the group’s overstay leads – provided to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection – have resulted in nearly 2,500 arrests and approximately 8,900 visa or port refusals.
Since November 2003, LeMaster has led numerous initiatives to ensure the integrity of the Arrival Departure Information System (ADIS), an automated system to identify individuals who have overstayed the terms of their visas, and the Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT), the DHS-wide system for the storage and processing of biometric information.
NPPD works to reduce risks to the Nation through five mission areas: protect the Nation’s citizens and visitors against dangerous people and goods, protect the Nation’s physical infrastructure, protect and strengthen the Nation’s cyber and communications infrastructure, strengthen the Department’s risk management platform, and strengthen partnerships and foster collaboration and interoperability.