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Biometrics and Identity Management

The Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T’s) Biometrics and Identity Management program develops and evaluates more effective biometric and identity technologies to optimize existing inspection and screening operations for people at POE, transportation security checkpoints, secure facilities, and online systems.

Preventing Identity Theft

A 2017 study estimated that identity thieves stole $16 billion dollars in 2016. Once identity thieves have your personal information, they can drain your bank account, run up charges on your credit cards, open new utility accounts, or get medical treatment with your health insurance.  Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to safeguard your personal information and prevent identity theft.

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Fight Against Online Tax Fraud

Identity theft and online fraud are on the rise during tax season as millions of Americans now file their taxes online. In the 2016 tax season, the IRS saw an approximate 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents targeting tax filers.  Sophisticated cybercriminals are looking to steal your identity and fraudulently claim your tax refund, making it critical to stay extra vigilant in the coming weeks.

S&T IDAM-E Fact Sheet

IDAM-E will help HSE enable identity and access management solutions via stakeholder engagement, problem identification, projects, and R&D investments.


The Identity and Access Management Engine (IDAM-E) will help the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) enable identity and access management solutions via stakeholder engagement, problem identification, projects, and research and development (R&D) investments.

Protect Yourself Against Tax Refund Fraud

With the April 15 deadline approaching, millions of Americans are finalizing the preparation and filing of their taxes. Unfortunately, tax season is a busy time for cyber criminals and scammers as well. Tax-refund fraud is a serious and fast-growing problem.

Data Privacy Day: Keep Your Information Safe No Matter How You Get Online

Data Privacy Day, recognized each year on January 28, is an international effort focused on protecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust. Since 2008, Data Privacy Day has encouraged everyone to weigh the benefits and risks of sharing information, understand what their information can be used for, and take steps to protect themselves and their identities.


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