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Speakers » Walter Hamilton
Sr. Consultant, Identification Technology Partners, USA
Presenting with Richard Conrad
Rap Back Recurrent Vetting – What it is and How it works
This presentation will describe the FBI’s Rap Back service for fingerprint-based recurrent criminal vetting, as implemented by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for its regulated population of aviation workers. Every two years, TSA conducted a fingerprint-based Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) through the FBI for civilian aviation workers. Until recently, there was no way to know (other than through self-reporting) if an aviation worker had committed a disqualifying crime during the interval between when they were initially checked and when their next routine fingerprint criminal background check occurred. This ‘gap’ represented a security vulnerability and both Congress and the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) had urged TSA to implement recurrent criminal vetting for its aviation worker populations.
TSA has now completed its initial deployment of the FBI’s new ‘Rap Back’ service for recurrent criminal vetting of airport and air carrier workers, and is in the process of deploying Rap Back to all 450 regulated airports and air carriers in the US – representing approximately 900,000 workers. TSA is the first US federal agency to implement the FBI’s Rap Back service for civilian workers. The speakers will describe what Rap Back is, how it works, and the lessons learned during TSA’s initial deployment.
Walter Hamilton is a Senior Consultant with Identification Technology Partners (IDTP), a consulting firm in the identity management field. He is a recognized industry authority and subject matter expert on biometric technology. Mr Hamilton has been committed to advancing biometric use and is an advocate for the adoption of open standards, crucial for industry development. He completed a seventh elected term as Chairman and President of the International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA), a Washington, DC-based non-profit trade association that advocates the use of technology to determine identity and enhance security, privacy, productivity and convenience. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of IBIA.
In his work with IDTP, Mr Hamilton is actively involved in supporting government clients in implementing biometric technology in the maritime and aviation transportation sectors. Prior to joining IDTP in 2006, Mr Hamilton served as Vice President and General Manager; Biometric Solutions for Saflink Corporation. Prior to joining Saflink in 1995, Mr Hamilton completed a distinguished 30-year career with Unisys Corporation.