The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is one of the most active users of biometric security systems as they aim to provide the best security possible for the United States.
DHS’s Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) is in charge of biometric identification. OBIM verifies the identity of international travelers in minutes or even seconds to determine if they represent a threat for the US.
The work that OBIM performs in identifying people through biometric systems is highly valued by the government. Last year, OBIM was given a budget of $232 million, a large part of which was dedicated to IT operations and maintenance. This year, the White House is considering an increase in funding for OBIM. They are proposing a budget of $241 million for the 2014 fiscal year.