GTM staff has directly supported the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on critical initiatives that help secure the nation's borders. These include initiatives to accurately identify immigrants seeking benefits, digitize DHS’ massive trove of hard copy records, and identify violators who may be in the U.S. illegally.
GTM provided technical staff to collect biometrics and identity data as part of the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Application Support Centers (ASC) benefit applications process. The ASCs have capture fingerprints of people applying for immigration benefits. The process was established to eliminate presumed eligibility problems, increase processing, weed out violators and imposters, and reduce fingerprint card rejection rate.
USCIS digitizes millions of paper records on immigrants and citizens; the digitized file is used in judicial proceedings, national security reviews, law enforcement actions such as detention and deportation, and in the review of benefit applications. For four years, GTM provided staff that developed, designed and maintained the database that is currently used to track and monitor all requests for information from digital and paper file systems.
GTM assisted in the design and implementation of the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program. The goal of this program was threefold – to transform how the U.S. managed its borders, to enhance the security of United States citizens and visitors, and to facilitate legitimate travel and trade.
GTM’s role in US-VISIT was to provide staff for the program’s Data Integrity Group (DIG) and the Law Enforcement and Intelligence (LE&I) unit. Our analysts assisted in identifying errors, omissions and trends, identified instances of fraud, and verified who should be on government watch lists. GTM staff recommended potential corrective actions and provided refined data to agencies conducting law enforcement actions and criminal investigations. The review and reconciliation of this data and subsequent lessons learned regarding the improvement of upstream processes and data quality was pivotal to the unqualified success of the US-VISIT mission.
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