DHS requires more personal information from employees, contractors

New data elements include financial history and mother's maiden name

The Homeland Security Department is updating and expanding its record collection to include new categories of personal information on all employees, contractors and volunteers who regularly need access to DHS facilities. The new categories of information include maiden name, mother's maiden name, clearance level, identifying physical information, financial history, duty date and weapons-bearer designation, states a Federal Register notice on June 25.

Other information to be collected includes date of birth, Social Security Number, organizational and employee affiliations, fingerprints, digital color photograph, digital signature and telephone phone numbers.

The Personal Identity Verification Management System is being updated to support implementation of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 that covers physical and logical access to federal facilities. Public comment will be taken until July 27.

The system covers all DHS employees, contractors and their employees, consultants and volunteers who require long-term access to DHS facilities and computer systems, the department said. The system also has been expanded to cover federal emergency responders, foreign nationals on assignment and other federal employees detailed to DHS.

Personal information that is provided to DHS may be shared in DHS, as well as with appropriate federal, state, local and tribal agencies on a need-to-know basis, the notice states.

About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

Reader Comments

Thu, Jul 2, 2009

Unnecessary bureaucracy. Why can't a DoD clearance be sufficient, this is very dangerous and costly.

Thu, Jul 2, 2009 Arthur Downs Camden-Wyoming DE

What is meant by 'weapons bearing' status?

Does this mean people with firarms carry permits? These are typically persons who have already proven that they are 'squeaky clean'.

Does this reflect an agenda being promoted by Janet Napolitano or some unnamed 'commissar' serving in a subordinate capacity?

It appears that Big Nanny may be Big Brother in drag.

Thu, Jul 2, 2009 Paul John Russo

This appears onerous to me -- this data should only have to be collected during the course of background investigations by either DHS or supporting organizations to support hiring or security clearance investigations by DHS or supporting organizations, but should not be required simply to get an idenification card that has a fixed expiration date.

Additionally, this additional data will make the PII database a much more lucrative target for identity thieves.

Sharing this database with agencies that do not have the same level of PII security may also create an unacceptable risk of PII data loss.

Thu, Jul 2, 2009 Frank Landry pa. wyndmoor

Its about time that some one stood up and said. (If you want to work in this bussiness then you have to give up more information about yourself.)

Wed, Jul 1, 2009 Observer

Fine, but how many of the employees and contractors can have confidence that all this personal information will be handled correctly and used correctly? One's thoughts might be drawn to the No-Fly List and Related Lists, and the growing number of data breaches from government mismanagement, not stealthy attack. We're headed for the cloaked version of Total Information Awareness, which continues to live robustly.

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