Committee to Hold Second Hearing on Facial Recognition Technology

Jun 3, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (June 3, 2019)—On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the Committee will hold a hearing on “Facial Recognition Technology (Part II): Ensuring Transparency in Government Use.”

 

WHERE: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

 

WHEN: Tuesday, June 4, 2019

 

TIME: 10:00 a.m.

 

A livestream will broadcast here

 

PURPOSE

 

The hearing will examine the use of facial recognition technology by federal law enforcement entities and the need for oversight and regulation of how this technology is used on American citizens.

 

BACKGROUND

 

  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) maintains one of the largest government facial recognition repositories, that includes approximately 36.4 million photos used by the FBI and state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct facial recognition searches in criminal investigations.

 

  • The Government Accountability Office issued a report concluding that the “FBI has limited information on the accuracy of its face recognition technology capabilities.”

 

  • The Transportation Security Administration has deployed facial recognition technology in domestic airports in at least three pilot programs, in cooperation with another agency.  However, the accuracy of their systems and the scope of their planned use remains unknown.

 

  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is recognized as the main institution for standardized, independent testing of facial recognition technology. In April 2019, NIST released its draft interagency report evaluating the accuracy of face recognition verification algorithms. While the results showed improvement in facial verification technology capabilities, the accuracy rates for images depicting black and female subjects were consistently lower than for those of white and male subjects.

 

  • On May 22, 2019, the Committee held its first hearing this year on facial recognition technology that provided a broad overview on how the use of facial recognition technology can impact the civil rights and liberties of individuals across the country.

 

  • Committee Members showed strong bipartisan support at that hearing for providing transparency and accountability to the use of facial recognition technology.

 

WITNESSES

 

Kimberly J. Del Greco

Deputy Assistant Director

Criminal Justice Information Services

Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

Dr. Gretta Goodwin

Director

Justice and Law Enforcement Issues

Homeland Security and Justice Team

U.S. Government Accountability Office

 

Dr. Charles Romine

Director

Information Technology Laboratory

National Institute of Standards and Technology

 

Austin Gould

Assistant Administrator

Requirements and Capabilities Analysis

Transportation Security Administration

 

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116th Congress