STAMFORD, Conn., – L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:ID) today announced that Integrated Biometric Technology LLC (IBT), an L-1 Identity Solutions company, and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service (VR&E), intend to enter into a memorandum of understanding to provide more new employment opportunities for service-connected disabled veterans. As a Federal and State contractor, including to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), IBT may create new job opportunities through the VR&E partnership at fingerprint enrollment centers located nationwide.
As part of the program, veterans will be qualified, screened and trained to become “trusted agents” of IBT to enroll individuals into federally-mandated credentialing programs. Veterans certified as trusted agents of IBT are responsible for gathering demographic and biometric data from individuals that must be secured as it is submitted into various federal screening programs. They also will be integral in the issuance of the secure credential when it is produced.
“American war veterans are a diverse, hard-working and disciplined group of individuals that embody the spirit of our company’s mission to secure our nation and protect our citizens from crime, terrorism and fraud,” said Charlie Carroll, CEO of IBT. “We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to these men and women who have given their lives to the service and protection of our country. We are honored to repay this debt by creating a new set of high-profile and important career opportunities for them within our enrollment service centers across the U.S.”
The most immediate new employment opportunities are expected to be created by IBT’s participation in the HAZPRINT program. With it, IBT supports the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) vetting of commercial truck drivers seeking to carry hazardous materials. IBT currently fingerprints drivers at more than 100 locations around the country.
Additional new employment opportunities also will be created if IBT receives pending credentialing contracts to be awarded by the federal government for Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), the Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC), and other key security initiatives. The TWIC Program alone has the potential to create hundreds of new employment opportunities in the first year. As the network of IBT enrollment centers grows, and other credentialing programs mature, the number of new employment opportunities under the program also could increase commensurately. The VR&E pool of 6,000 job-ready applicants are a valuable recruitment source for a number of the qualified career positions made available through the IBT/VR&E partnership.
Though new employment opportunities are open to all, veterans will be given priority for this vital new employment opportunity. These employees will be used in all current and future IBT federal credentialing contracts.
L-1 Companies are the Recognized Leaders in Electronic Fingerprinting
L-1 Identity Solutions’ companies are nationally recognized leaders in electronic fingerprinting. The company has enrolled nearly four million people to date and by early 2007 is expected to operate over 500 fingerprinting centers across the U.S. and Canada that take over one million prints annually. Employment opportunities for veterans will be available at all locations.
IBT enrollment centers use state-of-the-art live scan equipment from Identix Incorporated, an L-1 Identity Solutions company, to quickly and efficiently capture fingerprints without the use of ink. The information gathered is used to perform fingerprint-based criminal history checks for job applicants and licensees. The information is cross-referenced against databases of known offenders in State and Federal Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS).
Carroll concluded, “Trusted agents are a critical component of the enrollment process run by IBT and are integral to the overall success of programs like TWIC. Without the ability to gather biometric information effectively and safely, and issue a credential that ensures the identity and rights of its holder, our nation and its citizens will never be secure.”
The VR&E program is scheduled to be implemented nationwide beginning in January 2007. For more information about specific job opportunities, please visit www.vetsuccess.gov.
About L-1 Identity Solutions
L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: ID) consists of, among other businesses, the historic operations of Viisage Technology, Inc. and Identix Incorporated, which merged on August 29, 2006. L-1 Identity Solutions, together with its portfolio of companies, offers a comprehensive set of products and solutions for protecting and securing personal identities and assets. Leveraging the industry’s most advanced multi-modal biometric platform for finger, face and iris recognition, our solutions provide a circle of trust around all aspects of an identity and the credentials assigned to it — including proofing, enrollment, issuance and usage. With the trust and confidence in individual identities provided by L-1 Identity Solutions, government entities, law enforcement and border management agencies, and commercial enterprises can better guard the public against global terrorism, crime and identity theft fostered by fraudulent identity. L-1 Identity Solutions is headquartered in Stamford, CT. For more
information, visit www.L1ID.com.
About the United States Department of Veterans Affairs VR&E br />
The VR&E is a national employment resource through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that provides vocational rehabilitation services to service-connected disabled veterans. More than 80 years ago, the U.S. adopted a national policy of providing vocational rehabilitation services to veterans and civilians whose capacity to work was reduced by disability. Today the agency’s focus is on helping veterans transition to high profile employment opportunities after their military service has concluded.
Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements in this press release and those made from time to time by L-1 Identity Solutions through its senior management are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current views based on management’s beliefs and assumptions and information currently available. Forward-looking statements concerning future plans or results are necessarily only estimates, and actual results could differ materially from expectations. Certain factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, among other things, the size and timing of federal contract awards, performance on existing and future contracts, general economic and political conditions and other factors affecting spending by customers, and the unpredictable nature of working with government agencies. Additional risks and
uncertainties are described in the Securities and Exchange Commission filings of the L-1 Identity Solutions, including the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2006. L-1 Identity Solutions expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
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