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NCJ Number: 91588 Find in a Library
Title: FBI Has Improved Its Fingerprint Identification Service
Corporate Author: US Government Accountability Office
General Government Division
United States of America
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Azimuth Inc.
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US Government Accountability Office
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Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The FBI's year-long suspension of providing fingerprint identification services for banking institutions and State and local employment and licensing agencies allowed the FBI to reduce its backlog of meeting fingerprint identification requests from agencies it is required to serve and to develop a user fee system.
Abstract: The FBI suspended services to agencies it was not legally required to serve in October 1981 for 1 year. This action was taken to improve processing times on requests for service from other identification system users, primarily criminal justice agencies. During the suspension, the FBI reduced its processing time from about 25 workdays to about 11 workdays; developed a user fee system; and established a fee of $12, which would go into effect when the suspension was lifted. The General Accounting Office found that the justification for suspending services was reasonable and that the user fee adequately represents the FBI's estimated costs to provide the service. Also, the processing time improvement realized during the suspension has continued for all users after the suspension was lifted. An explanation of FBI processing of fingerprint cards is appended. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Fingerprints
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