Additional Details on FY 2003 Performance Results - Strategic Goal 6: American Citizens

FY 2003 Performance and Accountability Report
Bureau of Resource Management
December 2003
Report

Performance Goal 1: Assistance for U.S. Citizens Abroad

Initiative/Program #1: American Citizen Services

PERFORMANCE INDICATOR #1: PERCENTAGE OF CONSULAR INFORMATION SHEETS REVISED ON AN ANNUAL BASIS
Initial FY 2003 Target Revised Target FY 2003 Result FY 2003 Performance Ratings
100% N/A 85% Significantly Below Target
Details of 2003 Results
  • Reason for Significant Performance Target Shortfall: The goal of annual revision of all CIS could not be reached this year because crisis management duties and other assistance to Americans with problems abroad took precedence.
  • Steps To Be Taken to Improve Performance: The Department will make a concerted effort to reach 100% in FY 2004.
  • Data Reliability: This data is reliable. The Consular Information Sheets are published at travel.state.gov and show the date of revision.
  • Data Validation: This data show the extent to which information is updated at least annually, ensuring that Consular Information Sheets, which alert Americans to conditions that may affect their safety or travel abroad, are up-to-date for each country and do, in fact, provide a basis for safe travel.
PERFORMANCE INDICATOR #2: ACCESS TO ONLINE REGISTRATION SYSTEM
Initial FY 2003 Target Revised Target FY 2003 Result FY 2003 Performance Ratings
U.S. citizens can use a global Internet-based registration system to inform U.S. embassies and consulates about their planned travel to other countries so that they can be contacted in an emergency. Publish notice of Proposed Information Collection for on-line registration system that will allow both visitors and residents abroad to register electronically. Contract to manage the on-line registration system is on schedule, and a 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection was published in the Federal Register on September 9, 2003. On Target
Details of 2003 Results
  • Reason for Target Revision: Mid-year decision to roll out e-registration for both short-term and long-term residents at one time rather than serially.
  • Data Reliability: The data is reliable. Project milestones, such as software deliveries, are set by contract. Concrete indicators, including software delivery dates, test approval dates, and dates the system will be placed into service, measure progress.
  • Data Validation: Project milestones show progress toward completion of the initiative.
PERFORMANCE INDICATOR #3: STATUS OF HAGUE CONVENTION ON INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION
Initial FY 2003 Target Revised Target FY 2003 Result FY 2003 Performance Ratings
Adoption regulations are published in the Federal Register. N/A A Proposed Rule on the implementation of the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption and Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 was published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2003. On Target
Details of 2003 Results
  • Data Reliability: The information is reliable and confirmed by publication in the Federal Register.
  • Data Validation: The publication of the proposed regulations is a crucial step in the process leading implementation of the Hague Adoption Convention. They establish the rules that will apply to the next steps.
  • Partners: Department of Homeland Security. The Department of Homeland Security encompasses the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) or any successor entity designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security to assume the functions vested in the Attorney General by the IAA relating to INS responsibilities.

Performance Goal 2: Passport Issuance and Integrity

Initiative/Program #2: Secure Passport Issuance

PERFORMANCE INDICATOR #1: DEVELOPMENT OF A BIOMETRICS COLLECTION PROGRAM FOR U.S. PASSPORTS
Initial FY 2003 Target Revised Target FY 2003 Result FY 2003 Performance Ratings
Initial planning and requirements definition for biometrics collection begun. N/A The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) established standards for the integration of biometric identification information into passports and other Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRTDs) in May 2003, enabling the Department to begin to implement the standards in U.S. passports. Initial planning and requirements definition are underway. In July 2003, the Department issued a Request for Information relating to the introduction of a chip with integrated circuit technology into the traditional paper-based passport booklet. On Target
Details of 2003 Results
  • Data Reliability: These data are reliable and confirmed by publication of ICAO standards and the Department's plans and specifications.
  • Data Validation: These data confirms the accomplishment of the necessary first steps in the process that will result in the U.S. issuing a passport that meets international biometric standards and enhances U.S. security.
  • Partners: Project team coordinated efforts with ICAO, DHS, GPO and GSA to set international standards for passport biometrics, initiate the process of modifying the U.S. passport to include the specified technological enhancements, and ensure interagency interoperability.
PERFORMANCE INDICATOR #2: CHECKING OF PASSPORT APPLICATIONS AGAINST SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (SSA) DEATH RECORDS
Initial FY 2003 Target Revised Target FY 2003 Result FY 2003 Performance Ratings
Continue to work to establish a data link with SSA systems. N/A Agreement in principle reached with SSA to check all passport applications against the SSA database. Memorandum of Agreement being prepared. The application software has been modified. Data to be sent as soon as link established and MOU completed. On Target
Details of 2003 Results
  • Data Reliability: Data is produced by SSA and the Department.
  • Data Validation: This data shows the status of efforts to establish a data link that will assist in exposing passport fraud.
  • Partners: Social Security Administration. Collaboration with SSA is necessary to ensure compatibility of software and data link, as well as the parameters of sharing data.