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Corporate Author United States. Government Accountability Office.

Title Department of State [electronic resource] : undercover tests reveal significant vulnerabilities in State's passport issuance process : report to congressional requesters.

Imprint [Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, [2009]

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Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Federal Documents Online  GA 1.13:GAO-09-447    ---  Available
Description i, 10 p. : ill., digital, PDF file
System Details System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Mode of access via the GAO web site.
Note Title from PDF cover (viewed on May 19, 2009).
"March 2009."
Summary A genuine U.S. passport is a vital document, permitting its owner to travel freely in and out of the United States, prove U.S. citizenship, obtain further identification documents, and set up bank accounts, among other things. Unfortunately, a terrorist or other criminal could take advantage of these benefits by fraudulently obtaining a genuine U.S. passport from the Department of State (State). There are many ways that malicious individuals could fraudulently obtain a genuine U.S. passport, including stealing an American citizen's identity and counterfeiting or fraudulently obtaining identification or citizenship documents to meet State requirements. GAO was asked to proactively test the effectiveness of State's passport issuance process to determine whether the process is vulnerable to fraud. To do so, GAO designed four test scenarios that simulated the actions of a malicious individual who had access to an American citizen's personal identity information. GAO created counterfeit documents for four fictitious or deceased individuals using off-the-shelf, commercially available hardware, software, and materials. An undercover GAO investigator then applied for passports at three United States Postal Service (USPS) locations and a State-run passport office.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Note "GAO-09-447."
Subject United States. Passport Office -- Rules and practice.
Passports -- United States.
National security -- United States.
Added Title Undercover tests reveal significant vulnerabilities in State's passport issuance process
Running Title Vulnerabilities in passport issuance process
Gpo Item No. 0546-D (online)
Sudoc No. GA 1.13:GAO-09-447

 
    
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