The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has nearly completed the monumental task of digitally converting over 30 million records and as many as 83 million fingerprint cards, according to an agency press release.
The records are being inputted into the Bureau’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, a state-of-the-art digital platform of biometric and other types of identity information.
The NGI system, expected to be fully operational in September, will replace the Bureau’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), which is used by law enforcement agencies checking criminal histories and fingerprints, veterans, government employees, and the FBI’s Laboratory.
The Bureau’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division is responsible for the files, and staff there has been working for years to input the data into new systems. Those staff members were also experts at finding files within the Bureau’s West Virginia warehouses.