Kenneth D. Gantt is the Deputy Director of the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) within the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). OBIM, is the lead entity in the DHS for biometric identity management services across Government. Mr. Gantt’s responsibilities include working with OBIM’s customers, stakeholders and DHS mission partners to expand the program’s services to ensure a safe, secure, and resilient homeland.
Previously, Mr. Gantt served as Assistant Director of US-VISIT’s Program Integration and Mission Services Division where he led the delivery of all projects, policy development, information sharing, and biometric and biographic services.
Before joining US-VISIT, Mr. Gantt was the Deputy Director of Operations for the U.S. Army Biometrics Identity Management Agency (BIMA) and the Site Manager for Clarksburg, WV, and surrounding area facilities. He managed the Department of Defense Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) in support of U.S. military operations.
A retired lieutenant colonel, Mr. Gantt commanded a field artillery battalion with the Third Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and he has held command and staff positions at varying levels during his career.
Mr. Gantt received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from John Carroll University in 1983 and a master’s degree in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University in 1994.