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Janice Kephart

Identity Strategy Partners


Janice Kephart is CEO of Identity Strategy Partners and recipient of the 2015 Women in Biometrics Award, one of five women from over 50 nominated (Sept. 2015). She is a former 9/11 Commission counsel responsible for many of the terrorist travel recommendations in the 9/11 Final Report and attending Terrorist Travel monograph.

Ms. Kephart served as a strategic advisor to the DHS Assistant Secretary for Policy where she supported implementation and stakeholder engagement of the 9/11 Commission border recommendations she had co-authored, including those pertaining to terrorist travel and identity assurance.

She is responsible for buzz phrases such as "terrorist travel" and "assuring people are who they say they are” and recommendations including biometric verification of identity and minimum standards for breeder documents, as well as passport requirements for all persons entering the U.S. She has testified before Congress 19 times on issues including counterterrorism vetting and watch listing, identity as relates to national security, passport and driver license security, biometric border solutions, and visa requirements.

She was invited and spoke before the United Nations National Security Council on terrorist travel and has served twice on the Senate Judiciary Committee as Terrorism and Technology counsel and as a 2013 Immigration Reform Special Counsel. She was formerly founder/CEO of a leading trade organization, the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA) and Americas Director for international border organization BORDERPOL. She spent five years as national security director at a DC think tank and developed/hosted digital homeland security radio show. Janice has hundreds of appearances in international media. Ms. Kephart serves as a key advisory board member, chair and keynote speaker of domestic and international biometrics and identity events, homeland security week, including as chair and co-chair.

She is a graduate of Duke University, and Villanova Law School. She was listed by Duke University as one of their top ten most influential graduates of the 1980s. She has been on the Grammy ballot three times as a spoken word artist and worked with numerous Grammy winners and nominees.

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