Steve Yonkers

Director, Identity and Credentialing


Steve Yonkers currently serves as the Director of Biometrics and Credentialing, including the REAL ID program, for the Department of Homeland Security’s HQ Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans (PLCY). In this role, he leads the Department’s management of REAL ID program compliance and enforcement efforts. He also serves as the lead for DHS biometrics and credentialing policy initiatives. Prior to working at PLCY, Mr. Yonkers served 10 years with DHS’s US-VISIT program as the Deputy Assistant Director for Business Policy, Privacy, and Planning. Mr. Yonkers has also held senior-level program inspection and grant management positions with the U.S. Department of Justice. He holds certifications in Identity Management, Information Privacy, and Acquisition Program Management.


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