Authentication by Interview (AbI)
The Identity & Passport Service (IPS)
As an executive agency for the Home Office, The United Kingdom Passport Service (UKPS) was responsible for issuing UK passports to British Nationals in the UK. In April 2006 the UKPS was combined with the Home Office Identity Cards Programme to form the Identity and Passport Service (IPS).
The Identity & Passport Service (IPS) Authentication by Interview (AbI)
The AbI Project was one of the eight major projects essential to IPS's Integrated Change Programmes for improving identity verification and preventing identity fraud. The fundamental aim of the project was to use interviewing as part of an integrated application process to authenticate the identity of passport applicants as specified within the IPS Corporate Plan. The benefit of introducing interviews for applicants included a reduction in passport fraud and illegal entry into the UK. This in turn contributed to an overall reduction in crime figures. Furthermore, with the increase of international terrorism, there was an additional need for ever increasing vigilance in detecting fraudulent passport applications and false passports. In line with this, the IPS's vision was to focus on stronger identity authentication for the purpose of issuing passports.
By focusing on stronger identification, IPS was able to provide better client service by safeguarding customer's identities. In turn, this has benefited society by reducing fraud and enabled IPS to continue to provide the best and safest identification process in the UK. The project was the platform for the national identity cards and involved working closely with the Home Office partners.
The specific objectives of the project were to:
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