New ID-check system now online for military installations
WASHINGTON — Military installations have a new system for checking the credentials of people trying to gain access.
Department of Defense spokeswoman Lt. Col. Valerie Henderson said in a statement that the system, called the Identity Matching Engine for Security and Analysis, became functional Friday.
The system matches people affiliated with the Department of Defense against an FBI database for active arrest warrants. It also alerts if a person is using a lost or stolen credential or one that is no longer valid.
Moving quickly to implement the system was one of four key recommendations made by the Secretary of Defense after last year's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. The shooter had a valid credential to gain entry.
Henderson says she couldn't say how many installations are using the system.