DHS chief seeks to scale back Real ID requirements

07/15/2009 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is urging Congress to reverse parts of a 2005 law designed to make it tougher for terrorists to obtain the state IDs needed to board aircraft. Some governors have complained that the Bush-era Real ID program would cost $11 billion to implement, and the Obama administration has introduced a scaled-back proposal known as Pass ID. "States agree that Real ID is too rigid and needlessly expensive in mandating how states meet security goals," Napolitano told the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

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