Janice Kephart writes on border and identity security and programs, especially as they pertain to terrorist travel, as well as leadership and organizational issues at DHS. Kephart is founder of the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association (SIBA).
She recently returned from a Special Counsel position with the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she was asked to testify and then return to staff to support the national, border and identity security aspects of the now Senate-passed immigration reform legislation.
Prior to 9/11, she was responsible for conducting factual investigations into counter-terrorism issues and conducting oversight of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (before the creation of the Department of Homeland Security) as a counsel to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology and Terrorism. Her successes included drafting and passage of the federal identity theft statute used by US attorneys to prosecute identity thieves and support victims. She also put together the only Congressional hearing and record focusing on the foreign terrorist threat on our homeland prior to 9/11.
As National Security Director at a Washington DC think tank for five years, Kephart’s focus was on assuring implementation of 9/11 Commission border recommendations and practical, operational border security measures which resulted in dozens of backgrounders, memos and blogs, including secure credential programs. She also had her own successful consulting firm, 9/11 Security Solutions, where she spent two years evolving and executing strategies on behalf of 9/11 Commission recommendations pertaining to issuance of secure credentials, as her extensive successes with REAL ID Act appropriations and implementations demonstrates.
At SIBA, she is responsible for the strategic direction, government and public relations, legal matters, logo and website creation, and the go-to on just about any policy or strategy conundrum. Kephart attended Duke University and Villanova Law School, and practiced law in her original hometown of Philadelphia for two years prior to moving to Washington D.C.