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Writing Guidelines to Develop an Memorandum of Understanding for Interoperable Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems



Susan M. Ballou, Michael D. Garris, Anthony Clay, Joi Dickerson, Peter T. Higgins, Lisa Jackson, Joe Morrissey, Beth Owens, Joe Polski, Janet Hoin, Leo Norton, Melissa K. Taylor


This is one of a series of documents prepared by the Latent Print Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) Interoperability Working Group. The purpose of these documents is to provide guidance and a framework to those involved in the identification process who may be tasked to be a project leader or member of a working group for an AFIS purchase, replacement, upgrade, or move to a more biometrics-based identification process. This document is intended to be used as a guide to developing a latent AFIS Interoperability Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between two or more agencies. the document is laid out in a common MOU format and includes suggested headings for each section. Within each section are established questions that can be considered during the development of the MOU. In the format and headings, this document incorporates the key elements of interoperability.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 1156
Report Number


AFIS, fingerprint, forensic science, latent print, memorandum of agreement, memorandum of understanding, palmprint
Created May 14, 2013, Updated November 10, 2018