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Writing Guidelines for Requests for Proposals for Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems



Susan M. Ballou, Michael Garris, Anthony Clay, Joi Dickerson, Peter T. Higgins, Janet Hoin, Lisa Jackson, Mike Lesko, Joe Morrissey, Leo Norton, Beth Owens, Joe Polski, Melissa 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 incorporates input from AFIS practitioners, examiners, users, and vendors. It is intended to provide agencies with an overall guide to critical conditions and decisions, allowing agencies the best opportunity to have a clear and succinct Request for Proposals (RFP), detailed responses for evaluation, and the implementation of the new AFIS with a minimum amount of frustration and delay.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 1155
Report Number


AFIS, fingerprint, forensic science, interoperability, latent print, palmprint, request for proposals


Ballou, S. , Garris, M. , , A. , Dickerson, J. , Higgins, P. , Hoin, J. , Jackson, L. , , M. , Morrissey, J. , Norton, L. , Owens, B. , Polski, J. and Taylor, M. (2013), Writing Guidelines for Requests for Proposals for Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed July 13, 2024)


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Created April 24, 2013, Updated November 10, 2018