GSA is committed to combating bias. This research study will help us make sure government websites work for everyone.
To improve outreach practices, user testing, and user experience for underserved communities in civic tech design, we’re studying the equity of remote identity-proofing technologies that the American public may interact with when accessing eligible government services and benefits.
GSA plans to release a report with the results from the study in a peer-reviewed publication in 2024. The report will present a statistical analysis of the performance of proofing checks and explore the causes behind any negative or inconclusive results. Once the report is published on GSA.gov, GSA will use the results to inform requirements for future procurements and studies.
Identity proofing is the process of verifying that an individual is who they say they are. Government agencies, financial institutions, and other organizations often require some type of “proof” before granting you access to their services. This is typically done by asking you for documentation such as a driver’s license, a passport, or your Social Security Number.
Traditionally, organizations would take a hard copy of these items while in your presence and a person would physically attest that your documents actually belong to you. These processes help organizations catch people who may be pretending to be you.
Remote identity proofing uses modern technology to streamline this process. In this study, identity-proofing software will try to determine if two images of you belong to the same person. One image will be captured from a government-issued identification that has a picture of you on it, the other from a picture you take of yourself (a “selfie”). GSA will also verify the information you provide (i.e. Social Security Number, address, phone number, etc.) and compare it to data sources to ensure that it also matches.
U.S. state and territory-issued identification cards with a profile photo are eligible, including:
- Driver’s licenses from the 50 states, the District of Columbia (DC), and other US territories (Guam, US Virgin Islands, Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico);
- Non-driver’s license state-issued ID card, this is an identity document that asserts identity but does not give driving privileges.
Please use the same ID for all pictures.
Research on facial verification systems has shown that results can vary significantly depending on a person’s skin tone. To examine this variation, GSA is using the Monk Skin Tone (MST) scale. Providing your skin tone information will help GSA better understand the challenges to equitable performance of facial verification algorithms.
Eligible participants who complete all study steps will receive a $25 gift card.
You will receive two emails after completing the study:
- A confirmation email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
- An email from email@example.com with instructions on how to claim your $25 gift card.
Please check your junk or spam folders. If you do not receive these messages or have any trouble with the compensation please contact Rekrewt (firstname.lastname@example.org), GSA’s recruitment partner, with any questions about compensation.
See the “Frequently Asked Questions” section or “Contact Us” for more information about the study, participation requirements, data privacy, and compensation.