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We know that technology doesn’t work equally for everyone. Help us make it better.

By participating in GSA’s study on identity verification technology, you can help identify potential barriers and challenges that impact individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Study details

Interested in helping to ensure identity verification technology works for everyone? We invite you to participate in our research study. By participating in our study on identity verification technology, you can help GSA uncover potential barriers and challenges that impact individuals from diverse backgrounds.

About the study

The current methods of identity verification are often inequitable, leaving certain groups of people unable to access the services they need. The GSA study on Remote Identity Proofing aims to understand how different methods to verify your identity can improve this issue. Participation includes taking pictures of your ID with your smartphone, taking selfies, and providing other personal information. See Frequently Asked Questions for details.

Compensation

Once your participation is complete, Rekrewt, GSA’s recruitment partner, will send you a $25 electronic gift card in compensation to thank you for your time. You can choose an eGift Card from close to a hundred retailers. All compensation will be sent to the email address you provide. Please expect 1-2 business days for payments to be processed. Please note that processing times may be extended during weekends and holidays.

Participation is simple!

Person registering for the study using a mobile device.

1. Register to see if you qualify

Person using their smartphone take a picture of their government issued identification.

2. Take a picture of your ID

Person using their smartphone to take a selfie.

3. Take a selfie

People taking multiple selfies and pictures of their government ID

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 five times

Person inputting information on their smartphone.

5. Provide additional personal information and confirm your device

Person receiving a notification of their compensation gift card on their phone.

6. Choose compensation and get paid

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Learn More

Click any of the questions below for more details.

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.

You will need:

  • a mobile phone with a camera feature;
  • a phone plan associated with your name (it cannot be a virtual phone number like Google Voice, VOIP, etc.);
  • an eligible identity document; and
  • your Social Security Number (SSN)

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.

Your SSN is used to verify your name, date of birth, and address against different records such as credit history reports.

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:

  1. A confirmation email from identityequitystudy@research.gsa.gov.
  2. An email from rewards@reward.tremendous.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 (gsa-support@rekrewt.com), GSA’s recruitment partner, with any questions about compensation. Some participants may not be eligible for compensation. Please note that processing times may be extended during weekends and holidays.

See the “Frequently Asked Questions” section or “Contact Us” for more information about the study, participation requirements, data privacy, and compensation.

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