(a) Interoperable law enforcement and intelligence electronic data
(1) Requirement for integrated immigration and naturalization
The Immigration and Naturalization Service shall fully
integrate all databases and data systems maintained by the
Service that process or contain information on aliens. The fully
integrated data system shall be an interoperable component of the
electronic data system described in paragraph (2).
(2) Requirement for interoperable data system
Upon the date of commencement of implementation of the plan
required by section 1721(c) of this title, the President shall
develop and implement an interoperable electronic data system to
provide current and immediate access to information in databases
of Federal law enforcement agencies and the intelligence
community that is relevant to determine whether to issue a visa
or to determine the admissibility or deportability of an alien
(also known as the "Chimera system").
(3) Consultation requirement
In the development and implementation of the data system under
this subsection, the President shall consult with the Director of
the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and any
such other agency as may be deemed appropriate.
(4) Technology standard
(A) In general
The data system developed and implemented under this
subsection, and the databases referred to in paragraph (2),
shall utilize the technology standard established pursuant to
section 1379 of this title.
(5) Access to information in data system
Subject to paragraph (6), information in the data system under
this subsection shall be readily and easily accessible -
(A) to any consular officer responsible for the issuance of
(B) to any Federal official responsible for determining an
alien's admissibility to or deportability from the United
(C) to any Federal law enforcement or intelligence officer
determined by regulation to be responsible for the
investigation or identification of aliens.
(6) Limitation on access
The President shall, in accordance with applicable Federal
laws, establish procedures to restrict access to intelligence
information in the data system under this subsection, and the
databases referred to in paragraph (2), under circumstances in
which such information is not to be disclosed directly to
Government officials under paragraph (5).
(b) Name-search capacity and support
(1) In general
The interoperable electronic data system required by subsection
(a) of this section shall -
(A) have the capacity to compensate for disparate name
formats among the different databases referred to in subsection
(a) of this section;
(B) be searchable on a linguistically sensitive basis;
(C) provide adequate user support;
(D) to the extent practicable, utilize commercially available
(E) be adjusted and improved, based upon experience with the
databases and improvements in the underlying technologies and
sciences, on a continuing basis.
(2) Linguistically sensitive searches
(A) In general
To satisfy the requirement of paragraph (1)(B), the
interoperable electronic database shall be searchable based on
linguistically sensitive algorithms that -
(i) account for variations in name formats and
transliterations, including varied spellings and varied
separation or combination of name elements, within a
particular language; and
(ii) incorporate advanced linguistic, mathematical,
statistical, and anthropological research and methods.
(B) Languages required
(i) Priority languages
Linguistically sensitive algorithms shall be developed and
implemented for no fewer than 4 languages designated as high
priorities by the Secretary of State, after consultation with
the Attorney General and the Director of Central
(ii) Implementation schedule
Of the 4 linguistically sensitive algorithms required to be
developed and implemented under clause (i) -
(I) the highest priority language algorithms shall be
implemented within 18 months after May 14, 2002; and
(II) an additional language algorithm shall be
implemented each succeeding year for the next three years.
(3) Adequate user support
The Secretary of State and the Attorney General shall jointly
prescribe procedures to ensure that consular and immigration
officers can, as required, obtain assistance in resolving
identity and other questions that may arise about the names of
aliens seeking visas or admission to the United States that may
be subject to variations in format, transliteration, or other
(4) Interim reports
Six months after May 14, 2002, the President shall submit a
report to the appropriate committees of Congress on the progress
in implementing each requirement of this section.
(5) Reports by intelligence agencies
(A) Current standards
Not later than 60 days after May 14, 2002, the Director of
Central Intelligence shall complete the survey and issue the
report previously required by section 309(a) of the
Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998 (50 U.S.C.
Not later than 120 days after May 14, 2002, the Director of
Central Intelligence shall issue the guidelines and submit the
copy of those guidelines previously required by section 309(b)
of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998.
(6) Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are
necessary to carry out the provisions of this subsection.