Patrick NemethDirector, Identity Operations Division
Office of Biometric Identity Management
Patrick J. Nemeth is the Director of the Identity Operations Division (IOD) in the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) within the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). OBIM, formerly the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) Program, is the lead entity in the DHS for biometric identity management services across Government. Mr. Nemeth’s responsibilities include managing delivery of current identity services through operation of the Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT), fingerprint verification services, and information sharing to ensure a safe, secure, and resilient homeland.
Previously, Mr. Nemeth served as Deputy Assistant Director of US-VISIT’s Identity Services Branch where he led the delivery of biometric and biographic services to Department of Homeland Security and other interagency and international partners, including customer engagement, fingerprint verification, overstay analysis, watch list management, reporting and analysis, and business operation of the IDENT and ADIS systems.
Before joining US-VISIT, Mr. Nemeth was a Senior Intelligence Policy Analyst for the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, developing policy for identity intelligence, conducting interagency outreach to refine biometric enabled intelligence sharing processes; and resolving forensic intelligence policy gaps.
Mr. Nemeth retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2009 after a distinguished 30 year career. He served in various homeland security, law enforcement, intelligence and technology positions at the field, interagency and headquarters levels. He received a Legion of Merit award for his final military assignment as Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence Coordination Center where he directed the integration of law enforcement and foreign intelligence to identify illegal maritime entry of extremist associates and uncover smuggling networks; and provided global maritime intelligence analysis to the Commandant for the strategic planning cycle.
Mr. Nemeth received a Bachelor of Science degree in Government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the American Intercontinental University.