IRS official will oversee HSD's entry-exit system

James 'Jim' Williams, the IRS' deputy associate commissioner for program management, now is on detail at the Homeland Security Department to help with a system to track border crossers.

He will manage the implementation of the U.S. Visitor and Immigration Status Indication Technology system, or US Visit, sources said.

Williams will report to Asa Hutchinson, the department's undersecretary for border and transportation security, sources said.

US Visit is the recently renamed Entry-Exit System that began life last year as a development effort of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service. (Click here for recent GCN coverage)

Homeland Security plans to issue a request for proposals for US Visit around June 15, Secretary Tom Ridge said last month.

The initial funding level for the program this year is estimated at $254 million, with the total cost expected to reach $3.8 billion, according to government sources and the Input consulting firm of Reston, Va.

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