January 28, 2004 testimony of Maura Harty, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, before the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Border Security. Discussion of developments related to the Border Security Act. Includes a progress report on the State Department and VWP countries efforts to establish programs to issue biometric visas and machine-readable passports. Also describes the process of collecting and clearing the fingerprints of visa applicants. AMDOC#: 200405016