SFIS will be retired on 06/30/18

The Statewide Fingerprint Imaging System (SFIS) will be retired on 06/30/18, per legislation SB-89 (Please see the linked letter from CDSS Director Will Lightbourne to Senator Holly Mitchell announcing that the use of SFIS for CalWORKs will cease on June 30, 2018. Pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code Section 10830, effective July 1, 2018, fingerprinting through SFIS shall no longer be a condition of eligibility for the CalWORKs program.)

06/15/2018 Update

Next steps:

June through October 2018: Specific dates and times for the equipment retrieval at county sites will be communicated two weeks prior to actual retrieval date.

07/02/2018: SFIS Central Site closed to counties. No further fingerprinting required or supported. Website Training materials and Help Desk no longer available.

07/02 - 10/2018: County site decommissioning/retrieval of all equipment.

The following is the high level schedule for picking up the SFIS workstations and network switches from county sites. All times listed are approximate and subject to change. County site point of contact need to make sure they will have access to the comm room(s) to remove the SFIS network switch and have identified which room(s) they are located in. The process of removing equipment from the site may take up to 1.5 hours for sites with one workstation and longer for sites with multiple network switches and workstations. Attn: Counties will continue to follow the lost/stolen equipment policy as posted on the SFIS website.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

July – San Luis Obispo, Kern, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Summer (Jul. – Sep.) – Inyo, Mono, Alpine, Eldorado, Placer, Nevada, Sierra, Plumas, Lassen, Modoc, Siskiyou, Shasta, Del Norte, Humboldt, Trinity, Mendocino, Mariposa, Madera, Yolo, Glenn, Tehama

Fall (Sep. – Dec.) – Monterey, Kings, Tulare, Fresno, San Benito, Santa Cruz, Merced, Tuolumne, Calaveras, Amador, Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Sacramento, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Lake, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Butte, Solano

RESCHEDULED DUE TO UNEXPECTED ISSUES

Winter (Dec. – Mar.) - None at this time.

06/08/2018 Update

  • All County Letter No. 18-68 - June 07, 2018
    SUBJECT: CALIFORNIA WORK OPPORTUNITY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO KIDS (CalWORKs): NOTICE OF STATEWIDE FINGERPRINT IMAGING SYSTEM (SFIS) REPEAL
    The purpose of this letter is to inform County Welfare Departments (CWD) that the use of the Statewide Fingerprint Imaging System (SFIS) as a requirement for issuing California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) benefits shall be discontinued effective July 1, 2018, and that CWDs must verify the identity of all adult applicants in person, with limited exceptions. These requirements also apply to those applicants interviewing telephonically or through other electronic means.

06/04/2018 Update

  • The MAC team has solicited updated Points of Contacts (POC) for all county sites.  Responses due  5/31/18 in order to create workstation equipment and AT&T Network equipment retrieval schedules
  • The MAC team has submitted network termination requests for all county sites. AT&T Network equipment retrieval begins 07/01/2018 and is estimated to continue through October 2018
  •  State Training Program has been decommissioned (Classroom and Web Based Training Program)

Next steps:

06/18/2018: Regional high-level equipment pick-up schedule communicated to counties (Including Portables). Specific dates and times will be communicated two weeks prior to actual retrieval date, beginning June 2018 continuing through October 2018.

07/02/2018: SFIS Central Site closed to counties. No further fingerprinting required or supported. Website Training materials and Help Desk no longer available.

07/02 - 10/2018: County site decommissioning/retrieval of all equipment

03/22/2018 Update

Next steps: The MAC team will contact County Coordinators in May to verify county site contact information and to advise of the SFIS site decommissioning schedule.

Please use the below SFIS project shutdown timeline for your county’s planning purposes:

04/02/2018: SFIS Production code frozen. No further System updates or changes

04/02/2018: SFIS Move/Add/Changes (MACs):

  • New site requests and site move requests frozen (circuits frozen)
  • Workstation Moves/Adds, including Portable Input Workstations remain available until 6/30/2018
  • MAC team begin contacting counties to verify the site contact information and to advise of the site decommissioning schedule

05/01/2018: End SFIS Classroom Training program (Direct Training, Web Based Training & website training materials still available)

06/01/2018: End SFIS Web Based Training program

07/02/2018: SFIS Central Site closed to counties. No further fingerprinting required or supported. Training materials and Help Desk no longer available

07/02 - 10/2018: County site decommissioning/retrieval of all equipment

About Statewide Fingerprint Imaging System (SFIS)

The Statewide Fingerprint Imaging System was developed by the Office of Systems Integration (OSI) in conjunction with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). The system applies state-of-the-art fingerprint imaging technology to eliminate duplicate aid in the State's public assistance programs.

The Los Angeles Automated Finger Image Report and Match (AFIRM) system was the first finger imaging system to be used for a welfare application. Based upon the success of AFIRM, the California Legislature enacted the SFIS.

Explore our site to learn more about this exciting advanced-technology program.

Mission

Using stakeholder input, SFIS applies biometric technology to detect and deter multiple aid fraud in public assistance programs managed and operated by the State of California.

Benefits

What SFIS does:

  • Effectively Eliminates "Duplicate Aid" Fraud
  • Effectively Eliminates Payments to Incorrect Payees Due to Fraud or Administrative Error
  • Provides a Deterrent to Other Types of Fraud

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