At a press conference earlier today, the Department of Homeland Security released the final rule on REAL ID. The press release summarizes the proposed changes – at least those addressing the deadlines for implementation.
The Department released preliminary rules on REAL ID in March of 2007, and in May USACM submitted lengthy comments objecting to various provisions of the proposed rules, as did 21,000 other parties. We have not had a chance yet to read the final rule closely, but expect to make a more detailed post on the subject soon. If the initial press is any indication, most of the changes appear to focus on the implementation of REAL ID, and not the significant privacy and security concerns raised by USACM and others.