CBP Day 2017

With more than 60,000 employees, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, CBP, is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade.

As the United States’ first unified border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity.

The men and women of CBP are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly one million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals, and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs. Annually, CBP facilitates an average of more than $3 trillion in legitimate trade while enforcing U.S. trade laws.

CBP Day 2017 took a deep dive into the missions of CBP’s components including Border Patrol, Air & Marine, Office of Field Operations, and the Office of Trade to see how to prepare and engage industry to assist meet CBP’s mission.


Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Kristina Tanasichuk, CEO, Government Technology & Services Coalition
  • CHAIR: Alan Carpenter, Vice President, Amyx
  • CHAIR: Kristin Cooke, Director, Acuity

Inside CBP’s Quest for the Cloud

  • Opening remarks: Valerie Isbell, Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information and Technology (OIT)
  • Ed Mays, Executive Director, Enterprise Data Management & Engineering Directorate, Office of Information and Technology
  • Thomas Mills, Chief Systems Engineer, Office of Information and Technology
  • Shannon Laurenz, Chief , Enterprise Data Center Operations Branch, Enterprise

Data Management and Engineering, Office of Information and Technology, Enterprise Services

  • Kyle Barnett, Lead ITSPEC (APPSW), Cargo Systems Development Division, Office of Information and Technology

Land Mobile Radio Communications – The Lifeline for Agents in the Field

  • Kraig Moise, Acting Director Tactical Air, Land & Marine Enterprise Communications (TALMEC)

The Contracting Outlook

  • Earl J. Lewis III, Director, Information Technology Contracting Division

The Budget Outlook

  • Michelle Mrdeza, Senior Advisor, Cornerstone Government A airs & Strategic Advisor, GTSC; former Majority Staff Director of the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security

Luncheon Keynote: Protecting the Border, Our Citizens and Our Border Patrol

  • Ron Vitiello, Acting Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Keynote Panel: Developing New Capabilities in the Office of Trade

  • Brenda Smith, Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Trade
  • Troy Riley, Executive Director, Trade Remedy and Law Enforcement Directorate (TRLED)
  • Randy Mitchell, Director, Commercial Operations and Entry Division, Trade Policy and Programs (TPP)
  • Debbie Augustin, Executive Director, Trade Transformation Office (TTO)

Resource Optimization Strategy and Innovation

  • Colleen Manaher, Executive Director, Planning, Program Analysis and Evaluation, Office of Field operations, Entry/Exit Transformation

Future Strategy for Field Operations

  • John Wagner, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations

Hiring Up! CBP’s Human Resources Mission

  • Linda Jacksta, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Human Resources Management Adjourn