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CBP’s COO John Sanders Picked to Fill McAleenan’s Role as Acting Commissioner

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan today named Customs and Border Protection Chief Operating Officer John P. Sanders to be acting commissioner of the agency.

McAleenan was moved away from CBP last week to fill the top spot in DHS after Kirstjen Nielsen stepped down.

“John Sanders has proven instrumental to advancing CBP’s mission and organizational priorities across the agency,” McAleenan said in a statement. “In addition to bringing greater focus on the agency’s operational requirements, he has provided strategic direction and oversight to critical enterprise services and operations support functions across the agency. With John Sanders’ leadership, CBP will continue to excel, remain ever vigilant, and accomplish the mission with steadfast resolve.”

Sanders joined CBP in July 2018. Before that he was an advisor for investment firm M33 Growth, CEO at Pramantha Solutions, and on the board of directors for Evolv Technology and OGSystems.

From June 2010 to December 2011 Sanders was deputy assistant administrator at the Transportation Security Administration and from August 2012 to December 2014 he was assistant administrator/chief technology officer at the agency.

Sanders holds a master’s degree in physics from San Diego State University.

“As a key CBP executive, Mr. Sanders participates on several boards and committees dealing with matters involving CBP,” says CBP. “He also serves as a principal representative and consultant for CBP at interagency and international meetings, and leads efforts to partner with industry and other stakeholders to help drive innovation across the agency.”

Bridget Johnson is the Managing Editor for Homeland Security Today. A veteran journalist whose news articles and analyses have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe, Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor and a foreign policy writer at The Hill. Previously she was an editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and syndicated nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. Bridget is a senior fellow specializing in terrorism analysis at the Haym Salomon Center. She is a Senior Risk Analyst for Gate 15, a private investigator and a security consultant. She is an NPR on-air contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Observer, National Review Online, Politico, New York Daily News, The Jerusalem Post, The Hill, Washington Times, RealClearWorld and more, and has myriad television and radio credits including Al-Jazeera and SiriusXM.

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