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Executive Briefing with Monte Hawkins, Director of CBP's National Vetting Center

Monte Hawkins, the first director of CBP's newly established National Vetting Center (NVC), met with Council members for an Executive Briefing in August. Joined by the NVC's Technical Director Lori Vislocky, Mr. Hawkins discussed the development of the NVC, which was created through National Security Presidential Memorandum Nine (NSPM-9) in February 2018, and its important mission to strengthen and streamline centralized, real-time intelligence data for border security and immigration vetting partners. Members were given a detailed look at the NVC's efforts to build a business process and technical architecture within a year to support the Center's first vetting program, CBP’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization. Mr. Hawkins and Ms. Vislocky also shared the NVC's future plans to implement new vetting programs and add other partner agencies across the Homeland Security Enterprise. 


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Thought Leadership Meeting with Shonnie Lyon, Director of DHS Office of Biometric Identity Management

Shonnie Lyon, Director of the DHS Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), joined Council members at our Thought Leadership meeting in July. During the session, Mr. Lyon discussed the opportunities and challenges associated with biometrics. He also provided an update on OBIM's initiatives, including the development and implementation of the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART). After the briefing, the Council held an internal members meeting to gather input on the issues and programs associated with our Strategic Campaigns on Immigration/Border Security and Cybersecurity/IT Enterprise Modernization.


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Meet & Greet with House Homeland Security Committee Members

Rep. Xochitl Torres Small and Rep. Elissa Slotkin joined Council members for a Meet & Greet Policy Discussion at Oracle in June. Members learned about the legislative priorities of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, and shared their thoughts on issues such as innovation, emerging tech, and the personnel security process.


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Executive Tour to Atlanta, GA

Nineteen Council member representatives traveled to Atlanta, GA on June 10-11th to visit the ICE Field Office, Atlanta Immigration Court, and CBP and TSA operations at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Members were given a firsthand glimpse of the ongoing operational and strategic challenges involved with securing one of the world’s busiest airports, discussing biometric and facial recognition technologies alongside methods to increase efficiency with CBP and TSA personnel. The tour further provided members with an intimate view of our nation’s immigration system, allowing attendees to tour Atlanta’s ICE Field Office and observe the processes involved with enforcing our nation’s immigration laws. The program included tours of CBP’s entry operations, including baggage and agricultural goods processing; demonstrations of TSA’s enhanced facial recognition technology; a viewing of several Immigration Court hearings; and roundtable discussions with agency leaders on the future direction of our country’s security and immigration system.


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Executive Tour to U.S. Secret Service Training Center

The Council hosted an Executive Tour to the United States Secret Service James J. Rowley Training Center in May, giving members a firsthand look at the protective, investigative, and specialized tactical training programs for Secret Service agents and officers. The day-long program took members around JJRTC's extensive campus, where they witnessed a mock ‘attack on principal’ demonstration in the Tactical Village, took a spin on the center's driving course, and viewed the unique canine training programs developed for the Service. Members also participated in a hands-on demonstration of the center’s virtual training simulator and enjoyed an interactive briefing at the extensive Weapons Library housed there. Deputy Assistant Director Robert Novy and other leaders joined members throughout the day, sharing openly the challenges and opportunities they face on a daily basis.


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Executive Briefing with Linda Jacksta, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Operations Support, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Linda Jacksta, the Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner of CBP Operations Support, briefed Council members in May on the operational challenges facing CBP with leadership changes and mass migration/caravans at our Southwestern Borders. The Operations Support (OS) division brings specialized capabilities to front line operations and is at the intersection of requirements, capabilities, and planning. During the briefing, Jacksta highlighted three key areas for future industry engagement with OS: data analytics, risk management, and situational awareness.


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Executive Tour to Quantico, VA

Twenty-five Council member representatives traveled to Quantico, VA on April 16th to visit the FBI's Laboratory and Operational Technology Divisions. They had the opportunity to meet with the Assistant Directors of both divisions and their Unit Chiefs to learn about the priorities, challenges, and needs of these critical divisions. The program included tours of the Lab's Latent Prints, Forensic Response, and DNA units, where members had a firsthand look at the cutting-edge technology used to support the law enforcement and homeland security communities. Members then visited OTD to view demonstrations of the division's Audio and Video Surveillance capabilities, and tour the facility's machine shop and state-of-the-art antenna chamber.


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Annual Members Meeting with DHS Chief Human Capital Officer Angela Bailey

Council members gathered for our Annual Members Meeting on April 1st to learn more about the Council's plans for 2019, and provide important input on the future direction of our programs and initiatives. DHS's Chief Human Capital Officer Angela Bailey served as the guest speaker at the event, sharing her perspectives and priorities on DHS workforce recruitment, development, and planning. She stressed the need for educational training that addresses a changing security landscape, as well as a strategic approach that adapts to a workforce with diverse career interests. Bailey also emphasized the importance of a strong public-private sector relationship to meet the workforce needs of the Homeland Security Enterprise both now and in the future.


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2019 National Conversation & Release of 4th Annual 20/20 Project Report

The Council's 2019 National Conversation, held on March 11th, brought together more than 100 government and industry leaders to discuss opportunities and challenges surrounding innovation in the Homeland Security Enterprise. The program featured conversations with CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenanWilliam Bryan, Senior Official Performing the Duties of Under Secretary for Science and Technology; Tammy Meckley, Associate Director, Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate at USCIS; and Joanna Ip, Acting Assistant Director, Operational Technology and Cyber Division at ICE/HSI. The event also marked the release of the Council's fourth annual 20/20 Project on the State of the Homeland Security Enterprise Report. Developed with our partner and pro bono project manager Grant Thornton, the 2019 report focuses on the promise of innovation and the pain of bid protests in federal government acquisitions supporting the homeland security mission.


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Executive Briefing with Bob Kolasky, Director of National Risk Management Center, DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

The council hosted an Executive Briefing with Bob KolaskyDirector of the National Risk Management Center, CISA and Daniel Kroese, Senior Advisor within CISA. Building on the Council’s Strategic Campaign on Cybersecurity, the briefing addressed DHS’s efforts to address evolving cyber threats through the creation of the National Risk Management Center, and the ways government and industry can partner to better plan for, manage, and mitigate risk.


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2018 Annual Dinner

The Council’s 2018 Annual Dinner was a special opportunity to celebrate the work done by the public and private sectors in support of the homeland security mission. We were honored to present our Government-Industry Engagement Award to Executive Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s Science & Technology Branch, Christopher Piehota, for his and his team’s incredible efforts to pursue what Chris has called “fruitful partnerships with the private sector.” Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support: ArdentMC * Aveshka, Inc * E3 Federal Solutions * Grant Thornton LLP * Guidehouse * Oracle * Reed Tech * Schambach & Williams


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Executive Briefing with John Fischer, Director of Technology Transfer and Scouting, S&T Directorate

The Council held an Executive Briefing with John Fischer, Director of Technology Scouting and Transition, Science & Technology Directorate. Mr. Fischer discussed the S&T reorganization, which is designed to deliver results to mission owners in 1-3 years. The Directorate is prioritizing finding existing capabilities that will also potentially serve the needs of a commercial market as a way to incentivize industry to invest further funds towards development and transition. Mr. Fischer is seeking ideas for how S&T can better work with industry to learn more about different technologies that companies are working on.


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Executive Briefing with Dr. John Zangardi, DHS CIO

The Council hosted an Executive Roundtable with DHS CIO John Zangardi and our senior-level executives. During the event, Dr. Zangardi shared his top priorities, including the use of the EIS vehicle for network modernization of voice, data, and mobility; SOC optimization using the crawl, walk, run strategy; and data center consolidation. We thank Mark Valcich of Intel Corporation for moderating the discussion. 


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USCIS Reverse Industry Day

As part of our Executive Tour to Vermont, the Council held a Reverse Industry Day for USCIS contracting personnel in Burlington. Sessions focused on market research and pre-RFP communications, as well as procurement challenges to acquiring innovation, and panelists shared insights on how industry and government can work together in a more effective way throughout the acquisition process. 


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Executive Tour to Burlington, VT and Champlain, NY

Twenty-five Council members traveled to Burlington, VT and Champlain, NY to visit critical operational facilities run by ICE and CBP. The visit was an important opportunity for members to hear directly from homeland security officials on-the-ground, who shared the operational challenges they face on a daily basis. The three day program included briefings, discussions, and facility tours at the ICE ERO Law Enforcement Support Center; the Homeland Security Investigations’ Tip Line Operations and Bulk Cash Smuggling Center; and the ICE National Criminal Analysis & Targeting Center. Members also met with CBP officials and toured the Port of Entry in Champlain, getting a firsthand look at the passenger, commercial, and cargo processing operations at one of the busiest crossings on the U.S./Canada border.


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Executive Briefing with GAO Managing Associate Generals Counsel for Procurement Law, Ralph White and Kenneth Patton

Business development, capture, and legal member company representatives attended an Executive Briefing with GAO Managing Associate Generals Counsel for Procurement Law Ralph White and Kenneth Patton. The discussion covered the rules and regulations underlying the bid protest process, the commonalities among homeland security protest cases reviewed by GAO, and data surrounding DHS bid protests in recent years. Thank you to Council Senior Advisor Brian Finch and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP for hosting the discussion.


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Executive Briefing with Scott Bean, FBI Assistant Director of Information Technology Infrastructure Division

The Council welcomed Assistant Director Bean to an Executive Briefing about innovation at LMI's offices. Detailing the budget, workforce, and bureaucratic obstacles often facing government officials in his position, Mr. Bean shared how he works to foster innovation and build a cadre of next generation leaders unafraid to think outside the box. To "innovate where we are, with what we have," Mr. Bean encourages his entire staff to participate in internal "Innovation Weeks," creating a safe environment for his employees to develop new ideas and processes.


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Executive Briefing on Identity Verification and Management

The Council held an Executive Briefing and Government-Industry Reception at the Phoenix Park Hotel. Building on our Strategic Campaign focusing on Immigration and Border Security, the Council hosted John Wagner, the Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner from CBP's Office of Field Operations, and Patricia Cogswell, the Deputy Administrator of TSA, who spoke about their efforts to implement biometrics and identity verification tools, and the nature of cooperation and coordination among the Components on the issue. 


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Executive Tour of FBI's Criminal Justice Information Service Division

The Council brought 27 members to visit the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) in Clarksburg, West Virginia. The FBI’s CJIS is a high-tech hub that provides a range of state of-the-art tools, technologies, and services to law enforcement, national security, and intelligence community partners around the world. The CJIS Division is the largest division of the FBI and serves as the focal point and central repository for criminal justice information services.