Tag Archives: CBP

CBP to Terminate 2 Border Barrier Construction Contracts

Border Wall

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is canceling two contracts for border wall construction projects in the Laredo sector in Texas. The move came more than a month after DHS unveiled its plan for funds the previous administration was planning to use for border barrier projects.

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Linda Jacksta Joins Deep Water Point; Debbie Dowling Quoted

Linda Jacksta

Deep Water Point (DWP) announced Wednesday that Linda Jacksta, a senior border and security intelligence officer from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP), has joined the company. Jacksta worked for CBP for 35 years and led efforts to address multiple border security threats and operational challenges. 

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Sonny Bhagowalia: CBP’s Cloud Data Management Process Has Built-In Cybersecurity

Sonny Bhagowalia

Sonny Bhagowalia, chief information officer of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), said the agency has baked in cybersecurity measures as part of its process for managing the life cycle of data in a cloud computing environment. Bhagowalia said on the Federal Monthly Insights show that CBP uses cloud technology to manage privacy and protect sensitive agency data from advanced persistent threats. 

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Leidos Secures $480M CBP Contract for Non-intrusive Inspection Systems; Jim Moos Quoted

Jim Moos

Leidos has been awarded a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) prime contract to provide Multi-Energy Portal (MEP) systems for non-intrusive inspection (NII) of commercial vehicles at both land and seaports of entry. The multiple-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract is estimated to be worth $480 million. Leidos has other NII contracts with CBP as the end-user. 

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President Biden Nominates John Tien, Jen Easterly, Robert Silvers for DHS, CISA Roles

White House

President Biden has nominated U.S. Army veterans John Tien and Jen Easterly to serve as deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), respectively. Tien has been a managing director at Citigroup since 2011 and served as senior director for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the National Security Council (NSC) during the Obama and Bush administrations. 

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Acting CBP CIO Sonny Bhagowalia Appointed to Full-Time Role

Sonny Bhagowalia

Sonny Bhagowalia, who recently served as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) acting chief information officer, has been appointed to take up the role on a full-time basis. Bhagowalia held the CIO role at the Interior and Treasury departments, Hawaii's state government and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, making his new CBP job his fifth time as a government CIO.

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Customs and Border Protection Issues Privacy Impact Assessment for ‘CBP One’ Mobile App

Customs and Border

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) introduced a mobile application in Oct. 2020 and conducted a privacy impact assessment to help address privacy risks associated with the use of the CBP One app. CBP One seeks to serve as a single portal to various services offered by the agency and is designed for use by travelers, brokers, importers, carriers and international organizations.

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DHS S&T Launches Collaborative Effort to Support Aerial Border Security; Teddy Damour Quoted

DHS Science and

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) has commenced an effort to demonstrate its aerial surveillance technologies in support of security at the U.S.-Canada border. The Congress-supported effort will make use of small unmanned aircraft systems and other types of drones to simulate air domain threats.

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Sonny Bhagowalia: Data Centers Play a Critical Role in CBP Operations

Sonny Bhagowalia

Sonny Bhagowalia, acting assistant commissioner for information and technology and chief information officer at the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), said managed data centers still play a key role in supporting the operations of CBP. He said CBP has implemented a hybrid approach that uses cloud and on-premises data centers as it advances information technology modernization and carry out its mission. 

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Matthew Graviss Named State Department’s First Chief Data Officer

Matthew Graviss

Matthew Graviss, former chief data officer (CDO) of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, has been appointed as CDO with the State Department. He will lead the analytics center within the department's Office of Management Strategy and Solution in efforts to help personnel gain insights from data that can support diplomatic missions.

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