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WHSR Launches 2015 TSA Industry Engagement Group

The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable (WHSR) announced the launch of its Industry Engagement Group in collaboration with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Office of Acquisition. The Industry Engagement Group will provide private sector organizations the opportunity to work alongside TSA at an enterprise level. This newly founded group will work in conjunction with TSA in order to effectively improve engagement between government and Industry on matters related to overall acquisition.

This project is part of an on-going WHSR/TSA Industry forum and outreach initiative which originally launched in 2012.

Registration opens on Thursday, July 9th. To register for the Industry Engagement Group, please visit: http://www.whsroundtable.org/industryengagementgroup.

Senior Executive Tour Sector San Diego - March 11 - 12

Sixteen Senior Executives representing member companies attended WHSR's first Senior Executives Tour at Sector San Diego March 11 - 12. The visit, planned in collaboration with the US Coast Guard (USCG) and US Border Patrol (USBP), included briefings, tours, demonstrations and discussions with the USCG, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) - both USBP and OFO, and the San Diego Port Authority as well as several other agencies.

The visit kicked off with a reception and dinner with the San Diego Harbor as the backdrop at the San Diego Yacht Club. The Senior Executives received briefings on Sector San Diego, Cyber Challenges, San Diego Port Authority and interagency collaboration with both a ReCOM briefing and discussion of the Southern Border Strategy Joint Task Force Initiative. USCG guided the group on a tour of Sector San Diego that included asset briefings and demonstrations.

The group, guided by USBP agents, toured the Border Infrastructure Systems (BIS). The BIS tour was broken into two parts. Part I consisted of primary and secondary fencing and infrastructure; all weather road; terrain features; urban/rural environment; viewing of stadium style lighting; tunnel threat; and Colonia Libertad. Part II consisted of the Repatriation Gate; Tijuana River Basin; Smugglers Gulch; Bunker Hill; Border Field State Park / Friendship Circle; Maritime threat; Horse Patrol; and a demonstration by the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC).

The Senior Executives also received a tour of the San Ysidro Port of Entry (POE), the largest POE in the world. The San YSidro POE tour consisted of pre-primary, primary, and secondary pedestrian and vehicle inspection procedures; multi-layered enforcement operations and seizures; watch commander office; canine utilization operations; Port Enforcement Team (PET); Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team (ATCET); and Z Portal (X-Ray).

The tour culminated with a stop at Kansas City BBQ - the local watering hole made famous by the movie Top Gun. We caught several Senior Executives up at the iconic piano for a picture or two.

WHSR would like to extend its gratitude to CAPT Jon Spaner (USCG), Chief Rick Barlow (USBP), Director Sidney Aki (CBP, San Ysidro POE) and all of their staffs for making this trip a great success.


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Federal CIO & Director, LexisNexis
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Having the opportunity to discuss small business procurement ideas and challenges with key decision makers in OSC - who are actively seeking real world inputs from small businesses such as ours - has been refreshing and rewarding.

We've had an open, honest, and forthright dialog with the senior leadership of OSC, and are 100% certain that our ideas have been heard and carefully considered."

Lee Plumb
Vice President, Triumph Enterprises, Inc.
"The WHSR/TSA Focus groups have proven to be an invaluable resource to gain greater insight into TSA as well as to have valuable conversations between a wide range of industry companies and TSA stakeholders. This type of open collaboration generates increased awareness of mission problems and can help create better targeted solutions from traditional and non-traditional market participants."

Don Fenhagen
Associate Partner, IBM
"The WHSR/TSA OSC Focus Groups allowed Engility to better understand not just what TSA's challenges are but why they are challenges. They also allowed Engility to learn the key technical, management, personnel, and corporate key factors that Industry must bring to the table to assist TSA and why they are important."

Peter Lierni
Senior Director, Engility
"The WHSR/TSA OSC Focus Groups provided a great opportunity for industry to communicate and collaborate with TSA over a sustained period about mutual goals, expectations, and challenges. Congratulations on a job well done. Let's keep the conversation going."

Steve Mikolaski
Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP
"The open exchange between TSA leadership and industry on the agency's operational challenges and objectives, facilitated by the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable, will have the beneficial effects of enhancing security, speeding deployment of essential technologies, and reducing costs."

Michael T. Dougherty
Director of Law Enforcement Solutions, Raytheon Company