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Department of Homeland Security and United States Border Patrol Recognized by the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable

DHS Receives Industry Engagement Award; USBP Receives Innovation Award

The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable (WHSR) presented the 2015 Industry Engagement and Innovation Awards to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the United States Border Patrol (USBP), respectively. The honors were awarded at the Annual Holiday Reception hosted by WHSR on December 2, 2015. Guests in attendance of the WHSR Annual Holiday Reception represented a broad array of Federal Agencies and Senior Industry Executives. The Federal Agencies included the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, and Justice.

The Industry Engagement Award is given to the DHS component or agency that best exemplifies collaboration with Industry. DHS received the 2015 Industry Engagement Award for their adoption of the Border Security Technology Consortium (BSTC). BSTC’s mission is to execute prototyping/piloting initiatives using Other Transaction Authority to leverage both government and consortia technological, financial and human resources. Use of an OTA allows DHS to more rapidly meet border security requirements and close capability gaps. The BSTC creation and ongoing usage within DHS was supported by multiple components throughout the Department, including Customs and Border Protection, the Chief Procurement Office, Science and Technology, and Legal. The BSTC also received strong Congressional support from U.S. Representative Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. BSTC is an unprecedented step forward for DHS in terms of industry engagement in creating an additional Acquisition tool for the benefit of both DHS and Industry. The award was accepted by Russell Deyo, Under Secretary for Management, on behalf of DHS, along with Soraya Correa, DHS Chief Procurement Officer and Jay Martin, DHS S&T Director of RDP.

The Innovation Award, established in 2014, is designed to recognize the agency or government representative with an unusual or first time program with Industry that drives in-depth knowledge of the Government mission set. This year’s Innovation Award honored USBP for the Border Patrol Industry Academy. Launched in the Fall of 2015, the Border Patrol Industry Academy is the first-ever Federal Law Enforcement Industry Academy. The Inaugural Class consists of 50 Senior Level Executives who represent national and international firms of all sizes. The Border Patrol Industry Academy is an extensive program designed to strengthen Industry engagement and understanding of the Border Security mission, practices and objectives in a hands-on environment. The program incorporates training over a one year period for Industry Executives at the USBP HQ facility, Southwest Border Operations, Northern Border Operations and concludes with training at the USBP Academy. Ronald D. Vitiello, Acting Chief, accepted the Innovation Award on behalf of USBP. USBP has a long history of progressive initiatives focused on engaging with Industry and was previously honored with WHSR’s 2012 Industry Engagement Award.

Previous awardees include DHS Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (2014 Industry Engagement), Transportation and Security Administration (2014 Innovation), U.S. Coast Guard (2013 Industry Engagement), USBP (2012 Industry Engagement) and TSA (2012 Industry Engagement).

The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable is proud to announce the release of its 2014 Annual Report.

Please feel free to contact WHSR in order to receive a personal copy.

2015 – 2016 Border Patrol Industry Academy

The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable, in collaboration with the U.S. Border Patrol, kicked off the first ever Federal Law Enforcement Industry Academy – the Border Patrol Industry Academy on October 14 and 15, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Border Patrol Industry Academy Inaugural Class consists of 50 Senior Level Executives who represent national and international firms of all sizes. This extensive program is designed to strengthen Industry collaboration and understanding of the Border Security mission, practices and objectives in an intimate and hands-on environment.

The Border Patrol Industry Academy Curriculum included a robust array of topics designed as both large plenary sessions and more focused breakout sessions.

Over the two-day Kick-Off each Industry Executive attended many comprehensive sessions held within Border Patrol training rooms, participated in discussions with USBP Senior Staff and toured the Headquarters located in the Ronald Reagan Building.

The Academy Class was briefed on USBP Strategy and major initiatives by Border Patrol Chief Fisher, Deputy Chief Vitiello, Chief Hull, Deputy of LEOD, and MROD Deputy Executive Director Allen, among others. The Academy Class also met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner, Kevin McAleenan.

Additionally, Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector Office of DHS, Jose Raul Perales, briefed the group on the importance of the Public/Private Partnership to support the missions of both DHS and Border Security.

This one year program is organized such that USBP knowledge and understanding is built with each successive quarterly session. The second and third sessions are scheduled to be held in late-January at select USBP sites along the Southwest Border and in early May at select USBP sites along the Northern Border, respectively. The program will conclude at the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, NM in early August.


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"The Border Patrol Industry Academy – 2015 is a truly extraordinary opportunity for industry to gain an in-depth insight into the many faces and responsibilities of the United States Border Patrol. The Border Patrol and Washington Homeland Security Roundtable have pulled out all the stops to make this initiative an overwhelming success. The quality and candidness of the speakers is outstanding. You come away with not only a better understanding of the difficulty and complexity involved in defending our Nation’s borders but also a deep appreciation for the professionalism, sacrifice and service that the men and women of the Border Patrol exhibit every day.

The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable hits yet another homerun in organizing this exceptional series of Government/industry engagements."

Merv Leavitt
Vice President, SCRA
"WHSR is simply a class act. They make it a point to keep senior officials and executives engaged, collaborative, and pushing the curve just enough to help influence change. There is no better engagement with SES DHS officials than WHSR - and they just make you feel good too.

Right mission. Right approach. Right size. You should be here too."

Mark Sheppard
Federal CIO & Director, LexisNexis
"Triumph Enterprises, Inc. is most appreciative of the opportunity to be an integral part of the WHSR/TSA OSC Small Business Focus Group. The experience has been extremely positive for us.

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