WHSR / TSA INDUSTRY FORUM
The WHSR / TSA Senior Executive Industry Forum was created by the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable (WHSR), in collaboration with the Transportation Security Administration. As a result of a recently signed Memorandum of Agreement between WHSR and TSA, the WHSR / TSA Senior Executive Industry Forum is designed to strengthen industry collaboration with TSA through multiple avenues.
There are two components to the WHSR / TSA Industry project:
1. Senior Executive Industry Forum
Readout of WHSR / TSA Senior Executive Industry Forum's First Meeting
June 5, 2012 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator, John S. Pistole, kicked off the first meeting of the newly created WHSR / TSA Senior Executive Industry Forum. The Forum was established by the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable (WHSR), in collaboration with TSA. The WHSR / TSA Senior Executive Industry Forum is designed to strengthen industry collaboration with TSA through multiple avenues.
There were approximately fifty senior executives representing a diverse cross section of industry. While many participants were members of WHSR, over half were non-members, and almost one third of participants represented small businesses.
Mr. Pistole's remarks focused on the strategic direction of TSA and TSA's ongoing efforts to implement risk-based, intelligence-driven security measures. Immediately following Mr. Pistole's remarks, members of TSA's senior leadership participated in a series of panel discussions which focused on risk based security and operations, information technology and analysis, and the budget and acquisition landscape. Members of the senior leadership team included Dr. Emma Garrison-Alexander, Christopher McLaughlin, David Nicholson, Stephen Sadler, Karen Shelton-Waters, Susan Tashiro, Douglas Hofsass, Latetia Henderson, Robert Boone and Steve Rice.
Throughout the discussions, several themes emerged including criteria applied to TSA's method of evaluating its people, processes and technologies - that is accuracy, efficiency and expense. These three pillars reflect TSA's new evaluation process as it moves to a risk based security initiative.
Today's meeting is the initia' meeting of the WHSR / TSA Senior Executive Industry Forum, which resulted from a Memorandum of Agreement signed by WHSR and TSA on December 6,2011. WHSR hosts and manages all aspects of the Forum's operations and TSA contributes technical expertise along with Senior Leadership engagement. Karen Shelton-Waters and Latetia Henderson are the Executive level leadership for TSA's participation. The Forum will host semi-annual meetings featuring Mr. Pistole and members of the TSA Senior Leadership Team. Additionally WHSR will host smaller, targeted discussions with industry and members of TSA staff to exchange information, ideas and best practices to support TSA's risk based security initiatives.
For more information on today's meeting, or future WHSR / TSA Senior Executive Industry Forum, contact the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable at www.whsrountable.org.
WHSR, founded in 2003, is a 501c(6) non-profit group of individuals from companies who are actively engaged in homeland security policies, practices, procedures, and procurements as a user or supplier of homeland security equipment or services.
2. Working Groups
Launch Date: August/September, 2012
Working groups will meet on a quarterly basis with at least one member of the TSA Senior Leadership Team and discuss particular goals, challenges and industry best practices in the specific area. Working groups will include a variety of topics.
Border Security Technology Consortium
WHSR Hosted First Ever Border Security Technology Consortium Industry Day
The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable hosted the first ever Border Security Technology Consortium Industry Day earlier this month. The workshop was a Government - Industry - Academia forum to explain the benefits and creation of a Border Security Technology Consortium (BSTC) and the associated processes for doing business with the Government and how to join BSTC.
Mark Borkowski, Assistant Commissioner for OTIA at the US Department of Homeland Security's Office of Customs and Border Protection joined WHSR and BSTC senior leadership to OTIA's perspective on this innovative acquisition vehicle for pilots and prototypes.
For more information on the BSTC Industry Day or on to join the BSTC, click here.
U.S. Border Patrol
On February 1, we kicked off an in-depth project with Chief Mike Fisher of the U.S. Border Patrol and his Command Staff. Chief Fisher spent the morning with Senior Executives, discussing the upcoming 2012-2016 National Strategic Plan, and then met with a broad industry group in the afternoon.
On Wednesday, September 26th, WHSR will welcome back Chief Mike Fisher of the U.S. Border Patrol and his Command Staff as follow up to the WHSR / BP Senior Executive Outreach Program. In the kickoff meeting in February, Chief Fisher discussed the 2012-2016 National Strategic Plan. As part of Phase II of the Program, Chief Fisher and his senior leadership team will meet with industry participants to discuss the Chief's Priorities and Critical Tasks. As a result of this meeting, industry participants will have opportunity to share best practices and collaborate on a long term plan for USBP / industry collaboration.