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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency Officials Address NVTC Board

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) CIO and Assistant Commissioner Charles Armstrong, and Senior Advisor to the Commissioner for Trade and Public Engagement Maria Luisa O’Connell joined the NVTC Board of Directors on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at LMI in McLean to discuss how CBP uses technology and innovation to transform its initiatives.

(L-R) U.S. CBP Senior Advisor to the Commissioner for Trade and Public Engagement Maria Luisa O’Connell, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg, and NVTC Chair Brad Antle of Salient Federal Soultions.
(L-R) U.S. CBP Senior Advisor to the Commissioner for Trade and Public Engagement Maria Luisa O’Connell, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg, and NVTC Chair Brad Antle of Salient Federal Soultions.

O’Connell shared how CBP focuses on ensuring efficient supply chains and secure trade flow to support the import/export market and keep America economically competitive. Armstrong explained that CBP is looking to modernize its infrastructure – moving into agile development to reduce development cycles and cost and to improve operation and maintenance. The agency is in the process of moving from legacy systems to a standardized platform, the Common Cloud Computing Environment (C3E) platform, by 2015.

(L-R) O’Connell, Kilberg, Antle and Charles Armstrong, CBP CIO and Assistant Commissioner.
(L-R) O’Connell, Kilberg, Antle and Charles Armstrong, CBP CIO
and assistant commissioner.

Armstrong also discussed how CBP is starting to utilize mobile technologies to improve its interactions with the public and transactions in the field. In addition, he summarized work being conducted by CBP’s eight scientific labs, including forensic analysis and radiation detection, and shared how the agency uses the large volumes of data it gathers to produce actionable business intelligence.

During a question and answer session, Armstrong and O’Connell addressed questions about cybersecurity, the logistical and infrastructure challenges of port expansions, and how innovation is incorporated in CBP’s contracting process.