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Conference Agenda

Complex Challenges, Collaborative Solutions

 

The 2022 theme, “Complex Challenges, Collaborative Solutions” underscored our commitment to bringing together leading minds from across disciplines to explore best practices and work towards collective solutions. From Chief Raul Ortiz and other agency leaders at DHS, CBP, ICE, and USCIS to Sheriff Clint McDonald of the Southwest Border Sheriff's Coalition and key Capitol Hill staffers and industry experts, this packed line-up addressed some of the most challenging issues with today’s border security, among them.

Check back soon for more information on the 2023 conference agenda. Note: keynotes, plenary panels, and luncheons are open to conference attendees only.

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Opening Keynote Panel Discussion led by Chief Carla Provost

  • Raul Ortiz, Chief, U.S. Border Patrol (Confirmed)

  • Clint McDonald, Executive Director of the Southwest Border Sheriff's Coalition/Texas Sheriff's Coalition (Confirmed)

  • Corey Price, Executive Associate Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations, ICE (Confirmed)

Sponsored by: Anduril

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Panel: Drivers That Have Led to an Increase in Mass Migration and Potential Solutions

As the "The Melting Pot of the World," the U.S. continues to accept more lawful immigrants than the rest of the free world combined. However, the current rate of illegal cross-border entriesand the burden that places on the U.S. justice and immigration systemsthreatens to "break the back" of the fiscal and humanitarian capacity of the wealthiest nation in the world. What's the difference now? In decades past, nearly all illicit border crossers were removed from the U.S. to their home countries through formal deportation (removals) proceedings or via voluntary return (Mexico and Canada). Now, nearly all who are encountered are allowed to remain inside the U.S. They are initially processed at the border as "refugees" and "asylum seekers" and are provided access to cash, food, medical care, schooling, and housing while awaiting their hearings. Many of these illegal aliens abscond, and never show up for scheduled hearings. Others are allowed to wait years before a hearing is conducted. This panel will explore both the changes in U.S. policy in our approach to migrants, as well as the international factors that have led to so many more people seeking refuge here. Finally, the panel will explore possible solutions and paths to return migration to a more manageable operation.

Moderator: Ron Colburn, The Border Patrol Foundation Board of Directors; Former National Deputy Chief, U.S. Border Patrol

Panelists:

  • Robert Bonner, Principal, Bonner ADR & Consulting (Confirmed)

  • Thomas Homan, President & Founder, Homeland Strategic Consulting, LLC (Confirmed)

  • Matthew Hudak, Deputy Chief, U.S. Border Patrol (Confirmed)

  • John Torres, President, Security and Technology Consulting, Guidepost Solutions; Former Acting Director, ICE (Confirmed)

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Panel: New Threats, New Approaches: Law Enforcement's Evolving Tactics to Combat Our Nation's Latest Era of Drug Abuse

 

Law enforcement plays an important role in our multi-faceted National Drug Control Strategy. There have been many destructive eras of drug abuse in our nation dating as far back as the Civil War, but we have never experienced a more deadly period than the current one. The panel will focus on innovative law enforcement investigative techniques and approaches to help turn the tide in our latest era of drug abuse. This will include an emphasis on increasing international partnerships and law enforcement collaboration and the expanded use of technology to combat this deadly threat.

 

Moderator: Mike Braun, President SAVA Workforce Solutions; Former Assistant Administrator and Chief of Operations, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Panelists:

  • Ray Donovan, Assistant Administrator, Chief of Operations, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (Confirmed)

  • James Collins, Executive Director, Strategic Division, U.S. Council on Transnational Organized Crime (Confirmed)

  • Al Giangregorio, Division Chief, Counter Transnational Organized Crime, Financial and Fraud Division, Homeland Security Investigations (Confirmed)

  • David King, Director, San Diego HIDTA and California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement (Retired) (Confirmed)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Panel: The Escalation of Chinese Organized Crime Operations in North America
 

Chinese organized crime has long relied on extensive networks of national and international criminal associates that are fluid and extremely mobile. They adapt easily to the changes around them, have multilingual abilities, are highly sophisticated in their criminal operations that employ the latest technologies, and possess extensive financial capabilities. These criminal enterprises are now heavily involved in North America. They supply money laundering services to Mexico-based drug trafficking organizations (DTOs); are involved in the clandestine manufacture, shipment, and distribution of fentanyl to the U.S. and Canada; are supplying precursor chemicals to Mexico-based DTOs used in the production of fentanyl and methamphetamine on industrial levels; and are managing and directing human trafficking and other complex organized crime schemes. This panel will focus on the pervasive and all-encompassing nature of Chinese organized crime’s growing influence in North America and the steps law enforcement is taking to counter this present-day threat.

Moderator: Mike Braun, President SAVA Workforce Solutions; Former Assistant Administrator and Chief of Operations, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

 

Panelists:

  • Al Giangregorio, Division Chief, Counter Transnational Organized Crime, Financial and Fraud Division, Homeland Security Investigations (Confirmed)

  • Ray Donovan, Assistant Administrator, Chief of Operations, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (Confirmed)

  • James Mandryck, Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Intelligence, U.S Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)

  • David King, Director, San Diego HIDTA and California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement (Retired) (Confirmed)

 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

 

Networking Lunch

 

Sponsored by: LMI


12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

 

Exhibit Hall Open

 

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

NEW: Roundtable Discussion

 

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

Opening Night Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by: SAIC

 

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Border Patrol Foundation's Annual Night at the Alamo

(tickets required)

Tuesday, March 29
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Wednesday, March 30

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Honoring the Memory Ceremony

Border Security Expo honors and recognizes law enforcement personnel, who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This ceremony, inaugurated at Border Security Expo 2012, continues to honor our fallen heroes each year at a special ceremony in the conference hall.

Sponsored by: Akima

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Plenary Panel: Leading the Digital Transformation at the Border

 

With almost $6.4B allocated for IT for the Department of Homeland Security, agencies must be nimble enough to move through all their needs–from modernization of legacy systems to cybersecurity and from improving "digital dexterity" to advancing automation. As importantly, they must guide constantly evolving tools in IT from concept to reality and help agencies deliver such diverse products as the USCIS' Verification Modernization Program to the CBP's Analytic System. Join these technology leaders as they discuss how they plan to tackle the many challenges before them and what they're looking for in an IT partner.

Introduction: Palmer Luckey, Founder, Anduril

Moderator: Charles Armstrong, Former Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information and Technology, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

 

Panelists:

  • Rob McMullen, Deputy Chief Information Officer – Operations, Office of Information and Technology, USCIS

  • Joshua Powell, Deputy Director, Customs and Border Protection Innovation Team (CBP INVNT), Office of the Commissioner (Confirmed)

9:30 am – 11:00 am

Introduction: Heather Molino, Cornerstone Government Affairs

 

Address: Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), a Member of the House Appropriations Committee

Panel: Acquisition and Finance: Understanding Appropriations and Procurement to Operationalize a Capability

 

There are many avenues and intersections between program requirements and capabilities deployment. This panel will help unravel the mystery behind the connections between appropriations, conference reports and budgets, and how that impacts requirements development, acquisition strategy and actual RFP issuance.

Moderator: Patty Todaro Bolin, Managing Partner, ICS Advisory

 

Panelists:

  • Jeff Caine, CFO, CBP (Confirmed)

  • Earl J. Lewis, Executive Director – Procurement Directorate (OA), and Deputy Head of the Contracting Activity, CBP

  • Stephen Roncone, CFO, ICE (Confirmed)

  • Thomas "Tommy" Thompson, Industry Liaison Officer; Former Assistant Director, IT Acquisition Division, ICE (Confirmed)


11:00 am – 11:30 am

 

Panel: Technology Modernization Fund and the Southwest Border Technology Integration Program (TIP)

As DHS and technology both continue to evolve, agency CIOs are tasked with using technology to help projects cut across multiple agencies more smoothly and efficiently.  This session will have CIOs talk about what they’ve been able to useand are planning to usethe innovative funding vehicle, the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF), to deliver services more quickly and more securely. Recently TMF awarded $50mm to the Southwest Border Technology Integration Program. The program will provide standardized and secure data sharing across the Federal enterprise and throughout the immigration lifecycle to improve border flow and capacity management and increase the timeliness and fidelity of data used by decision makers. This project will connect disparate systems, improve cross-agency collaboration, and support data-driven decision-making.

Moderator: Charles Armstrong, Former Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information and Technology, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

 

Panelists:

  • Rachelle B. Henderson, CIO, ICE (Confirmed)

  • Beth Cappello, DCIO, DHS (Confirmed)

  • Eric Hysen, CIO, DHS (Invited)


11:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

 Exhibit Hall Open

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Plenary Panel: Employee Resilience, Integrity and Morale:

A Call to Action

 

What is resilience? What do employees need in terms of resilience in Law Enforcement? This panel will address what the data shows are the problems related to employee morale and resiliency, what has DHS and CBP done recently and what does it have planned to address the underlying problems. How does DHS and CBP define resiliency and how will that inform its workforce management. 

 

Moderator: Elaine Duke, Specialist Executive, Deloitte Consulting, LLP

 

Panelists:

  • Chief Benjamine "Carry" Huffman, Acting Chief Operating Officer, CBP (Confirmed)

  • Angela Bailey, Chief Human Capital Officer, DHS (Confirmed)

 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

 

Networking Lunch

 

Sponsored by: AXON