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Homeland Security

The model of Homeland Security embraces a singular definitive purpose, which is defending the United States of America from further terrorist attacks. The design and implementation of a national strategy includes the centralization of literally hundreds of thousands of personnel across a myriad of agencies, with separate organizational structures, communications technology, protocols, training, and mission requirements. This page also includes overall national security which encompasses diplomatic, economic, and political power and the profiles of women who have dedicated their lives and careers to the protection of the homeland and nation all over the globe.

Success is measured in the decentralized implementation of the strategy as a Brookings scholar noted, wherein the decisions made at the outer edges of activity, far from the nation's capital, are as crucial to the success as the decisions made at the center. Often these are the decisions that will confront law enforcement personnel and other first responders to a critical incident. Both disciplines require training to recognize and react to the different dimensions of a terrorist threat. Implementing the schema for interoperability between the tangible operational functions and resources may not be as difficult as designing a plan in which organizational cultures can coalesce.

General Homeland Security Resources:

Visit here for the official website of the U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

·         The Department of Homeland Security offers the DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report, which is collected each business day as a summary of open-source published information concerning significant critical infrastructure issues.

The White House’s efforts to promote Homeland Security are listed here including fact sheets, blog posts, strategies to combat terrorism, and relevant reports.

The full Homeland Security Act can be referenced here. A summary can of the Homeland Security Act can be found here along with summaries of other acts that were passed following September 11, 2001.

ANSER operates a federally funded research and development center on behalf of the DHS.

The Heritage Foundation provides insight and analysis into current homeland security strategy and practices.

The Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University provides expertise, analysis, and testimony on key homeland security issues, including numerous publications.

Many major news outlets have dedicated pages for homeland security reporting and analysis including the New York Times, ABC News, and NPR. Some sites are dedicated to homeland security news, such as Homeland Security Network and Homeland Security News Wire

The Select Committee on Homeland Security provides Congressional oversight for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It has six subcommittees dedicated to subsets in the Committee’s jurisdiction.

Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) outlines the strategic framework to guide the activities of participants in homeland security toward a common end. The most recent report was released in 2014.

National Infrastructure Protection Plan provides a framework, which integrates efforts to secure and enhance the safety of critical American infrastructure. The most recent report was released in 2013.

The Federation of American Scientists keeps an updated archive of Congressional Research Service Reports on Homeland Security.

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is a collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. The HSDL is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) releases reports and testimonies about homeland security issues.

Homeland Security Reports:

Terrorism Resources

Preparing Your Home, Family, and Business for Terrorist Attacks, by US Representative Robert Pittenger is a beginner’s handbook to preparing for terrorism.

Terrorism and other criminal activity in the homeland is often thwarted when suspicious activity is reported.

The Terror Threat Snapshot is a monthly assessment of the growing threat that America faces from terrorist groups such as ISIS. New Snapshots are released here.

The 2015 report Domestic Terrorism: A National Assessment of State and Local Preparedness includes a net assessment of domestic terrorist threat, identification of promising anti-terrorist and counter-terrorist programs, and identification of programs to counter potential future threats.

To access resources about bomb threats:

Cybersecurity Resources

US-CERT offers a complete list of tips for non-technical computer users to handle common security issues.

Frank J. Cilluffo’s, Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute, released a statement on cyber threats from China, Russia, and Iran to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Homeland Security, March 20, 2013.

The Guide To Keeping Your Social Media Accounts Secure 2015 includes protective measures and account management directions for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Youtube, Instagram, and Flickr.

LIFARS is a digital forensics and cybersecurity intelligence firm that offers solutions to cybersecurity issues. LIFARS also publishes articles about security alerts and breaches, information on how to improve personal and business cybersecurity, and cyberterrorism. 

Border Security Resources

The US Customs and Border Protection website offers a few handbooks and reports here.

The Homeland Security Advisory Council released the Interim Report of the CBP Integrity Advisory Panel in 2015, which assesses the US Custom and Border Protection's transparency, use of force, and efforts to combat corruption.

Border Security: Immigration Enforcement Between Ports of Entry is a report that analyzes trends in illegal border flows and the state of border security.

See here for President Obama's plan to handle immigration and border security.

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Featured Women:

Janice Ayala

Janice Ayala is the Assistant Director for Domestic Operations, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. For more information see here.

Tracey Bardorf

Tracey Bardorf is assistant director of the Office of Policy for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.

Most recently, Ms. Bardorf served in the agency's Office of the Director. She served as special advisor to the director working on international strategy and policy and ICE's engagement with Mexico.

Prior to joining ICE, Ms. Bardorf served as the Department of Justice's resident legal advisor in Mexico City and as an assistant U.S. attorney in Phoenix, where she tried federal criminal cases and appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court.

She also spent several years working in private legal practice and was a law clerk for both state and federal judges.

Ms. Bardorf is a member of the Senior Executive Service and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish literature from Saint Anselm College and a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University.

Kimberlyn J. Bauhs

Kim Bauhs has been U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Human Capital Officer (HCO) since March 2011.Ms. Bauhs has more than 28 years of public sector service. She brings a wealth of knowledge to this position.

As HCO, she is responsible for a broad range of human capital functions and activities supporting the ICE workforce. She oversees human resource operations, labor relations, employee relations, talent management, executive services and human resources information technology.

Ms. Bauhs joined the federal government in 2000 and was selected as a member of the Senior Executive Service in 2007. Prior to her position at ICE, Ms. Bauhs served as the assistant director for federal recruitment and hiring at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). In that position, she oversaw USAJOBS, the federal government’s one-stop source for job and employment information. This popular site receives resumes from millions of individuals seeking federal workforce opportunities. In that role, Ms. Bauhs led a government-wide effort to transform USAJOBS to support federal hiring reforms. She also participated in OPM teams that focused on hiring reform, diversity recruitment and outreach, as well as increasing employment opportunities for veterans and individuals with disabilities.

At OPM, Ms. Bauhs also served as the assistant director for the Human Resources Consulting Program, a $40-million federal consulting practice that assisted government agencies with testing, staffing and other resources services. She also served as the acting director of OPM’s Presidential Management Fellows Program.

Before her service at OPM, Ms. Bauhs worked for the National Institutes of Health in training and strategic management planning. Ms. Bauhs began her career as an officer in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear power program where she taught mathematics and physics. She later worked for the Virginia Employment Commission as an employment service office manager and an agency human resources director.

Ms. Bauhs has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and a Master of Science degree in organizational development and human resources from Johns Hopkins University.

She is an alumnus of the Virginia Executive Institute and the Federal Executive Institute.

Donna A. Bucella

Donna A. Bucella was appointed on August 2, 2010, to serve as the Assistant Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Intelligence and Investigative Liaison (OIIL).

Prior to joining CBP, Ms. Bucella worked at the law firm of Foley and Lardner in Washington, D.C. She has also served in the U.S. Army and retired at the rank of Colonel. Ms. Bucella has an extensive background in intelligence, law enforcement, terrorist screening, and security.

She served as the first Director of the Terrorist Screening Center at the FBI. Ms. Bucella directed the first consolidation of all terrorist watch lists and developed the coordination of anti-terrorism efforts between law enforcement, the military, DHS, the private sector, and the intelligence community.

After 9/11, she served as Director for the Southeast Region in Aviation Operations for the newly created Transportation Security Administration. In this role, she oversaw security operations at 80 federal airports.

Previously, Ms. Bucella was an Assistant United States Attorney in the South District of Florida. She was also the Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) and the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.

While at the EOUSA, she was deeply involved in the investigation of the Oklahoma City Bombing and received the highest award from the Department of Justice for her participation. As U.S. Attorney, she had a special emphasis on cyber crimes, narcotics, espionage, healthcare, financial fraud, and public corruption.

Ms. Bucella graduated from the University of Virginia and earned her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. She has won numerous prestigious awards, including the Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award (1997) and the Legion of Merit (2008).

LuAnn Canipe

LuAnn Canipe became the Assistant Administrator for Strategic Communications and Public Affairs in October 2012. Canipe oversees all external and internal communications responsibilities across the agency, developing strategic communications initiatives that are implemented nationwide. Canipe heads a team of public affairs professionals responsible for media relations, speech writing, graphic arts, internal and external websites, and employee communications.

Before becoming Assistant Administrator, Canipe served as a Senior Adviser and Communications Director for the congressional office of U.S. Representative Brad Miller. In this capacity, she managed and developed communications and media strategies for Miller’s office, providing day to day oversight of staff and issues that gained national media attention. She also managed strategic communications for three re-election campaigns.

In addition, Canipe served as the Press Secretary for U.S. Representative Grace Napolitano, where she developed and managed media strategy and messaging for key U.S. House of Representatives legislative issues.

Canipe began her career in communications as a broadcast journalist, which spanned 14 years and included work in five different television newsrooms including WBFF-TV in Baltimore and WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.

Her government service includes experience in policy, strategic communications, crisis management, campaign media relations and on-the-record spokesperson. She has a deep knowledge of the legislative and communications process.

Canipe earned a B.S. in Merchandising with a double-major in Communications from Western Carolina University.

Deborah Determan

Ms. Determan manages Research & Development Partnership for the Science & Technology Directorate at DHS. The Director of Research and Development Partnerships (RDP) conducts effective outreach and engagement through close partnerships with Department operating components and science and technology groups across the national laboratories, interagency and intelligence communities, academic institutions and the private sector, both domestic and abroad. The RDP Group includes the Interagency Office, International Cooperative Programs Office, Office of National Laboratories, Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC), and many more.

Ms. Deborah Determan joined the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate in September 2011. She serves as Director of the Research and Development Partnerships Group (RDP), which leads the Directorate's efforts to partner across the Homeland Security Enterprise to develop solutions that increase the community's ability to protect the homeland. Ms. Determan comes to DHS after a 24-year Air Force career where she has broad experience in multiple disciplines including program management, scientific analysis, sustainment logistics, international affairs, personnel, intelligence, congressional affairs, and policy.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Determan was Chief of International Armaments Cooperation, where she led the Air Force in partnering with other nations to develop solutions for common defense, and was responsible for development of defense acquisition, technology, and logistics programs with over 40 countries. During her time in this position, her team developed and led a Strategic Airlift Capability program with 11 nations to procure, operate and maintain a fleet of C-17 aircraft in Hungary in response to a Presidential initiative. Additionally, a cooperative program was put in place with Australia for their purchase of the sixth satellite in the U.S. Wideband Global SATCOM constellation, which gave them ten percent of the entire constellation capacity and provided the United States significant increased capability.

Other assignments during her military career include Chief of the Aircrew Performance Division, where she was responsible for providing the Air Force advanced aircrew performance equipment through development, production and sustainment of aircrew life support, egress and survival systems. In this position, she led her team to national recognition with a Team Achievement Award from the SAFE Association, an organization that has been dedicated to solving safety and survival problems since 1956. She has also worked congressional affairs for the Air Force Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) where she coordinated Air Force policy and positions on congressional issues and actions affecting over $7 billion in Air Force ISR resources and defended the Air Force ISR budget to six oversight committees.

Ms. Determan has a bachelor's degree in Physics from Mississippi State University and a master's degree in Engineering Physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology. She also has master's degrees from the Air Command and Staff College in Military Operational Art and Science, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in National Resource Strategy.

Sarah Dietch

Sarah Dietch was named Assistant Administrator for the Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA) in June 2012, after serving as Chief of Staff of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Legislative Affairs.

As TSA’s Assistant Administrator for OLA, Dietch is responsible for the development and advancement of TSA’s legislative agenda and priorities with the U.S. Congress.

While at DHS, Dietch planned and directed the Department’s strategies for working with Congress on key departmental initiatives, policies, and programs. She also managed DHS OLA’s day-to-day activities, working closely with the legislative staffs of DHS operating components. In this role, Dietch shaped and implemented legislative responses to major incidents such as the December 2009 attempted bombing, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and natural disasters.

Previously, she worked for the United Nations as a Voter Education Coordinator in Cambodia in 2008 and as a Civic and Voter Education Coordinator for the 2005 election in Liberia. In both positions, Dietch managed the programmatic and technical aspects of the voter education strategy. That included close coordination with the Cambodian National Election Committee, the Liberian National Elections Commission, political parties, and external stakeholders to ensure voters, polling staff and observers understood their roles in the election process.

From 2007 through 2008, Dietch was Research Director with Link Strategies in Des Moines, Iowa, where she developed messaging and strategies, managed a research team, and played an active role in policy and message strategy sessions.

In addition, Dietch supervised research projects on national and state policies during the 2004 presidential election and the 2006 congressional elections. Additionally, she has organized and planned media and voter outreach events in several Iowa caucuses. She began her professional career working for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin in his Des Moines, Iowa, office and later in his Washington, D.C., office.

Dietch is an Iowa native and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa.

Caitlin A. Durkovich

In May 2012, President Obama appointed Ms. Caitlin A. Durkovich Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection. In this role, she leads the Departments efforts to strengthen public-private partnerships and coordinate programs to protect the Nation’s critical infrastructure, assess and mitigate risk, build resilience, and strengthen incident response and recovery. Previously, Ms. Durkovich served as the National Protection and Programs Directorates Chief of Staff, overseeing day-to-day management of the Directorate and the development of internal policy and strategic planning.

In 2001, Ms. Durkovich worked with former Oklahoma Congressman Dave McCurdy to launch the Internet Security Alliance, a joint project of the Electronics Industries Alliance and the Computer Emergency Response Center at Carnegie Mellon University, promoting security intelligence and best practices to Fortune 1000 companies. In this capacity, she worked closely with such industry leaders as VISA USA, Sony, Raytheon, and Intuit to develop the first voluntary information security practices for the private sector, published in 2002.

Elizabeth Edge

Elizabeth Edge serves as the Director of the Office of Regional Operations which works to ensure all policy, managerial, resource and administrative actions that affect or impact the Regions receive effective coordination between headquarters and the Regional Offices. The Office of Regional Operations also ensures that FEMA policies, programs, administrative and management guidance are implemented in the Regions in a manner consistent with the Agency’s overall goals.

During 2005 - 2011, Edge served as FEMA's Executive Secretary and directed the Office of Executive Secretariat which serves as the primary point of contact for FEMA and the Office of the Administrator for coordinating and providing information on departmental taskings, briefing materials and official correspondence to and from FEMA.

Cindy Farkus

Cindy Farkus is the managing director at The Chertoff Group. In this role she provides expertise in counterterrorism, intelligence analysis, production, and sharing and international operations and capacity building. She first joined the Department of Homeland Security 2007 and has served in several key positions including DHS Acting Assistant Secretary for International Affairs as well as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Global Strategies and Assistant Administrator for the Office of Intelligence at TSA. During her time as the DHS Acting Assistant Secretary, Ms. Farkus ensured that strategic international relationships stayed on track during the early stages of the presidential transition, a critical time for those partnerships. While leading the Office of Global Strategies, she worked proactively with international partners and those involved in securing overseas transportation operations to influence global security standards and enforce regulations throughout the global transportation network. As Assistant Administrator for the Office of Intelligence, Ms. Farkus served as TSA’s Chief Intelligence Officer, overseeing day-to-day intelligence activities, providing key insights to directly influence TSA operations around the globe.

Ms. Farkus was initially assigned to NSA as a Russian linguist/analyst while serving in the United States Air Force. During her civilian career at NSA, she served as the Chief of Staff, NSA/CSS Texas in San Antonio; Executive Assistant to NSA/CSS Director, General Michael V. Hayden; Special U.S. Liaison Officer in Ottawa, Canada; and Assistant Deputy Director for Analysis and Production. Her diverse assignments have provided her with extensive experience in guiding and directing the establishment of new organizations, intelligence analysis and the production cycle, intelligence support to military operations, crisis management, information sharing, international relations, and cyber security. Ms. Farkus is a recipient of the Meritorious Presidential Executive Rank Award and two Meritorious Civilian Awards.

Ms. Farkus resides in the Washington D.C. area, and she is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and certificates in Accounting and Finance. She has completed leadership and change management courses with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kellogg School of Management, and Center for Creative Leadership.

Wendy H. Goggin

Wendy H. Goggin was appointed as Chief Counsel for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on November 1, 2004. As the Chief Counsel, she is responsible for oversight of the legal issues confronting DEA worldwide and for providing legal services and guidance to all components of DEA, and managing DEA’s Office of Chief Counsel, comprised of over 70 attorneys and support staff. She is the principal advisor to the DEA Administrator and Deputy Administrator on legal and ethical matters.

Prior to becoming DEA Chief Counsel, Ms. Goggin served as a senior staff advisor to the Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) as Counsel for Legal Programs and Policy. In that position she was responsible for providing policy development and program support to the 94 United States Attorneys Offices in several program areas including money laundering, asset forfeiture, fraud and affirmative and defensive civil matters. While at EOUSA, Ms. Goggin served as an evaluator and team leader for the Evaluation and Review Staff at EOUSA, providing management advice and support to United States Attorneys.

In May 1998, Ms. Goggin was appointed United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. As the chief law enforcement officer for that district, she was responsible for all criminal and civil litigation on behalf of the United States and provided leadership for multiple law enforcement agency task forces on matters of federal interest including drug enforcement, health care fraud, anti-terrorism and violent crime. She also served on the Health Care Fraud Subcommittee of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee.

Ms. Goggin began her career with the Department of Justice in 1982 as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Tennessee where she handled the prosecution of violent crime, complex drug, money laundering, public corruption and white collar fraud cases. She has been publicly recognized for her role in the prosecution of corruption in the Nashville Davidson County Sheriff’s office, which resulted in the incarceration of the long-time elected sheriff and many of his deputies. Her prosecution of fraud and abuse in the home health care industry, including seizure of the assets derived from fraud against the Medicare and Medicaid systems, was featured on the NBC Nightly News "Fleecing of America." Her successful prosecution of a multi-state methamphetamine drug ring and the murder of a grand jury witness were recognized as an OCDETF case of the year for the Southeast Region.

During her tenure in the United States Attorneys Office, Ms. Goggin was named Senior Litigation Counsel, conducting training for attorneys and investigative agencies on litigation related issues. She has lectured extensively on the prosecution of health care fraud and other criminal litigation issues and has been a frequent speaker at the Department of Justice National Advocacy Institute in Columbia, South Carolina.

Ms. Goggin is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 1976 graduate of the University of Tennessee Law School. She is married with two sons.

Dr. Huban Gowadig

On September 20th, 2013, President Obama appointed Dr. Huban A. Gowadia as the Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO).

Under her leadership, DNDO develops nuclear detection capabilities, measures detector system performance, ensures effective response to detection alarms, conducts transformational research and development, and coordinates the improvement of technical nuclear forensics capabilities across the U.S. Government. Prior to this role, Dr. Gowadia served at DNDO as Deputy Director from 2010 to 2012, Assistant Director of the Mission Management Directorate from 2007 to 2010, and Assistant Director for Assessments from 2005 to 2007.

Before joining DNDO, Dr. Gowadia led DHS’s Science & Technology Countermeasures Test Beds as Program Executive from 2003 to 2005. Dr. Gowadia also worked as Checkpoint Program Manager in the Office of Security Technologies in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from 2001 to 2003. She previously served with the Federal Aviation Administration at the Aviation Security Laboratory from 2000 to 2001.

Charlotte Hymas

Charlotte Hyams Porter serves as the Director of the Office of the National Advisory Council (NAC) at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Headquarters in Washington, DC, where she provides strategic direction and guidance to the NAC on emergency management policies and programs.

Prior to this position, Ms. Porter served as the Senior Advisor to the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs where she coordinated Agency engagement with state, local, tribal, and territorial stakeholders and the nonprofit organizations that represent them. In this role, Ms. Porter established relationships with elected and appointed officials and constituency groups, facilitating dialogue on emerging issues, providing technical assistance, and communicating critical information to this audience.

Francine Kerner

Francine Kerner assumed the position of Chief Counsel at the Transportation Security Administration in January 2002. She advises senior officials on all legal matters relating to protection of the nation's transportation systems.

As TSA's first Chief Counsel, she was responsible for providing legal advice and services in connection with the largest mobilization of a civilian government agency since World War II. This mobilization resulted in the hiring, training, equipping and deploying of more than 60,000 employees to more than 450 locations in less than a year and the execution of a three-year budget in excess of $16 billion.

As part of TSA's senior management team, she helped lead the effort to secure and successfully restore confidence in civil aviation following the September 11, 2001, attacks, working with senior Bush Administration officials, Congress and stakeholders to enhance security in all modes of transportation. As Chief Counsel, Kerner has built a nationwide legal office, hiring attorneys and support personnel from over 56 government agencies, private firms and corporations.

Before joining TSA, Kerner held a variety of senior legal positions at the departments of Commerce and Treasury. In her previous position as Deputy Assistant General Counsel for enforcement at Treasury, she provided counsel on a wide range of sensitive and complex matters involving Treasury law enforcement agencies.

Before joining the federal government in 1979, Kerner served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, N.Y.

In 2001, she received the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award for outstanding contributions as a federal attorney. She is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Queens College in New York City.

Traci Lembke

Traci Lembke, Deputy Assistant Director, Homeland Security Investigations, ICE-DHS.

Ms. Lembke has held the position of Deputy Assistant Director of Homeland Security Investigations at ICE since February 2008. She is responsible for a budget of $100 million and oversight of nearly 400 full time federal employees and contractors responsible for supplying investigative services to the 9,000 HSI Special agents located throughout the world. Approval and oversight of all HSI certified undercover operations, management and forfeiture of any/all assets seized by HSI in conjunction with criminal investigations, management of all confidential informants utilized by HSI Special Agents as well as any related compensation.

She is also responsible for oversight of services provided to victims of crimes investigated by HSI, all training material developed and delivered to HSI Special Agents at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center; manage the HSI Tip-Line, a 24/7 facility established to receive and transmit information related to criminal activity supplied by Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement officers as well as private citizens.

Additionally, oversight of all Cyber Crime investigations, including crimes involving child exploitation and child sex tourism, the HSI Forensic Document Laboratory, a one of a kind facility which serves to identify and combat counterfeit travel documents and perform finger print analysis associated with ongoing HSI criminal investigations, and coordination and tracking of all GAO and IG Audits involving HSI investigative programs.

Prior to HSI, Ms. Lembke was Director of the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility where she worked with the ICE Assistant Secretary to achieve the highest level of integrity was achieved at ICE. There she had a three-fold mission: to investigate allegations of criminal and serious misconduct involving ICE and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees; to conduct inspections and audits of ICE programs and offices to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of operations; and to manage the ICE personnel security program by ensuring the completion and adjudication of background investigations for the purpose of ensuring employment suitability and determining security level clearances and upgrades. I supervised approximately 400 employees located in eighteen field offices throughout the United States as well as six operational units located at ICE headquarters. I also served as the ICE Chief Security Officer during this time, which required me to have oversight of all physical security standards for the agency. I successfully managed an annual budget of approximately $34 million dollars.

She has also held positions as Unit Chief, Investigative Support Unit, ICE Office of Professional Responsibility; Director of Internal Investigations Division, USCS; National Program Manager, Investigative Programs Division, USCS among others.

Ms. Lembke has achieve numerous awards for ourstanding service including the Presidential Rank Award presented to fewer than 5% of all Senior Executive Service personnel, Department of Justice Attorney General Award i the area of Victim Assistance; and the ICE Assistant Secretary Excellence in Law Enforcement Award for conducting Child Sex Tourism Investigations.

Rosanne M. “Rose” LeVitre

Rosanne M. “Rose” LeVitre, Vice Chairman, Integration Management Council Deputy Directorate for Intelligence Integration Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Rosanne M. “Rose” LeVitre joined the office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) as a senior national intelligence executive (SNIS) in July 2010. She serves as the Vice Chairman of the Integration Management Council, providing administrative support and leadership to the nine regional and eight functional National Intelligence Managers (NIMs). She leads a combined government civilian and contractor staff charged with providing support and direction to the NIMs and their teams. In this capacity, she executes DDNI/II guidance regarding NIMs and all of their activities, and provides the full range of staff support and senior-level leadership and guidance to their initiatives and issues to ensure maximum strategic intelligence integration.

Prior to joining the ODNI, Ms. LeVitre worked in the private sector from 2005 to 2010, most recently for LMI, a non-profit federal government-consulting firm. Among the government projects she supported were: the DNI’s Analytic Transformation program; a White House-directed review of IC counterterrorism (CT) capabilities in light of the 2009 attempted attack on a commercial airliner over Detroit; and a Congressionally-mandated study of the 2010 DoD Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). Prior to LMI, Ms. LeVitre was the Director for Strategic Business Planning, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (GDAIS). She led the development of portfolio business plans and oversaw associated projects involving the integration of company offerings.

Ms. LeVitre is a former naval officer, retiring in 2005 at the rank of Rear Admiral after completing a 31-year career. She was commissioned an Ensign in May 1973 on completion of Navy Officer Candidate School (OCS), Newport, Rhode Island. She was the first woman intelligence specialist selected for flag rank in the US Navy.

The majority of Ms. LeVitre’s military assignments were with operational activities in the Asia- Pacific region. She has considerable experience in the interagency and international arena. Among her early tours of duty (1976-78) was an assignment to the Imperial Iranian Training Program during the introduction of women into that country’s navy.

Rose LeVitre entered the intelligence field in 1979 and was assigned to numerous fleet operational intelligence assignments. From 1982 until 1991, she directly supported multi- platform maritime operations in the Pacific, with extensive analytic and collection experience in air, surface and subsurface surveillance and reconnaissance.

Ms. LeVitre’s initial exposure to interagency intelligence occurred in 1989, when she was assigned to the US Coast Guard in Alameda, California. Her task was to establish the intelligence department for the newly established Joint Interagency Task Force-West, a joint command charged with providing DoD military support to interagency counternarcotics interdiction in the Asia-Pacific region.

During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (1990-91), she was detailed to the US
Central Command Air Forces Joint Force Air Component Command, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. After the war, she reported to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Operations Directorate (J3). Among her duties was that of JCS representative to the National Security Council Intelligence Working Group. She later served at two joint intelligence centers as operations director and commander, respectively. After her command tour, she became the Director for Intelligence (J2), US Joint Forces Command.

On selection to flag rank, Rose LeVitre assumed the position as Director for Intelligence (J2), US Pacific Command. From 2000 to late 2003, she led intelligence operations at a time of increased tensions, from the EP-3 aircraft incident with China to regional post 9-11 CT activities and crises involving India, Pakistan and North Korea. She conceived and oversaw the implementation of an expanded CT information sharing enterprise involving traditional allied partners, non-traditional alliances and non-DoD entities to include the FBI, state and local authorities.

In 2004, she became the first Director, Navy Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), FORCEnet, Navy Staff, Washington, DC. In this capacity she was the lead resource sponsor and ISR capabilities integrator, working across the Navy staff, the service systems acquisition commands and the Joint Staff. She led a multi-disciplinary team charged with advanced operational analysis, modeling and simulation of projected maritime force (Navy and Marine Corps) ISR performance during specific crisis scenarios.

Ms. LeVitre holds a BA in history and education from the University of Washington. She has two Masters of Arts degrees in national security affairs, one from Georgetown University and the other from the US Naval War College. She was a 2004 National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

She is married to Mr. Lars P. Hanson, a retired submarine officer. They have two grown children. Date: July 2012

Megan H. Mack

On October 23, 2013, Megan H. Mack joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) supports the Department as it secures the Nation while preserving individual liberty, fairness, and equality under the law.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Mack was the Director of the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration, a position she held from 2009 to 2013. Previously, Ms. Mack was the Associate Director of the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration, from 2005 to 2009. From 2002 to 2005, she was the Supervisor of Legal Services for Hogar Hispano, Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington in Falls Church, Va. From 2000 to 2002, she was a Litigation Associate at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston, Ma. Ms. Mack served as a Law Clerk to Judge Fred I. Parker in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Burlington, Vt. from 1999-2000. Ms. Mack received an A.B. magna cum laude from Brown University, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.

Jenny Menna

Ms. Menna oversees the branch within NCSD that includes the Critical Infrastructure Protection Cyber Security, Control Systems Security, Outreach & Awareness, and Cyber Exercise programs. She was previously the Director, Critical Infrastructure Protection – Cyber Security for the National Cyber Security Division.

The Critical Infrastructure Protection Cyber Security (CIP CS) Program strengthens preparedness by partnering with the public and private sectors to improve the security of the Information Technology (IT) Sector and cyber security across the Nation’s critical infrastructures.

Ms. Menna also formerly served as the Deputy Director of the Infrastructure Partnerships branch in the Office of Infrastructure Protection. Prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security, Ms. Menna held a variety of program management roles for a large systems integration firm. She received both her M.A. and B.A. from the University of Chicago and is a certified Project Management Professional.

Lisa Monaco

Lisa Monaco is the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. In this role she is the chief counterterrorism advisor to President Obama and a statutory member of the Homeland Security Council.

She has also served as the Assistant Attorney General for National Security and the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department. Ms. Monaco holds a BA from Harvard University in American History and Literature and a JD from the University of Chicago.

Rafaela Monchek

Rafaela Monchek serves as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary on Emergency Management, providing guidance and building consensus on emergency management and resiliency issues across the Department. She also assists in developing and implementing strategic vision across the Agency. During her tenure at the Department of Homeland Security, Rafaela has served in many capacities across FEMA, including the Chief of Operations for the Mission Support Bureau, Special Assistant to the Acting Deputy Administrator, Deputy Director of the interagency National Disaster Housing Task Force, and the Applicant Services Manager for the Maryland National Processing Service Center.

Rafaela began her federal career with the Department of the Interior’s South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, where she was responsible for coordinating federal and non-federal Everglades restoration projects. In 2005, following Hurricane Katrina, Rafaela joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a Disaster Assistance Employee, and facilitated access to federal assistance for disaster survivors in Mississippi. In December 2006, Rafaela accepted the opportunity to join FEMA headquarters staff in Washington, DC, as a Senior Program Specialist for Housing Assistance Policy.

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano served as the Secretary for Homeland Security from 2009-2013. She was the first woman to serve in this role.  Prior to this role she served as the Governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009; from 1999 to 2002 she served as the Attorney General of Arizona and the first woman to serve in that role. In 1993 she was appointed US Attorney for the Distrcit of Arizona by President Clinton. In 2000 she spoke at the Democratic National Convention. In 2009 she received the Council on Ligiation Management’s Professionalism Award, which recognizes an individual who leads by example and exhibits the highest standard of their profession.

Throughout her tenure at the Department of Homeland Security, she was criticized for statements about, and sued for discrimination against, men. Through this, she led the department successfully, including forging new partnerships with international allies and information sharing between federal, state, and local law enforcement organizations, while keeping the Homeland safe.  For more information see here.

Karen Neuman

Ms. Karen Neuman was appointed Chief Privacy Officer and Chief Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer by Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Beers in October 2013. Created by Congress in 2002, the Department's Privacy Office is the first statutorily mandated privacy office in any federal agency, whose mission is to protect all individuals by embedding and enforcing privacy protections and transparency in all DHS activities.

In her role as Chief Privacy Officer, Ms. Neuman is responsible for evaluating department-wide programs, systems, technologies and rule-makings for potential privacy impacts, and for providing mitigation strategies to reduce any privacy impact. She and her staff have extensive expertise in privacy laws, both domestic and international, that help inform privacy policy development both within the Department, and in collaboration with the rest of the federal government. Her office also advises senior leadership to ensure that privacy protections are implemented throughout the Department.

Victoria Newhouse

In March 2013, Victoria Newhouse became the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Risk-Based Security, which is responsible for coordinating and leading the implementation of TSA’s risk-based security initiatives agency-wide. In this role, Newhouse is responsible for conceptualizing, planning, and integrating initiatives that support an intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to all areas of TSA operations and technology, including TSA Pre™. Newhouse also served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Risk-Based Security.

Prior to assuming her current role, she was the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis. In that position, she oversaw all TSA daily intelligence operations, information sharing, and vetting operations, including the TSA Secure Flight program. She also oversaw TSA vetting operations that conduct background checks for approximately 14 million transportation workers.

Newhouse is a licensed attorney in Maryland and served in several positions as a senior legal advisor at TSA. As the Deputy Chief Counsel for General Law, she led legal operations covering a wide variety of issues supporting TSA operations.

Additionally, she served as the Assistant Chief Counsel for Ethics and General Legal Services and the Assistant Chief Counsel for Information Law. Prior to joining TSA in 2004, Newhouse was a senior Attorney-Advisor for the Department of the Army, Office of General Counsel.

She graduated from the University of Richmond School of Law and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Richmond and a Master of Arts from the University of Kansas.

Maria Luisa O’Connell

Maria Luisa O’Connell serves as CBP’s senior advisor to the Commissioner for trade and public engagement. O’Connell assumed this role, after serving as the assistant commissioner for CBP’s Office of Public Affairs.

In this role, O’Connell will guide CBP’s engagement with the trade community, the public, Congress, other key stakeholders at all levels to ensure they are aware and understand that trade is an integral part of CBP’s mission to make America safer, more prosperous and economically competitive.

Before joining the federal government, O’Connell served as president of the Border Trade Alliance, a Phoenix-based organization that represents 2 million stakeholders involved in border and trade issues in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

During her career at Border Trade Alliance, O’Connell met with CBP officials at most ports of entry on the northern and southern borders and worked with the Border Patrol on issues between the official ports of entry. She has in depth knowledge of trade relations, environmental resources and health issues, travel and immigration, agri-business, import and export regulations, border and homeland security issues, as well as quality of life issues for border communities.

A native of Bogotá, Colombia, O’Connell is fluent in Spanish and is conversational in French. She received her bachelor’s degree in finance and international relations from the Universidad Externado de Colombia. Prior to joining the Border Trade Alliance, she was a financial analyst at Bank One International Corporation and also had been involved with the National Federation of Merchants in Colombia.

Dr. Kimberly O’Connor

Dr. Kimberly O’Connor was named the Chief of Staff for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on January 30, 2012. As the Chief of Staff, she is responsible for supporting the Commissioner in carrying out CBP’s vital mission of guarding our nation’s borders.

Dr. Kimberly O’Connor previously served as the Senior Advisor to the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) where she provided advice and counsel regarding policies, programs and operations. She also worked on the expansion of the Department’s Secure Communities Program, including the public education initiatives regarding the program and the implementation of new reforms.

She also served as Senior Advisor to the Commissioner of CBP where she focused on integrity issues and developed and executed a process to track and measure the success of integrity programs.

Prior to serving at CBP and ICE, Dr. O’Connor served from March 2009 – March 2011, as the Chief of Staff, Department of Homeland Security/Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement. In this role, she supervised the DHS Headquarters staff responsible for coordinating the Department of Homeland Security’s counter-drug policies, ensuring the adequacy of counter-drug resources, and tracking and severing the relationships between drug trafficking and terrorism.

Prior to joining the Federal service she served as the Director, Division for Substance Abuse Policy for former Governor Janet Napolitano in Phoenix, Arizona. During this time, she was responsible for policy initiatives and grant administration involving effective substance abuse prevention, treatment, and enforcement efforts in Arizona.

Dr. O’Connor served as the Bureau Administrator for the Arizona Department of Corrections, Counseling and Treatment Services Bureau; and as the Treatment Manager for the Arizona Supreme Court, Administrative Office of the Courts as well as other positions throughout the Arizona government. She has nearly eighteen years of experience in addressing substance abuse and criminal justice policy matters.

Dr. O’Connor assisted in authoring “The Model Drug Offender Accountability and Treatment Act” released through the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President in June of 2004 and in 2005 was inducted into the Arizona Drug Court Hall of Fame.

Dr. O’Connor holds a Doctorate of Management with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership and a Master of Counseling from the University of Phoenix.

Dr. Tara O’Toole

Dr. Tara O’Toole was confirmed as the Under Secretary for Science and Technology (S&T) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on November 4, 2009.
From 2003 to November 2009, Dr. O’Toole was the CEO and Director of the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), and Professor of Medicine and of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. The Center for Biosecurity of UPMC is an independent organization dedicated to improving the country’s resilience to major biological threats.

Dr. O’Toole is internationally known for her work on biosecurity and on health and safety issues related to the U.S. nuclear weapons complex. Her publications in the biodefense field include articles on the response to anthrax, smallpox, and plague biological attacks; containment of contagious disease epidemics; biodefense research and development strategies; and hospital preparedness. She is the founding editor of the journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science. She was a principal author and producer of Dark Winter, an influential exercise conducted in June 2001 to alert national leaders to the dangers of bioterrorist attacks. She was also a principal writer and producer of Atlantic Storm, an international ministerial-level biosecurity exercise held in January 2005. Prior to founding the UPMC in 2003, Dr. O’Toole was one of the original members of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies and served as its director from 2001 to 2003.

She has served on numerous government and expert advisory committees dealing with biodefense, including panels of the Defense Science Board; the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Combating Terrorism; and the National Academy of Sciences Working Group on Biological Weapons. She served as chair of the Board of the Federation of American Scientists from 2006 to 2007, and in 2006 she was appointed to the board of Google Foundation’s International Networked System for Total Early Disease Detection.

From 1993 to 1997, Dr. O’Toole served as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environment Safety and Health. In this position, she was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Energy on environmental protection and on the health and safety of the approximately 100,000 workers in the U.S. nuclear weapons complex and Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories.

She developed the first overall management and safety plan for dealing with the highly enriched uranium, plutonium, spent fuel, and radioactive waste left in place when nuclear weapons production was stopped in the early 1990s.

She ran the multi-agency, multimillion-dollar task force that oversaw the government’s investigations into human radiation experiments conducted during the Cold War and led the U.S. delegation to Russia to establish the U.S./Russia cooperative effort to study radiationexposure and environmental hazards of the Russian nuclear weapons complex.

Prior to her work at DOE, Dr. O’Toole was a senior analyst at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, where she directed several projects and studies, including the health impact of pollution resulting from nuclear weapons production. She also served as a consultant to industry and government in matters related to occupational and environmental health; worker participation in workplace safety protection; and organizational change. Dr. O’Toole practiced general internal medicine in community health centers in Baltimore from 1984 to 1988. She is board certified in internal medicine and occupational and environmental health.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, an M.D. from the George Washington University, and a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University. She completed internal medicine residency training at Yale University and a fellowship in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.

Maria M. Odom

Maria M. Odom was appointed Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by Secretary Janet Napolitano in September 2012.

In this role, Odom leads the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman. The Ombudsman’s Office is dedicated to improving the quality of citizenship and immigration services delivered to the public by providing individual case assistance, as well as making recommendations to improve the administration of immigration benefits. Most recently, Odom led the country’s largest network of charitable legal immigration programs as the Executive Director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). Odom practiced immigration law in the southeast for many years, leading a successful private practice dealing with defense from removal along with business and family-based immigration. Early in her career, Odom also served as Assistant District Counsel for the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service and as a judicial law clerk at the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Connie Patrick

Director Connie Patrick was selected as the fifth Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in July 2002. Previously, Patrick spent over six years in various FLETC Associate Director positions. She provides oversight for the training of the majority of federal officers and agents. The FLETC serves as an interagency law enforcement training organization for 90 Federal agencies. The FLETC also provides services to state, local, tribal, and international law enforcement agencies. Prior to her appointment at the FLETC, Patrick completed a distinguished 20-year sworn law enforcement career in Florida, starting in 1976 as a deputy sheriff with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. She served in uniform patrol, vice and narcotics, homicide, and intelligence. In 1981, Patrick became a Special Agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), which investigates protracted multijurisdictional organized crime in the State of Florida. She was promoted to Special Agent Supervisor; Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Tampa Regional Operations Bureau; Special Agent in Charge of the FDLE Intelligence and Investigative Support Bureau; Director of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute in Tallahassee; and retired as Director of the Division of Human Resources and Training.

Catrina Pavlik-Keenan

Freedom of Information Act Officer

As the FOIA officer, Ms. Pavlik-Keenan oversees the processing of FOIA requests made by the public, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and the private sector. Her office provides access to agency records, processing in excess of 100 requests per month.

Prior to her appointment as director, Ms. Pavlik-Keenan served as the Transportation Security Administration’s FOIA Director. Ms. Pavlik-Keenan served TSA since its inception and was instrumental in establishing TSA’s FOIA Office.

Ms. Pavlik-Keenan served 12 years with the Department of Transportation. Her initial appointment in the government was with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission where she served for two years.

Lyn Rahilly

Ms. Rahilly implements policies, procedures and initiatives that foster public trust in ICE by protecting personal privacy and enhancing the quality of personal data held by the agency. She is responsible for ICE's compliance with federal privacy laws, ensuring that information sharing policies and agreements provide appropriate protections for personal information, and training agency personnel on privacy issues.

Prior to her position as privacy officer, Ms. Rahilly was on assignment to the FBI, serving as the privacy and civil liberties officer and special assistant to the director of the U.S. Terrorist Screening Center (TSC). Among other responsibilities, she oversaw privacy and civil liberties issues. Ms. Rahilly established TSC's first privacy compliance program and the interagency redress process for persons submitting complaints about the terrorist watch list. She also provided counsel and advice on appropriate collection and use of personal data and responded to public, media and Congressional inquiries pertaining to privacy.

Ms. Rahilly has also served as deputy privacy officer and assistant chief counsel for information law at the Transportation Security Administration, and as an attorney at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Ms. Rahilly earned her bachelor's degree in political science at Mary Washington College and her law degree at George Washington University Law School.

June Ryan

Rear Admiral June Ryan is the Military Advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security in June 2013. Her primary responsibility is to provide counsel and support to the Secretary in affairs relating to the coordination and execution of policy and operations between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.

Her personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit, six Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals among others. She wears the Presidential Service Badge as well as the Boat Force Operations and Cutterman pin.

Phyllis Schneck

Dr. Phyllis Schneck serves as the Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). She is the chief cybersecurity official for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and supports its mission of strengthening the security and resilience of the nation's critical infrastructure.

Schneck came to DHS from McAfee, Inc., where she was Chief Technology Officer for Global Public Sector. She was responsible for the technical vision for products and service for public sector as well as global threat intelligence, industrial control system security and telecom strategy. She has served as a Commissioner on public-private partnership, and a working group Chair for the CSIS Commission to Advise the 44th President on Cybersecurity. Before joining McAfee, Schneck was vice president of Research Integration for Secure Computing, where she conceived and built the early intelligence practice into a full Beta program for data as a service. Prior, Schneck was the vice president Enterprise Services for eCommSecurity. Prior to that, she served as vice president of Corporate Strategy for SecureWorks, Inc., and was founder and chief executive officer of Avalon Communications, a provider of real-time security technology, since acquired by SecureWorks, Inc. Schneck also held various information science technical positions with CygnaCom Solutions, the MITRE Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation, IBM Systems Integration Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the University Of Maryland’s Department of Meteorology.

Radha Sekar

Ms. Radha Sekar is the acting executive associate director of Management and Administration and the chief financial officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Radha Sekar oversees accounting and finance, budget, facilities and engineering, and asset management. Prior to joining ICE, she was the assistant deputy undersecretary for financial management for the undersecretary of defense comptroller In this capacity, she served as the senior advisor and assistant to the under secretary of defense (comptroller), responsible for maximizing synergies and capabilities both within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and defense-wide.

Ms. Sekar has an extensive background in developing and implementing new and re-engineered business processes, defining and implementing business rules that lead to statutory compliances and commercial best practices, developing financial management policies and implementing business application systems that support them.

She has more than 20 years experience practicing these principles in the public and private sectors. As the assistant deputy chief financial officer for the Department of Defense, she supervised department-wide financial improvement and audit readiness efforts, developed and implemented financial management regulations and policies, prepared the Department of Defense's quarterly and annual financial statements and was responsible for the overall financial management improvement efforts of the Department of Defense.

Ms. Sekar is a leader in defining and developing C4ISR-compliant technical and functional business enterprise architectures. She is a past partner at IBM Business Consulting Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

She is a graduate of State University of New York at Buffalo with a Master of Business Administration degree and a bachelor's degree in computer science.

She is also a charted accountant (similar to a certified public accountant) in India and holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from University of Madras, India.

Suzanne E. Spaulding

Suzanne E. Spaulding serves as Deputy Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). As Deputy Under Secretary, she oversees Infrastructure Protection, US-VISIT, and the Federal Protective Service. Ms. Spaulding has spent nearly 25 years working on national security issues for both Republican and Democratic Administrations and on both sides of the aisle of Congress. She was most recently a principal in the Bingham Consulting Group and of Counsel for Bingham McCutchen LLP in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining the private sector, she served as the minority staff director for the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for Ranking Member Jane Harman (D-CA), and as general counsel for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. She also spent six years at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and served as senior counsel and legislative director for U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (PA).

Diana Sun

Diana Sun was named Director of Communications and Assistant County Manager in 2003. She manages and directs all external and internal communications for Arlington County. Previously, Ms. Sun served as Vice President, Corporate Communications for Capital One. Prior, President Clinton appointed Ms. Sun as deputy director of Public Affairs for the International Trade Administration, helping U.S. businesses export products and services.

Before joining the Administration, Ms. Sun was vice president of Fleishman-Hillard, Inc., where she managed national media, specialized communications programs, news events and advocacy advertising for corporations, associations and coalitions.

Prior to joining Fleishman-Hillard, Ms. Sun worked in crisis communications and corporate and financial media relations at Hill & Knowlton. Before that, she worked for PaineWebber, Inc., first as an investment broker in Washington, D.C., and then as a portfolio manager in the firm’s New York City headquarters.

Ms. Sun holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and studied in the M.B.A. program at the Pace University Lubin Graduate School of Business, New York City. She is currently enrolled in the Master's program at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.

She serves on the editorial board of Virginia magazine (University of Virginia) and on U.Va.'s Alumni Association Board of Managers Emeritus Board. Ms. Sun is past Chair of the Asian and Pacific American Alumni Network (University of Virginia) and former Vice-Chair of Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP), a national non-profit dedicated to growing leaders. Ms. Sun is a graduate and lifetime member of Leadership Arlington.

Cheri A. Tyner

Cheri Tyner is the acting acquisition management officer for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Washington, D.C.

She brings to this position over 30 years of federal acquisition experience which includes over 13 years of leadership experience in procurement operations. Ms. Tyner began her professional acquisition career with the Department of the Navy where she served as a Contract Specialist at various commands across the country.

Ms. Tyner left the Department of the Navy in 1989 to work for the U.S. Coast Guard where she was responsible for a major high priority project to re-open and make operational the Vessel-Traffic Service for the New York harbor area – a congressional mandate.

She also served 8 years with the then U.S. Customs Service as a Contracting Officer managing a variety of commodities including Vessel Maintenance, Landscape and Guard Services and Information Technology.

Her leadership positions include Director, Intelligence Operations Acquisition Division and Associate Director, Information Technology Acquisition Center in the Office of Procurement Operations at DHS Office of the Secretary; Director, Office of Modernization Acquisition and Chief of the Modernization Acquisition Branch at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); and Procurement Section Head at the National Science Foundation.

One of her notable leadership roles was as a senior manager with the IRS, where she led the Business Systems Modernization acquisition program, one of largest and most complex information technology modernization efforts to be awarded in government with an estimated value of $10 billion.

Ms. Tyner was selected in 2010 to attend the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, a Department of Defense Senior Service School under the National Defense University where she earned a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy.

She is also a Senior Acquisition Fellow with the Council for Excellence in Government and holds a Master of Public Administration degree in Procurement and Public Contracting from the University of Maryland.

In her personal time Ms. Tyner enjoys interior design, photography, exercising/fitness and mentoring young adults interested in the acquisition field.

Alyson Vert

Alyson Vert serves as FEMA's Executive Secretary and directs the Office of Executive Secretariat, which serves as the primary point of contact for FEMA and the Office of the Administrator for coordinating and providing information on departmental taskings, briefing materials and official correspondence to and from FEMA.

Previously, Vert served as the Director and Designated Federal Officer for the FEMA National Advisory Council. She was FEMA's principal advisor and program manager for the statutory Federal Advisory Committee, and worked in close and confidential capacity to the Office of the Administrator, providing expert direction, policy, program, operational, and logistical support to the members of FEMA’s NAC and FEMA leadership.

Kimberly Walton

Kimberly Walton is the Assistant Administrator for Civil Rights & Liberties, Ombudsman and Traveler Engagement (CRL/OTE) at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Her office is responsible for ensuring that TSA employees and the traveling public are treated in a fair and lawful manner, consistent with federal laws and regulations protecting privacy, affording redress, governing freedom of information and prohibiting discrimination and reprisal, while promoting diversity and inclusion. To support this mission, CRL/OTE provides services and functions through a Business Management Office and five Divisions, including Disability and Multicultural, Civil Rights, Diversity and Inclusion, Ombudsman and Traveler Engagement.

Since joining TSA in January 2003, Walton has served as the TSA Ombudsman, Deputy Special Counselor and then Special Counselor, where she served as the principal advisor to the TSA Administrator on all matters involving civil rights and liberties, equal opportunity, disability, privacy, and diversity issues.

Before joining TSA in January 2003, Walton served as the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this position, she provided resource management support to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. Before joining the USPTO, Walton was Director of Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

In this role she advised the Secretary of Commerce, Deputy Secretary and other department senior staff on all equal employment opportunity, diversity and civil rights matters. She also chaired the department's diversity council. Before joining Commerce, Walton was an attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

She has received a Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Award for Diversity Management, TSA Silver Medal Award, a TSA Core Values Award, and a U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award. Most recently, she completed the National and International Security Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Walton holds a law degree from the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

She studied psychology at the University of Tennessee and organizational psychology at Columbia University.

Karen Shelton Waters

Karen Shelton Waters became TSA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Acquisition in March 2012.

As the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Acquisition, Waters is responsible for the development of the contracting workforce and acquisition policy. She reviews contract awards, investments, interagency agreements and other transactions. TSA’s acquisitions include technology, operational contracting, leasing, construction, research and development, grants and other types of financial assistance.

Waters joined TSA in 2009 as the Deputy Assistant Administrator/Chief Administrative Officer with the Office of Finance and Administration where she was responsible for developing and implementing administrative service programs, property management and real estate services for the agency. She also provided oversight and management of approximately $300 million in contracts and ensured the efficient and effective use of resources.

Prior to joining TSA, Waters served as the Director of the Administrative Services Division for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service from September 2002 to August 2009. She also served as Branch Chief for the USDA, Food and Safety Inspection Service from December 2000 to September 2002 and as a Procurement Analyst for the Department of Treasury, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency from October 1998 to December 2000.

Waters holds a Bachelor of Arts from East Carolina University and completed programs at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA. She received a Master’s Certificate in Contracting from George Washington University.

She is a member of the Federal Executive Institutes Alumni Association, the African American Federal Executives Association and the Society of Federal Labor and Employee Relations Professionals.

Analysts' Corner

An analyst is a fascinating profession, often nearly invisible behind the headlines of major events that impact the homeland and national security and defense communities.  It requires painstaking attention to detail, a willingness to relentlessly challenge conventional thinking and a requirement to examine alternative and competing hypotheses. Analysts work not for glory nor headlines but for the opportunity to quietly change the world.  -Dr. Kathleen Kiernan


2017 Entry-level Analyst Hiring Report For US Intel Community                                                  February 2017

 Executive Summary:
    Despite the recent presidential election and concerns over a federal hiring freeze, it is likely that overall hiring of entry-level intelligence analysts within the US Intelligence Community (IC) will increase over the next 12 months. Cyber intelligence hiring is highly likely to significantly increase, while other specific positions are likely to either increase or remain the same. Results of a survey of hiring professionals within the intelligence community taken after the election but before the freeze varied on if the election of President Trump will positively influence hiring, providing no definitive conclusion. Finally, results disaggregated by only respondents with direct hiring knowledge show slightly more caution, but support the estimate of increased hiring.

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DNI/NIC Global Trends Report                                                                                                         January 2017

Every four years since 1997, the National Intelligence Council has published an unclassified strategic assessment of how key trends and uncertainties might shape the world over the next 20 years to help senior US leaders think and plan for the longer term. The report is timed to be especially relevant for the administration of a newly elected US President, but Global Trends increasingly has served to foster discussions about the future with people around the world. We believe these global consultations, both in preparing the paper and sharing the results, help the NIC and broader US Government learn from perspectives beyond the United States and are useful in sparkling discussions about key assumptions, priorities, and choices.

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