National Conversation on the Promise of Innovation

The Council’s Annual National Conversation brings together more than 100 homeland security industry leaders and government officials to discuss the critical issues impacting the Homeland Security Enterprise. Confirmed speakers include Kevin McAleenan, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and William Bryan, Acting Under Secretary for Science and Technology. There will also be a panel discussion on ID verification and management featuring Tammy Meckley, Associate Director, Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate, USCIS, and an official from ICE.

The event also includes the release of the Council’s Annual Report of our 20/20 Project on the State of the Homeland Security Enterprise, focusing on the challenges and opportunities in encouraging innovation and addressing bid protests in the homeland security market.
Our special annual program will be immediately followed by our National Conversation Networking Cocktail Reception.

Attendance is free to representatives from Council member companies.

EVENT CANCELLATION: Executive Briefing with Linda Jacksta, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, CBP Operations Support


The CBP Operations Support Office (OS) brings together experts, analysts, innovators, and facilitators from across nine functional areas that directly support the operational offices to strengthen mission effectiveness. These specialized capabilities that OS provides play a critical role in making a more agile, innovative, and stronger CBP. Linda Jacksta has more than 30 years of Federal Service with CBP and legacy US Customs.  She has served in multiple leadership positions and has a broad range of knowledge and experience spanning both operational and technology areas.  She was appointed as the Deputy Executive Assistant Director of Mission Support in 2018.

Annual Dinner

The Council’s 2018 Annual Dinner was a truly special opportunity to celebrate the work done by the public and private sectors in support of the homeland security mission.

Executive Briefing with John Fischer, Director of Technology Transfer & Scouting S&T Directorate

The Council held an Executive Briefing with John Fischer, Director of Technology Transfer & Scouting S&T Directorate. Mr. Fischer was named Director of Technology Transfer & Scouting S&T Directorate in October 2018. Mr. Fischer has been with DHS since 2015, previously serving as the Director of Chemical-Biological Defense Division. Prior to his time at DHS, Mr. Fischer worked with the Department of Defense as the Director of the Defense Laboratories Office.

Executive Briefing with Scott Bean – Assistant Director, FBI IT Infrastructure Division

The Council welcomed Assistant Director Bean to an Executive Briefing about innovation at LMI’s offices on September 20th. Detailing the budget, workforce, and bureaucratic obstacles often facing government officials in his position, Mr. Bean shared how he works to foster innovation and build a cadre of next generation leaders unafraid […]

Executive Roundtable with Dr. John Zangardi

Dr. Zangardi shared his viewpoints and planned efforts on IT enterprise modernization, cloud adoption, shrinking the data center footprint, cybersecurity, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and in accord with the Council’s mission, how to best leverage the capabilities of the private sector in these areas.

Executive Tour to Burlington, VT and Champlain, NY

Council members traveled to Burlington, Vermont and Champlain, New York to visit critical operational facilities run by ICE and CBP. The three day program included briefings, discussions, and facility tours at the ICE ERO Law Enforcement Support Center; the Homeland Security Investigations’ Tip Line Operations and Bulk Cash Smuggling Center; and the ICE National Criminal Analysis & Targeting Center. Members also toured CBP’s Office of Field Operations at the Port of Entry in Champlain and participated in a Reverse Industry Day set of panels for the USCIS contracting personnel based in Burlington.

Executive Briefing with GAO Legal Counsel on the Drivers and Impact of Protests

The Council held a special Executive Briefing on October 3 with Ralph White, the GAO Managing Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law, on the drivers and impact of protests. Drawing on his decades of experience in bid protests, Mr. White shared his perspective on the steps both the private and public sectors can take to improve the acquisition process.

This Executive Briefing is part of a series of programs aligned with the Council’s Strategic Campaign on Acquisitions, and the 20/20 Project on the State of the Homeland Security Enterprise, to better understand how protests affect the efficiency, effectiveness, and cost of the acquisition system. 

Executive Briefing on Immigration ID Verification

The Council held an Executive Briefing and Government-Industry Reception at the Phoenix Park Hotel on August 2nd. Building on our Strategic Campaign focusing on Immigration and Border Security, the Council hosted John Wagner, the Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner from CBP’s Office of Field Operations, and Patricia Cogswell, the Deputy Administrator of TSA, who spoke […]