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 about their efforts to implement biometrics and identity verification tools, and the nature of cooperation and coordination among the Components on the issue.
Mr. Wagner described CBP’s pilot projects, which use facial recognition technology at airports as a means of verifying departures from the United States, and discussed the privacy concerns and challenges with implementing this technology at land ports of entry. Speaking about the challenges associated with information-sharing, Mrs. Cogswell addressed the need to achieve an integrated environment and increased connectivity to front line security so TSA can determine what type of screening a passenger receives.
We thank Lori Scialabba from Deloitte and Jim Chaparro of Guidehouse for moderating this event.
Following the Executive Briefing, more than 75 Council members, agency officials, and Hill staff gathered for a Homeland Security Reception. The event was an informal opportunity for industry and government to connect on the ways the public and private sectors can work together on important homeland security issues.