Mark Borkowski became the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition (OTIA) with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in July 2010. He is responsible for ensuring technology efforts are properly focused on mission and well integrated across CBP and for strengthening effectiveness in acquisition and program management. In addition to being the Assistant Commissioner for OTIA, Mr. Borkowski serves as CBP's Component Acquisition Executive (CAE) responsible for ensuring acquisitions support a mission requirement, are cost effective and are integrated across all of CBP where appropriate.
Prior to his appointment as Assistant Commissioner, Mr. Borkowski served as Executive Director of the Secure Border Initiative (SBI) Program Executive Office (PEO). As Executive Director, Mr. Borkowski oversaw the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) implementation of SBI at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and oversaw SBI's continued efforts to develop border security resources that will provide enhanced situational awareness for frontline CBP personnel along the U.S. borders.
Before assignment to SBI, Mr. Borkowski served as the Executive Director for Mission Support at Headquarters, United States Border Patrol. In this role, he supported the Chief of the Border Patrol in executing the Border Patrol's $2 billion annual budget and in managing a total workforce in excess of 17,000 agents and support personnel. He oversaw functions of workforce management, labor and employee relations, finance, logistics, recruitment, training, facilities, and tactical infrastructure. As a DHS Level III certified program manager, he provided expert advice and support to the Chief of the Border Patrol with respect to the technology program within SBI, SBInet. Mr. Borkowski directed a contracted effort for organizational development to redesign and transform the Border Patrol to respond to an unprecedented growth in the organization driven by Presidential mandate. His division staff included 75 personnel assigned to six separate geographic locations. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director of Mission Support, Mr. Borkowski served as Director for Asset Management in CBP's Office of Air and Marine. In that role, he oversaw acquisition and sustainment for CBP's aircraft and marine assets.
Before joining CBP, Mr. Borkowski was the Program Executive for the Robotic Lunar Exploration Program (RLEP) in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) at NASA Headquarters. In that role, he oversaw the development and operation of robotic precursor missions to the moon as stage-setters for eventual human missions. Previously, he served as the Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator for Development Programs in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Mr. Borkowski assisted the Deputy Associate Administrator in overseeing the technology, development, and acquisition programs to implement the President's Vision for Space Exploration. Mr. Borkowski also served as the Program Executive overseeing the Hubble Space Telescope Robotic Servicing and De-orbit Mission and as the ESMD Coordinator for NASA's Exploration Transportation Strategic Roadmap. During his time at NASA, Mr. Borkowski was elected Vice President of the International Lunar Exploration Working Group-a consortium of national space agencies and key commercial partners supporting initiatives for international collaboration in lunar exploration.
Mr. Borkowski served over 23 years on active duty in the United States Air Force, retiring at the rank of colonel. Mr. Borkowski's last assignment in the Air Force was as System Program Director for the Space Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) program office. In that capacity, he oversaw satellite programs worth over $40 billion; including the Defense Support Program (DSP), SBIRS-High, and SBIRS-Low. During his Air Force career, Mr. Borkowski also served as the Support Group Commander at Eglin Air Force Base; the Chief of the Programming Division at Headquarters, Air Force Materiel Command; the Assistant Chief of Staff at the Ballistic Missile Defense organization; and in a variety of other staff, acquisition, and engineering positions. Mr. Borkowski elected to decline an offer of promotion to Brigadier General and to retire from the Air Force in 2004.
Mr. Borkowski has a Master's Degree in Astronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and a Master's Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He also has Bachelor's Degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from AFIT and in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany.
Mr. Borkowski has certification from both the Department of Defense and DHS at the highest level (Level III) for acquisition management.
Mr. Borkowski is an accomplished public speaker who has represented the Air Force, NASA, and CBP before international conferences, academic and professional symposia, Congressional members and staff, and the press.
He has won numerous awards, including the Air Force Association, Lieutenant General John W. O'Neill Outstanding System Program Director Award; the Company Grade Officer of the Year and the Manager of the Year Awards from the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory; the Air Force Systems Command nominations for the "Ten Outstanding Young Americans" award, several military medals and decorations, and civil service performance awards.
Mr. Borkowski is a native of Rochester, New York. He is married to the former Stephani Miller of Lancaster, California. Mark and Stephani have three daughters: Carolyn, age 15; Emily, age 13; and Angela, age 9.