In the mid to late 2000s, the existing technology and acquisition activities within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) grew relatively rapidly reflecting their importance in overall border security strategy. Given those developments, former CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin established the Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition (OTIA).
OTIA is responsible for two major functions essential to the future effectiveness of CBP. First, it ensures all of CBP's technology efforts are properly and innovatively focused on the mission and support frontline personnel. Secondly, it strengthens CBP's expertise and effectiveness in acquisition and program management of contractor-delivered products and services. The office provides the necessary training to its acquisition workforce, administrative policy and acquisition oversight for all program management offices (including those established to manage Level 1, 2 and 3 acquisition programs) across CBP, and develops standard requirements coordination processes for CBP. OTIA is also exploring innovation and its critical role in inspiring and catalyzing a culture of innovation across all of CBP.
The mission of OTIA is to foster innovation and to conduct effective acquisition (from initial concept through end of life) of U.S. Customs and Border Protection products and services in order to:
- Improve CBP mission performance in securing America's borders; and
- Facilitate lawful movement of goods and people.
OTIA is responsible for acquisition policy, process and documentation, acquisition workforce, business cost and financial management, innovation, life cycle logistics, operational integration and analysis, program management, systems engineering and test and evaluation.
OTIA has identified six strategic goals that it must acheive to be successful at carrying out its extraordinarily important mission.
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