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South Texas in Line for Border Patrol Technology

Mark Borkowski, assistant Customs and Border Protection commissioner at the office of technology, innovation and acquisition, said one item that will be headed to Texas next year is the mobile surveillance system capability, a suite of sensors mounted on a vehicle that can be quickly deployed, and then driven to a new location.

Border Technology Vendors Face Stringent Acquisition Regime

After years of preparation, CBP’s acquisition department awarded in March a contract to Elbit Systems of America to build a third generation of fixed towers designed to monitor the border. Officials said they have learned from the mistakes of the past, which led to an acquisition strategy designed to avoid the pitfalls of the second-generation cameras.

Borkowski: Restraint Paying Off for US Border Technology Buying

Typically, it’s not a good sign when one acknowledges that one has scaled back his or her ambitions. But for Mark Borkowski, head of the Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition at US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), announcing a more “pedestrian” investment strategy last year put the contracting world on notice: the agency was through with expensive and unwieldy projects that had no end in sight.

Successful US CBP Aerostat Tests in Texas Prompt Plans for More Airships

Having completed operational utility evaluation of three aerostats that were deployed in the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector in November 2013, the leadership of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is planning to deploy two additional aerostats this June.

Lawmaker: Staffing expenses threaten CBP tech acquisition

A senior Democratic appropriator speculated that what he termed a "relatively modest overall increase" in Customs and Border Protection's fiscal 2015 budget -- coupled with increasing demands from a growing staff -- threatens the agency's ability to acquire new technology.

Free military equipment can be costly for CBP

The Defense Department may not charge Customs and Border Protection to repurpose military technology, but the arrangement can still be expensive for CBP. Mark Borkowski, the head of CBP's Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition, noted the drawbacks of taking on systems that the DoD no longer needs Wednesday at the Border Security Expo.

Subcommitte Hearing: The Arizona Border Surveillance Technology Plan and its Impact on Border Security

On March 12, 2014, the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security held a hearing entitled “The Arizona Border Surveillance Technology Plan and its Impact on Border Security.” The subcommittee received testimony from Mr. Mark Borkowski, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security; and Ms. Rebecca Gambler, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office. Written testimony is available on the Committee's website.

RESCHEDULED: Subcommittee Hearing: The Arizona Border Surveillance Technology Plan and its Impact on Border Security

This hearing originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, 2014, will now occur at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in 311 Cannon House Office Building. Click to Watch Live Video. (**This feature is only available during committee events. The webcast requires Windows Media Player and works best in Internet Explorer.**) 

Subcommittee Hearing: The Arizona Border Surveillance Technology Plan and its Impact on Border Security

On March 4, 2014, Assistant Commissioner Mark Borkowski will testify before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security for a hearing on "The Arizona Border Surveillance Technology Plan and its Impact on Border Security." GAO will also testify. Additional information will be available on the Committee's website.

Border Security Expo 2014 Announces Growing Keynote Lineup

The lineup of confirmed Keynote Speakers and panelists continues to grow for the upcoming 8th Annual Border Security Expo, scheduled for March 18-19, 2014 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Confirmed keynote speakers include Mark S. Borkowski, Component Acquisition Executive & Assistant Commissioner, Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

CBP's Chief Technologist Takes on New Innovation Role

Central to Tombe’s new innovation focus will be working across the CBP mission offices and with industry, academia, as well as CBP’s Office of Technology, Innovation and Acquisition and the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate.

Mark Borkowski, Assistant Commissioner for CBP’s Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition Joins Wash100 for Govt Leadership

Executive Mosaic is glad to unveil Mark Borkowski, assistant commissioner for Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition, as the latest inductee into the Wash100, the premier group of leaders who drive growth and innovation at the intersection of the public and private sectors.

Mark Borkowski, assistant commissioner for the Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition at Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Department

As head of an office with innovation in its title, it would be easy to expect Mark Borkowski to specialize in the type of "innovation" that looks good on paper but gains little traction, especially in a time when innovation is a dominant buzzword.