The Office of Congressional Affairs (OCA) serves as the single point of contact within CBP for all communications between CBP and Congress. OCA’s role is critical in maintaining an effective relationship between CBP and Congress by monitoring areas of special or urgent Congressional interest. We collaborate with the Hill on legislation, casework, and inquiries spanning the broad scope of CBP operations. OCA maintains a comprehensive knowledge of all agency and Congressional programs and activities.
OCA is committed to addressing all questions and concerns related to CBP’s complex mission. We are responsible for the accurate and transparent articulation of CBP's message and activities. We respond to requests from members of Congress for information, including reports, meetings, hearings, and tours. We coordinate all activities and supporting documents for Congressional hearings and prepare witnesses to testify before Congress. OCA coordinates visits to CBP facilities by Congressional delegations (CODELS) and their staff delegations (STAFFDELS), and coordinate and host Congressional Staffer Academy (CSA) sessions.
Border, Air & Marine Operations - Timothy Goobic
Budget & Appropriations - Hope Hunter (Acting)
Management and Communications - Robert "Ben" Andrews
Operations Support / Enterprise Services - Dane Norman
Trade and Field Operations - Patrick Schmidt
The Office of Congressional Affairs is committed to keeping Congress informed about CBP’s complex policies, programs, and operations. To assist in that endeavor, we have created a unique set of links to assist Congressional staff in learning about CBP and researching CBP issues.
In an average year, OCA hosts two Congressional Staffer Academy sessions to help Congressional staff learn about CBP's complex mission.