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Border, Air & Marine Operations Directorate

Director: Tim Goobic

The Border, Air, & Marine Operations Directorate is the OCA lead for CBP operations to secure the land and maritime borders between ports of entry. It serves as the primary OCA liaison to all authorizing committees and personal office staff on matters involving the U.S. Border Patrol and Air and Marine​ Operations.

Key issues that fall under the Border, Air, & Marine Operations Directorate are:

  • Border enforcement operations and challenges between the ports of entry
  • Aviation and marine assets and operations
  • Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program
  • Border technology deployment
  • CBP join operations and initiatives
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Human trafficking and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA)
  • Border wall system construction and maintenance
  • Tactical communications

The directorate collaborates regularly with Congressional staff from the following committees:

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Budget & Appropriations Directorate

 Director: Hope Hunter

The Budget & Appropriations Directorate is the OCA lead for the annual Congressional budget and appropriations process. This directorate is the primary CBP liaison to the House and Senate appropriations and budget committees and works to ensure favorable consideration of CBP's budgetary requests and initiatives. Securing adequate funding through the annual appropriations process is a vital part of CBP's legislative work.

The Budget & Appropriations Directorate works regularly with Congressional staff from the following committees:

The directorate also interacts frequently with the appropriations associate staff of the com​mittee members, as well as various other Congressional staff depending on the nature of their inquiry. Additionally, the branch interacts and responds to requests from the Congressional Budget Office and Congressional Research Service.​

Management and Communications Directorate

Director: Robert "Ben" Andrews

The Management, Operations, and Communications (MOC) Directorate is the OCA lead for inter-office coordination of taskings, correspondence, reports, and FOIA requests.  The directorate manages OCA’s budget planning and execution process, the creation of internal OCA policy, and CBP directives concerning congressional matters as well as  OCA hiring practices, facility issues and equipment, supplies, and inventory maintenance.  The directorate provides support to the Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Assistant Commissioner, and, through student interns and volunteers, office staff.

The MOC Directorate:

  • Coordinates responses to all congressional correspondence directed to CBP, manages the review of congressional reports, hearing transcripts, and questions for the record for CBP and DHS leadership.
  • Supports OCA’s outreach activities by generating various forms of media to communicate CBP programs, operations, policies, and priorities to Congress.Coordinates activities and events aimed at increasing congressional understanding of CBP’s mission, operations, challenges, and successes.
  • •Assists in articulating the long-term priorities of CBP leadership, strengthens collaboration among CBP component offices, and formulates integrated strategies for garnering congressional understanding and support.
  • Provides critical assessments of proposed strategic congressional action and examines key strategic issues.
  • Supports CBP’s legislative and programmatic initiatives by proactively promoting greater understanding of and increased support for CBP operations, programs, policies, and initiatives among Members of Congress, congressional committees, and their staff.  The directorate works in close partnership with CBP leadership and the Department of Homeland Security.

 

Operations Support / Enterprise Services Directorate

Director: Dane Norman

The Operations Support Directorate is the lead for issues such as less-lethal training and use-of-force review, CBP policy, asset management, and the National Firearms and Tactics Branch. In addition, it is the primary liaison on issues concerning the Office of Intelligence.   through these CBP directorates:

  • Office of Intelligence
  • Office of International Affairs
  • Laboratories and Scientific Services
  • Planning, Analysis, and Requirements Evaluation
  • CBP Watch
  • Law Enforcement Safety and Compliance

The Enterprise Services Directorate is the lead for finance, administrative services, acquisition and portfolio management and human resource topics such as employee resilience, workplace solutions. Enterprise Services organizations are:

  • Accountability
  • Acquisition and Portfolio Management
  • Administrative Services
  • Facilities & Assets
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information & Technology
  • Programming
  • Training & Development
  • Workplace Solutions

The directorate collaborates with these primary committees of jurisdiction:

In addition, the directorate collaborates regularly with Congressional staff from the following committees:

Trade and Field Operations

Director: Patrick Schmidt

The Trade and Field Operations (TFO) Directorate manages the CBP’s legislative priorities related to the agency’s trade facilitation and enforcement mission, as well as cargo and passenger operations at the Nation’s air, land, and sea ports of entry.

Trade & Agriculture Division

The Trade & Agriculture Division within the TFO Directorate is CBP's Congressional point of contact for trade policy, program development, regulatory, and compliance measurement functions. The directorate coordinates and consults with Congressional committees of jurisdiction in the development of international trade policies and programs that will guide the work performed by the agency's trade policy and enforcement personnel as well as CBO officers, agriculture specialists, and other field staff at ports of entry.

Key issues handled by the Division include: trade policy and program modernization, forced labor, e-commerce, intellectual property, antidumping / countervailing duty, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), the Jones Act, textile enforcement, and the reauthorization of CBP's trade functions.

The division serves as the point of contact for activities surrounding the confirmation of the CBP Commissioner due to the frequent interaction with the Senate Committee on Finance – the Congressional committee with confirmation authority. Internally, the branch also interacts with the Field Operations & Intelligence Directorate and the Budget & Appropriations Directorate on policy and budget matters concerning trade policy, cargo operations, and enforcement of U.S. trade laws.

The Trade & Agriculture Division collaborates with the two primary committees of jurisdiction over legacy customs revenue and trade policy matters:

In addition, the Trade Policy & Agriculture Directorate interacts with these committees:

The directorate collaborates with other U.S. Government trade-focused agencies, to include the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Key issues handled by the directorate include: trade policy and program modernization, e-commerce, intellectual property, forced labor, antidumping / countervailing duty, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), the Jones Act, textile enforcement, and the reauthorization of CBP's trade functions. The directorate serves as the point of contact for activities surrounding the confirmation of the CBP Commissioner due to the frequent interaction with the Senate Committee on Finance – the Congressional committee with confirmation authority. Internally, the branch also interacts with the Field Operations & Intelligence Directorate and the Budget & Appropriations Directorate on policy and budget matters concerning trade policy, cargo operations, and enforcement of U.S. trade laws.

Field Operations Division

The Field Operations Division serves as the primary agency point of contact for all authorizing committees and Member personal offices on matters related to the admissibility of travelers seeking lawful entry into the United States; cargo security; port-of-entry staffing, facilities, and technology programs; as well as certain aspects of CBP’s National Targeting Center/National Vetting Center.

  • Passenger and cargo targeting eff​orts (National Targeting Center / National Vetting Center)
  • CBP officer staffing levels and the Workload Staffing Model
  • CBP land​ port of entry infrastructure
  • Drug smuggling through por​ts of entry
  • Traveler wait times
  • Trusted Traveler Program
  • Biometric entry-exit
  • Outbound operations at ports of entry
  • Preinspection and Preclearance operations
  • Cargo security programs​
  • Non-Intrusive Inspection technology
  • Mass migration events at ports of entry
  • Global pandemic mitigation
  • Reimbursable services and donation acceptance

The directorate collaborates regularly with Congressional staff from the following committees:

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