CBP Formally Changes Director for Mid-Atlantic Operations
Port of Baltimore’s 2011 Woman of the Year Augustine Moore Takes Helm
BALTIMORE – In a time-honored tradition, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Baltimore Office of Field Operations formally changed leaders during a change of command ceremony at the Customs House Friday.
Augustine Moore takes over leadership from former Director, now retired, Michael J. Lovejoy. CBP’s Deputy Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan presided.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner John P. Wagner presented Moore with the Director's guide on.
Moore’s return to Baltimore is a homecoming of sorts. From 2007 through 2011, she held the position of Assistant Port Director, Trade Operations, for the Area Port of Baltimore. In 2011, the Maryland Women’s Maritime Association recognized Moore as the “Port of Baltimore’s Woman of the Year.”
Moore returns to Baltimore after temporarily serving as Acting Executive Director for CBP’s Cargo and Conveyance Security, within the Office of Field Operations, Washington, D.C. She was responsible for all cargo security programs and policies, including import and export control, non-intrusive inspection (NII), shipping container security initiatives, Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Program, and all NII inspection technology and radiation portal monitor deployments.
Additionally, she led the transition team for the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEE), which are an integral component of CBP’s Trade Transformation Initiative. CEEs align all of the agency’s trade expertise into industries managed from ten strategic locations throughout the country.
From 2012 to 2014, Moore served as the Assistant Director, Trade Operation, Chicago Field Office; and Director, Base Metals Center of Excellence and Expertise.
Moore, who hails from Wisconsin, began her federal career in 1991 as a Budget Analyst with the former U.S. Customs Service in Washington, D.C., and has since served in a variety of positions with the agency.
“I’m humbled and honored with my appointment to serve as one of 19 Field Directors,” said Moore. “It’s exciting for me to come home and to join a team of hundreds of dedicated men and woman who give their best to ensure the safety of our community and of this great nation of ours.”
“I look forward to the opportunities that this position brings in directing a multitude of CBP operations at one of the most important ports of entry in the nation,” said Moore. “I too look forward to working with all of our stakeholders to further CBP’s current levels of cooperation and collaboration in making lawful trade and travel more efficient while at the same time enhancing border security.”
Lovejoy served close to 40 years in the U.S. Customs Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Lovejoy’s career included operational and management positions at nine postings in air, land and sea ports of entry. He also served in numerous positions within CBP Headquarters in the Office of Field Operations’ programs of Trade, Travel, and Anti-Smuggling.
He has worked on the development of numerous programs and initiatives such as the Automated Targeting System, the CBP Transition Management Office, and the Non-Intrusive Inspection Technology program.
“Mike is a tough act to follow. And thanks to his legacy of superb leadership, Augustine Moore is ‘inheriting’ a rock-solid field office, and I am confident that she will continue building on that strong foundation,” said McAleenan.
The Baltimore Field Office is staffed by more than 800 employees responsible for all aspects of Field Operations in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Northern Virginia.
The Port of Baltimore ranks number one in imports of automobiles and roll-on and roll-off (RO-RO) cargo. In addition, the Port of Baltimore has robust year-round cruise operations. The Port of Wilmington is highest in the nation for fresh fruit imports; and the Port of Dulles and Philadelphia serve as the hub for two major U.S. airline carriers.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.