New strategy focuses on building a unified and adaptable team to effectively respond to the challenges of tomorrow
WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection published the agency’s Strategy 2020-2025 today, which includes three goals and 12 strategic initiatives that pave the way for CBP for the next five years. The three goals are:
“Every day, the men and women of CBP make critical decisions that protect the American people by securing the border and advancing the nation’s economic prosperity—often in the face of demanding, unpredictable and evolving circumstances and limited resources and capabilities,” said John P. Sanders, senior official performing the functions and duties of Commissioner. “As challenging as our mission is today, our operational environment and the threats we may face will evolve beyond our current resources and capabilities by the year 2025. Our success, and the safety of the American people, depend on what we do now to prepare for the future.”
The strategy prioritizes 12 strategic initiatives across the agency that strengthen CBP’s capacity to meet the mission. The initiatives include: counter network; awareness and enforcement; secure and compliant trade; biometric identification; targeting and vetting; stakeholder experience; hiring and retention; resilience; OneCBP; data and analytics; IT infrastructure; and partnerships.
Notably, the strategy reflects the agency’s commitment to partnerships. “Addressing the challenges and threats of today and tomorrow will require teaming with the entirety of the federal government, civil society groups and industry stakeholders,” said Sanders.
The strategic initiatives, when taken together, will improve CBP’s ability to execute its mission, both now and in the future.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.