WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske announced a new vision and strategy for the agency of more than 60,000 employees charged with border security and trade and travel facilitation.
The first comprehensive strategic plan in nearly a decade, CBP’s Vision and Strategy 2020 advances collaboration, innovation and integration as strategic themes driving CBP forward into the year 2020.
“Our Vision and Strategy 2020 clearly outlines how we plan to enhance both our agility and ability to meet increasingly global and increasingly complex challenges,” said Commissioner Kerlikowske.
At a speech delivered at the Brookings Institution, Commissioner Kerlikowske also acknowledged the tremendous responsibility placed on the agency’s personnel by describing a typical day at the agency. As the Nation’s frontline border agency, CBP enforces 500 laws for 47 federal agencies. Commissioner Kerlikowske discussed accomplishments during this first year at CBP in the areas of travel, trade and transparency, including:
CBP’s Vision and Strategy outlines four goals:
The Vision and Strategy 2020 reaffirms the agency’s commitment to partnerships, innovation, as well as integrated, risk-informed, intelligence driven law enforcement operations.
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.