I am pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Todd C. Owen as Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations (OFO). He is expected to assume his duties in February 2015.
Mr. Owen will oversee operations and programs that support CBP’s complex and diverse mission, including national security, traveler admissibility and immigration, customs, and commercial trade, including the CBP Officers and Agriculture Specialists who serve at 328 U.S. ports of entry and 16 preclearance locations overseas.
Mr. Owen’s Federal career spans 24 years; he began working for U.S. Customs in 1990 as an import specialist in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, he has developed strong ties to the trade community and an exceptional understanding of economic and supply-chain security concerns. Most recently, he was the Director of Field Operations for the Los Angeles Field Office.
Deputy Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan and I thank John P. Wagner for serving as Acting Assistant Commissioner since last April. As OFO’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Mr. Wagner will continue to lead the ongoing development of CBP's business transformation efforts, including the Global Entry program and the Automated Passport Control kiosks for international travelers.
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.