OpsExpo Highlights "One U.S. Government at the Border"
CBP's Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center (CTAC), hosted OpsExpo, a gathering of 11 U.S. government agencies, Aug. 26, in Washington, D.C. to discuss the top safety risks posed by imported goods at the border. The conference theme was “One U.S. Government at the Border.”
The importance of our partnerships at the border was recently elevated by the President with his Executive Order (13659) requiring total interagency collaboration and enhanced coordination, and placing DHS/CBP in the role of facilitator to achieve this goal. OpsExpo showcased CBP’s leading role in interagency coordination for protecting American consumers from dangerous imported products. OpsExpo provided a forum for each partner government agency to present their top areas of import safety risk and their plans for addressing those risks through trade targeting operations in the coming year.
In opening the event, Acting Assistant Commissioner for the Office of International Trade Richard DiNucci stated to the attendees, “Your expertise is absolutely critical.” He followed by noting the importance of the meeting and emphasized that the meeting “continues our collaborative efforts and builds upon our successes. What we validate is that we have the ability to plan, to forecast and to be transparent with our import safety trade enforcement plans for the upcoming year. And that’s the importance of the partnerships realized within the CTAC.”
Approximately 125 people attended OpsExpo including representatives from the federal partner agencies working with CBP to facilitate the legal and safe importation of goods into the U.S. These agencies are: the Animal, Plant, and Health Inspection Service (APHIS); Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC); Food and Drug Administration(FDA); Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS); Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS); Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS); National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Besides representatives from these CTAC member agencies, representatives from CBP’s Office of Field Operations, Centers for Excellence and Expertise, and the National Targeting Center were also in attendance.
In his closing remarks to the group, Ed Ryan, of the CTAC and host of the event, thanked everyone for their attendance and participation and said that “the synergy among the participants, the beneficial networking and the enthusiasm of those in attendance completely demonstrates that we are, indeed, “One U.S. Government at the Border”.
For additional information on CTAC, please visit the CTAC section of the CBP website.
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.