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Immigration & Customs Enforcement Symposium

May 20th, 2022

The Government Technology & Services Coalition is extremely pleased to host the 5th annual Immigration and Customs Enforcement Symposium, to examine the missions, programs, and goals of ICE.

GTSC continues to bring you the people, information, and collaboration necessary to understand our government partners.  For GTSC's Immigration  Security Symposium, we will host discussions around the administration's procurement goals, IT transformation initiatives, their small business strategy, and much more.

Thank you to our Supporting Sponsor! 

Thank you to our Luncheon Sponsor! 

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Kristina Tanasichuk

Founder & CEO
GTSC

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Alysa Erichs 

Chair
Immigration & Customs Enforcement Symposium

Former  Acting Executive Associate Director, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement  

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Matthew Albence 

Principal
Grindstone Consulting 

Former Acting Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
 

9:30 AM  Welcome & Opening Remarks 

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Tae Johnson 

Acting Director
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Tae D. Johnson is the acting Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Prior to this appointment, Mr. Johnson served in the role of the ICE Deputy Director.

Mr. Johnson executes oversight of ICE’s day-to-day operations, leading approximately 20,000 employees including more than 7,000 criminal investigators in Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and 6,000 officers in Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). 

Mr. Johnson administers operational and mission support personnel assigned to more than 400 domestic and international offices and oversees an annual budget of over $8 billion. 

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Johnson served as Deputy Executive Associate Director for ERO. In this role, Mr. Johnson was responsible for the oversight, direction, and coordination of ERO in its mission to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of aliens who undermine the safety of our communities and the integrity of our immigration laws. Mr. Johnson managed a budget of approximately $4.4 billion and lead an organization of more than 7,900 employees assigned to 24 ERO field offices and six headquarters divisions, in more than 200 domestic locations and 25 overseas locations.

10:00 AM   Opening Keynote 

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Tracy Cormier

Assistant Director
Cyber and Operational Technology Division
Homeland Security Investigations
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 

10:30 AM   Cyber Operations at HSI 

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Patrick McElwain
 

Deputy Assistant Director, Counter Proliferations Unit

Director, Federal Export Enforcement Coordination Center, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 

11:00 AM   Counter Proliferations at HSI 

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Rachelle Henderson 

Chief Information Officer
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Rachelle Henderson is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Office of the CIO (OCIO) provides mission-critical Information Technology (IT) services and products that enable ICE and DHS to meet their respective missions. OCIO has modernized vital IT systems, matured the organization to contemporary IT management disciplines, and significantly enhanced the cyber defense posture of the enterprise.

Ms. Henderson started her career as a software developer supporting the U.S. Department of State before joining the U.S. Customs Service where she performed technical and team leadership roles. After the creation of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), she led the Branch responsible for United States Border Patrol (USBP) and Air and Marine Operations (AMO) enforcement systems modernization. After almost six years in this role, she had the opportunity to directly support the Field and expand her technical portfolio as a Regional Director in CBP’s Field Support in Arizona and then Texas, leading the organizations that supports all Information Technology, surveillance, and tactical communications technology for CBP’s front line operators.

In her most recent role, Ms. Henderson returned to Border Enforcement and Management Systems as their Executive Director, where she led a team of about 120 federal employees and 520 contractors with an annual operating budget of $150 million. She delivered IT software solutions for a diverse portfolio to include all CBP operational and mission support organizations. While at the helm this organization, she was also named as the lead for the DHS priority Unified Immigration Portal (UIP) program.

12:30 PM   Luncheon Keynote 

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Albert Dainton

Head of Contracting Activity
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

1:00 PM Contracting Activity at ICE 

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Anita Perkins

Small Business Specialist 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

1:30 PM Small Business Activity at ICE 

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Brian Barrontine

Unit Chief
Strategy Operations and Analysis Unit
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement  

2:30 PM Strategy Operations and Analysis at ICE 

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Waldemar Rodriguez

Associate Director
Office of Professional Responsibility 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

3:00 PM Professional Responsibility at ICE 

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Patrick J. Lechleitner 

Senior Official Performing the the Duties of Deputy Director
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Patrick J. Lechleitner is currently the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Mr. Lechleitner executes oversight of ICE’s day-to-day operations, leading approximately 20,000 employees including more than 7,000 criminal investigators in Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and 6,000 officers in Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

In this role, Mr. Lechleitner oversees operational and mission support personnel assigned to more than 400 domestic and international offices and administers an annual budget of over $8 billion. Prior to this position, Mr. Lechleitner served the Acting Executive Associate Director for HSI and before that, as the Assistant Director for HSI’s International Operations Division. In this role, Mr. Lechleitner was responsible for administering a budget of more than $160 million and the operational oversight of 80 offices in 53 countries. With over 400 special agents and support personnel assigned to U.S. embassies, consulates, and Department of Defense liaison offices around the globe, HSI’s international footprint is DHS’s largest investigative presence abroad.​

4:00 PM   Closing Keynote