Innovative Immigration and Border Control Reform

  • Thursday, Feb 7, 2013
  • Recent shifts in the political landscape have created an environment in which reforms to immigration and border security are increasingly discussed, yet forward progress on these issues could easily be derailed due to the myriad challenges inherent in policy-based reforms. The application of technological innovation may hold the potential to lessen these obstacles by reducing the burden of tasks such as verifying an employee's immigration status, granting visas, and screening those seeking to enter the United States. Please join CSIS on Thursday, February 7th for an on-the-record conference exploring the utility of and potential for technological innovation associated with immigration and border control.


    1:00-1:30PM: Registration

    1:30-2:30PM: Keynote Discussion

    • The Honorable Jayson Ahern, former Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Principal, The Chertoff Group
    • Michael Petrucelli, former Acting Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Executive Chairman and President, ClearPath, Inc.
    • The Honorable Julie Myers Wood, former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and President-Compliance, Federal Practice and Software Solutions, Guidepost Solutions, LLC

    Moderated by: Susan Ginsburg, Member, DHS Quadrennial Review Advisory Committee and Nonresident Fellow, Migration Policy Institute

    2:30-2:45PM: Break

    2:45-3:45PM: Driving Technological Reform

    • Robert Mocny, Director, United States Visitor and Immigration Status Indicator Technology, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    • The Honorable C. Stewart Verdery Jr., former Assistant Secretary for Border and Transportation Security Policy and PLanning, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Founder and Partner, Monument Policy Group, LLC
    • Ryan Fox, Principal, Equifax

    Moderated by: Norma Krayem, Senior Policy Advisor, Patton Boggs LLP and Senior Associate, CSIS Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program

    3:45-3:50PM: Break

    3:50-4:50PM: Areas and Applications for Technological Innovation

    • Pamela Dingle, Senior Technical Architect, Ping Identity
    • Tamar Jacoby, President & CEO, Immigration Works
    • Sonia Padilla, Executive Director, Office of Technology and Acquisitions, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    Moderated by: Patrick R. Schambach, Vice President and General Manager, Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs, CSC

    This event was made possible by the generous support of CSC and Ping Identity as well as additional support from Equifax.