Interim managers named at new border agencies

| 3/4/2003

Homeland Security officials have named 56 senior managers to direct regional operations at two new agencies designed to secure U.S. borders, Government Executive reports.

The interim managers will oversee regional inspection and investigation activities at the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, which will conduct inspections at 307 U.S. ports of entry, and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which will handle criminal investigations of U.S. customs and immigration laws.

Both bureaus were created March 1, when their component agencies — the Customs Service, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (including the Border Patrol), the Federal Protective Service, and the Plant Protection and Quarantine unit of the Agriculture Department — moved into the Homeland Security Department.

Appointing regional managers — as well as naming interim port directors at ports of entry — is a first step to combining the management structure of these agencies, Asa Hutchinson, Homeland Security undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security, said Feb. 28

"As we implement our plans, we will fully integrate the work of the agencies that now make up the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, and in doing so create a single face of government at the border," he said.