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Agency Plans and Reports

Mission

With Honor and Integrity, we will safeguard the American People, our homeland, and our values.

Overview

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) mission is to safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values with honor and integrity. Threats to our safety and security are constantly evolving, and require continuous risk assessments and adaptive strategies to effectively address them. The men and women at DHS demonstrate agility and dedication to our mission by protecting our Nation from threats by land, sea, air, and cyber. Known terrorist entities, criminals, homegrown terrorists, cyber-terrorists, smugglers, transnational criminal organizations, failed state, and unpredictable “lone offenders” constitute present and future threats to our way of life every day and emphasize the importance of DHS’s mission.

DHS’s wide-ranging, around the clock operations serve to strengthen our Nation’s security and resilience and promote our Nation’s economic prosperity, DHS will use all means available to it, including its highly-trained workforce, physical barriers, improved infrastructure, state-of-the art surveillance techniques and equipment, cybersecurity, biometric identification systems, improved technology, and top-notch intelligence to meet the changing threats to our Nation. We will leverage information sharing and personnel, as well as technological, operations, and policy-making elements to detect, deter, and disrupt terrorism and other threats.

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Gears of Government Awards Hall of Winners

The Gears of Government Awards recognize individuals and teams across the Federal workforce whose dedication supports exceptional delivery of key outcomes for the American people, specifically around mission results, customer service, and accountable stewardship.

Department of Homeland Security award winners are listed below.


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Department of Homeland Security

  • Alice Catalano
  • Reshawn Seaberry
  • John Bilotta
  • Julie Blaaw
  • Joshua Bubinas

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Improved public safety, by consolidating electronic entry, exit, and flight status information for cargo screening facilities at Chicago O’Hare International Airport into a single data repository. 102 million passengers and 1.9 million tons of cargo moved through O’Hare in 2017.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Bruce Davidson
  • Rachel Abreu
  • David Paquette
  • Courtney Edwards
  • Leya Posey

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Improved security preparedness and resiliency at national places of interest through the completion of security capabilities reviews for private organizations.

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Daniel W. Green

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Daniel W. Green

Led FEMA’s distribution of fuel to multiple operations during 2017’s major hurricanes. Fuel is critical in disaster response for local, state and federal responders, as well as hospitals and other service providers.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Joseph Eddy
  • Judith Pitt
  • Mia Dozier
  • Matthew McIntyre
  • Anneka Haddix

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Developed and implemented a transition plan for law enforcement positions. This innovative plan fills open positions more quickly, which increases public safety and allows teams to compete for top talent.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Mark Kirk
  • Lee Pietrangelo
  • Eric Chaney
  • Linda Holifield-Kennedy
  • Latousha Leslie

Department of Homeland Security

Provided a Fentanyl response plan to first responders from across the country. The team’s work helps protect the health and safety of citizens from the deadly opioid epidemic.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Natalie Levasseur
  • Daniel Dixon
  • Ryan Colman
  • Rex Hays
  • Tina White
  • MaryBeth LeFevre

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Adjudicated and hired over 1,600 personnel in just two months for response teams aiding disaster victims from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Richard Love
  • Johnny Mulkey
  • Emerson Floyd
  • Phillip Pruitt
  • Ted Parker

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Developed an efficient and cost-effective method for removing dust and lead particles from outdoor firing ranges, saving taxpayers $2.4 million.

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Lori. A Shorthouse

Department of Homeland Security


Lori. A Shorthouse

Streamlined processes and effectively implemented technologies to save time and money.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • John Sollosi
  • Matthew Walter
  • Douglas Scheffler
  • Stephen Jones
  • Courtney Mallon

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Created a system that allows commercial vessels to use electronic charting and real-time positioning technology to deliver updates to the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular. The system saves the maritime industry millions of dollars and cuts down work hours.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Shannon McCormick
  • Anthony Harvin
  • Keisha Benford
  • John Callahan
  • Massimiliano Allegretta

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Developed a strategy to maintain national security at the southwest border. This multi-disciplinary team was convened quickly and was able to work swiftly on this highly visible and complex project.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Shawn McDonald
  • Chris Pietrzak
  • John Mennell
  • Michael Aponte
  • Joe Garcia

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Developed and deployed a custom app that uses GPS to give a real-time view of an area where a security operation is taking place. The app allows responders to see the location of their teammates and potential threats, enhancing security and situational awareness for operations.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • James Piouffe
  • Sarah Fahden
  • Eric Jeanmaire
  • Fred Rednor
  • Scott Purnell-Saunders

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Developed the Remote Retrievable Disposable Desktop tool that provides access to immigration information, while protecting DHS systems and the legal rights of individuals under investigation and adjudication of certain immigration benefits.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Brian Scott
  • Michael Duffy
  • Traci Knight
  • Gabriel Slater
  • Michael Halas
  • Gabriel Taran

Department of Homeland Security

Improved the cybersecurity of federal computer systems through the removal of Kaspersky Lab security products. Kaspersky Lab products were identified to have ties to the Russian government.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Matthew Schneider
  • Michael Gorman
  • Matthew Queior
  • Michael Hysong
  • Rodney Perkins

Department of Homeland Security

Improved the efficiency of national security processes through the consolidation of electronic entry and exit status information into a single repository for the Arrival and Departure Information System.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Patrick Starke
  • Todd Klessman
  • Kirby Wedekind

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Improved the security of soft targets, such as sporting venues, shopping malls, and public transit stations, through exceptional leadership, teamwork, and the development of the DHS’ Soft Target and Crowded Places Security Plan.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Richard Seal
  • Brian Pendleton
  • Mark Fischer
  • Andrew Bennett
  • Tachelle Craddock

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Eliminated a 12-year backlog of terrorism-related information in digital media, which resulted in the identification of over 1,000 individuals on terrorist watchlists.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Tye McGrath
  • Cecelia Barela
  • Blair Edwards
  • Karen Burke
  • Sean West

Department of Homeland Security

Created a new system for scanning carry-on luggage which has improved the TSA’s ability to detect prohibited materials without additional personnel or equipment.

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Department of Homeland Security

  • Kevin Wolinski
  • Adam Altman
  • Michael Silata
  • Christopher Simonsen
  • Matthew Gray

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Created a new approach system to recertify Transportation Security Officers, aiding the safety of airline, bus, and train passengers through cargo and baggage inspections.

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John Bragaw

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John Bragaw

Implemented innovative recruitment and training programs that saved time and money and enhanced fleet readiness. John’s leadership at the Coast Guard Yard allowed for the facility’s largest expansion since 1945.

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Mary J. Epstein

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Mary J. Epstein

Oversaw the counterfeit currency process in the Washington field office, removing a backlog of more than 60,000 pieces of counterfeit currency.

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Todd Porinsky

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Todd Porinsky

Coordinated and executed the indictment of multiple individuals from organized crime groups in the Ohio area on charges of conspiracy, device fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

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William Vogel

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William Vogel

Led thousands of personnel in Federal Response and Recovery efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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