WASHINGTON, DC — Today, US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan D. Bersin departs as the head of the agency charged with securing America’s borders and facilitating legitimate trade and travel. Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar will serve as Acting Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Field Operations Thomas S. Winkowski will serve as Acting Deputy Commissioner.
“As I depart CBP, I want to acknowledge the men and women of this agency whose dedication, expertise, and tireless resolve empowered us to achieve unprecedented results on some of the nation’s most pressing challenges,” said Bersin.
“Commissioner Bersin’s vision and leadership guided CBP through a significant chapter in our agency’s history,” said Aguilar, “Today, we commit to building on the meaningful progress we’ve made as we move forward.”
As Acting Commissioner, Mr. Aguilar will serve as the agency’s chief executive, overseeing the operations of CBP’s 59,800-employee work force and will manage an operating budget of US$11.5 billion. As Acting Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Winkowski will serve as the agency’s Chief Operating Officer, overseeing daily operations.