Barbara Toohill




Vice President and Director, Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute, DHS FFRDC

Ms. Barbara Toohill is vice president and director of the Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute (HS SEDI™), a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) that MITRE operates through its Homeland Security Center (HLSC) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The HS SEDI provides systems engineering expertise and acquisition strategy advice to major programs to improve enterprise policies, processes, and tools to more efficiently and effectively deliver mission capabilities to ensure the nation's security. As director, Ms. Toohill provides strategic business direction and oversees operations and resource management.

Previously, Ms. Toohill served as deputy director of the HLSC. In this role, she led the integration, coordination, and collaboration among more than 400 MITRE technical staff across the entire DHS work program. She also oversaw the company's work for multiple DHS offices, programs, and acquisitions, including the Secure Border Initiative, SBInet, US-VISIT, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Modernization, Immigration and Customs Service, Science and Technology Directorate, Office of the CIO, Office of the Chief of Procurement, and Office of the Chief Security Officer.

Ms. Toohill has more than 30 years of experience as a strategist, leader, and systems engineer on critical, large-scale federal systems and initiatives. She worked with DHS component agencies prior to the Department's inception, initially serving as the program manager for MITRE's support to the US-VISIT Program, where she and her team collaborated with DHS program executives to develop the vision for the program's technical concept and to achieve its legislative mandates. She also led MITRE's support for DHS programs and offices, including the Secure Border Initiative, Border Patrol, Office of the CIO, Chief Information Security Office, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Prior to supporting DHS, Ms. Toohill was MITRE's program manager for the IRS Business Systems Modernization Program and was the program manager for Tax Administration Applications, both in the Center for Enterprise Modernization. In these roles, she provided technical evaluation and acquisition support to the IRS, including oversight for the e-filing program.

From 1980 to 1996, Ms. Toohill held positions of increasing responsibility in MITRE's information technology and artificial intelligence organizations. She was the manager of the Advanced Information Technologies Center, focusing on strategies for advanced command and control systems and incorporating modeling and simulation, artificial intelligence, and networking technologies. Major initiatives under her leadership included developing system protocols to integrate diverse Department of Defense simulation systems and environments, building natural language and machine translation systems to speed and improve intelligence processing, and establishing common geographic data and mapping standards.

In 1996, Ms. Toohill became vice president of Professional Services at Concept Five Technologies, where she developed and led practices in the areas of intranets, e-business, and pharmaceutical applications. She returned to MITRE in 2000.

Ms. Toohill holds a master's degree in computer science from George Mason University, a master's degree in technology management from American University, and a master's degree in Library and Information Science from Catholic University. She holds a bachelor's degree from Allegheny College. Ms. Toohill is a member of the AFCEA Homeland Security Committee, the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable Steering Committee, Women in Homeland Security, and a Senior Associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies Homeland Security Program.

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