2015 Rising Star Awards
IT specialist at Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
- By Mark Rockwell
- Nov 23, 2015
Christina Prat's job is getting Border Patrol agents the data they need to quickly identify the people crossing the country's borders to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
She manages the day-to-day operations associated with developing, implementing and supporting the Biometrics and Federated Person Query modules of the e3 application. E3 is a web-based system that collects and transmits the biographic, encounter and biometric data used by Customs and Border Protection to identify and verify individuals' identities at the border.
As an IT specialist, Prat works with the Border Patrol to understand its requirements and works with the contractor team to develop solutions. She is the data traffic cop for e3, and her efforts have improved the system's ability to capture and share biometric data on detained suspects and match data from other government entities.
Prat has gotten to know her Border Patrol data customers through numerous visits to the rugged lands they work. She understands that officers must be able to identify the people they encounter quickly to ensure everyone's safety. She also works closely with information partners at CBP's Office of Information and Technology and the departments of Homeland Security, Defense and Justice.
"I feel that each day I come into the office, the team and I have the ability to help U.S. Border Patrol agents on the frontlines of our nation's borders," she said. "I truly believe the work we do supporting their systems technically helps the agents work fast and stay safe."
Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.
Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.
Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.
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