John P. Wagner
Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
As the guardian of the nation’s borders, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a multi-layered mission and is a world-class law enforcement agency that adapts to counter new threats; protects the nation’s economic vitality; and manages increasing volumes of travel and trade to the United States. Since 2013, CBP has been leading efforts to implement a biometric exit program at the nations ports of entry to meet the congressional mandate and ensure a seamless travel experience. Beginning with the air environment, CBP will implement a biometric exit system that enhances security, minimizes the impact to travelers, controls costs, and safeguards privacy. During the summer of 2017, CBP deployed technical demonstrations at several U.S. airports that built off the success of prior tests and expanded exit implementations through public-private partnerships. John Wagner, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, provided an update on CBP’s current biometric exit operations and the path forward to use facial biometrics to confirm identity, enhance entry processing, and transform the overall travel experience.