John P. Wagner has been the Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Field Operations since April of 2014.
In this role, Mr. Wagner oversees nearly 30,000 employees including approximately 23,000 CBP Officers and over 2,400 CBP Agriculture Specialists that protect U.S. borders. An annual operating budget of $4.8 billion provides for operations at over 330 ports of entry, and many programs that support the national security, immigration, customs, and commercial trade-related missions of CBP.
In his 25 plus years of service, Mr. Wagner has worked on a wide variety of operational and policy issues. Mr. Wagner has been a leader in developing many successful transformative efforts for the organization, including the development of the internationally acclaimed Global Entry program and the Automated Passport Control kiosks for international travelers. Currently, one of Mr. Wagner’s main priorities is to advance a biometric exit and entry system across the Nation. Based upon his innovative approach, CBP is deploying facial biometrics into the air travel continuum to secure and enhance the passenger experience. Overall, Mr. Wagner is recognized as a driving force behind many of CBP’s resource saving and time saving initiatives, while simultaneously enhancing security operations at the ports of entry.
A native of Long Island, NY, Mr. Wagner graduated from the State University of New York at Albany, with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. He began his Federal law enforcement career in 1991 when he joined the U.S. Customs Service as a Customs Inspector, and has worked at the New York/New Jersey seaport and the land border port of Laredo, TX before being assigned to Headquarters. Mr. Wagner is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows course at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University, and was honored as a finalist for a Service to America’s medal in 2015.