Robert joined the independent and international Biometrics Institute in 2015 and became an Advisory Council Member in 2016 promoting the Institute’s mission of the responsible and ethical use of biometrics proactively into North America.
He is is a respected domestic and international security policy expert with more than 30 years of public and foreign affairs, immigration, law enforcement and technology leader experience.
He was the deputy director then director of the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology – US-VISIT program from 2003 to 2016. The US-VISIT program established the world’s first biometrics border control program in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.
During his time as director, Robert initiated the development of the Secure Real Time Platform that allows the seamless sharing of biometrics data among the United States most trusted international partners. In 2013, while director of US-VISIT, he was seconded to the DHS Office of Policy where he led efforts on additional international information sharing initiatives and established the Five Country[i] Ministerial. The Five Country Ministerial continues each year to bring together the security Secretaries/Ministers of these partner countries to discuss and plan coordinated security strategies and programs.
Robert finished his government service from 2016 to 2019 as deputy director for Technology and Innovation at the DHS Federal Protective Service, where he developed a technology modernization roadmap for FPS.
His career of managing new technology initiatives began in 1989 at the Immigration and Naturalization Service where, after several years as an Immigration Inspector, he led an interagency team that established the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI), the world’s first automated border clearance program. The SENTRI program won the Commissioner Challenge and Vice President’s Hammer Awards.
His federal government experience was dedicated to increasing management and operations efficiencies, leveraging technology and innovation to support operations, and assisting international partners improve their security postures to better protect the United States.
He retired from the federal government in 2019.
[i] The United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand
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