Tuesday Luncheon Keynote Announcement*
Acting Deputy Commissioner Kevin McAleenan
Tuesday, June 17
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Kevin K. McAleenan was named acting deputy commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, effective March 30, 2013. As such, McAleenan becomes the chief operating official of the 60,000-employee border agency.
Previously, McAleenan served as the acting assistant commissioner of the CBP Office of Field Operations, leading the agency’s port security and facilitation operations. He was named to the position December 31, 2011. He previously served as deputy assistant commissioner, Office of Field Operations between July 2010 and December 2011. OFO is the largest component in CBP and is responsible for securing the U.S. border at ports of entry while expediting lawful trade and travel. With OFO, McAleenan was responsible for overseeing CBP’s antiterrorism, immigration, anti-smuggling, trade compliance, and agriculture protection operations at 20 major field offices, 329 ports of entry, and 70 international locations in more than 40 countries. He administered a staff of more than 28,000 employees, and an operating budget of more than $3.5 billion.
As deputy assistant commissioner, McAleenan was particularly involved in the development of CBP’s Advanced Air Cargo Screening program, the development of CBP’s new trade agenda, and efforts to optimize management of resources though business process transformation and modeling.
In January 2013, Congressman Erik Paulsen was sworn in to serve his third term representing Minnesota’s Third Congressional District.
Paulsen's legislative agenda parallels the initiatives that make Minnesota a great place to live, work and raise a family: a strong economic climate for job growth, a fairly-funded and accountable education system, a well-preserved environment, safe communities, and tax reform for taxpayers and businesses.
In addition, he is a member of the Free Trade Working Group and the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Working Group. The Free Trade Working Group was formed nearly 20 years ago to educate Members and promote policies that would open foreign markets to U.S. goods.