From CQ Homeland Security, on confirmation hearings for the nominee for undersecretary for intelligence and analysis:
Customs and Border Protection officials have reported an increase in drug and cash seizures made at borders across the country.
So far this year, officials have seized more than 4.47 million pounds of narcotics and $57.9 million in currency, which is a 74-percent increase from 2008.
In addition to seizures, customs officers have encountered more than 224,000 inadmissible immigrants at national borders and arrested more than 556,000.
They have also facilitated nearly $2 trillion in legitimate trade.
"This data illustrates the tremendous work the men and women of CBP perform every day on the front lines protecting our borders while ensuring the efficient flow of travel and trade," Customs Acting Commissioner Jayson Ahern said in a news
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a confirmation hearing this week to consider President Obama’s nominee for undersecretary for intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security.
The nominee, Caryn Wagner, currently is an instructor in intelligence-resource management at the Intelligence and Security Academy, a company that provides education, training and consulting in national security issues and intelligence analysis.
As DHS undersecretary for intelligence and analysis, Wagner would oversee DHS’s intelligence operations, leading a number of critical initiatives involving information sharing, engagement with state and local fusion centers and management of the security of classified information systems. The undersecretary also serves as the department’s primary point of contact for the intelligence community.
“Effective intelligence collection and analysis and robust information-sharing are essential to our mission of securing the nation,” said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano after the White House announced Wagner’s nomination in October.
“Caryn’s extensive experience in the intelligence community will enhance our capability to collaborate with federal, state and local partners to assess and protect against homeland security threats.”