The Secretary’s Unity of Effort Award recognizes outstanding efforts in coordination, and unity of effort across the Department of Homeland Security by significantly improving efficiency and effectiveness. The award acknowledges group efforts within the Department or with external partners who assist in meeting our commitment of unity of effort.
This year's winners are listed below, along with a description of their contributions and achievements:
For exceptional collaboration to modernize and enhance Department-wide research and development to address Homeland Security missions.
S&T Integrated Product Team, S&T Washington, DC
For developing and improving an Air Relocation Program to rapidly move the Secretary of Homeland Security and/or designated successors during threat and hazard emergencies.
Special Programs Section/Air Relocation Program Washington, DC
Office of Operations Coordination U.S. Customs and Border Protection United States Coast Guard Federal Emergency Management Agency Management Directorate National Protection and Programs Directorate
For protecting the Homeland through the development of a web-based passport validation tool to aid in the identification of fraudulent passports and passenger offloads.
Online Document Information Network Washington, DC
Office of Intelligence and Analysis, CBP
For outstanding collaboration in the development of the Personnel Surety Program and full implementation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program that provides for vetting against the Terrorist Screening Data of personnel and visitors to Chemical facilities.
Personnel Surety Program Implementation Washington, DC
National Protection and Programs Directorate U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Transportation Security Administration Office of Policy U.S. Customs and Border Protection Management Directorate
For coordinating and executing a Department-wide cyber hiring event, which occurred on a very short timeline on July 27 - 28, 2016, resulting in over 370 Temporary Job Offers made during the hiring event and in subsequent weeks.
DHS Cyber Hiring Event Team Washington, DC
Management Directorate U.S. Customs and Border Protection U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of Public Affairs U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Federal Emergency Management Agency National Protection and Programs Directorate United States Secret Service United States Coast Guard Transportation Security Administration
In recognition of extraordinary cooperation and collaboration that created a common and simplified budget structure to support seamless execution of Department and Component front line operations.
Common Appropriations Structure Leadership Team Washington, DC
Management Directorate U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Office of Intelligence and Analysis U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services United States Coast Guard Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers U.S. Customs and Border Protection Federal Emergency Management Agency United States Secret Service Transportation Security Administration
In recognition of outstanding contribution to detention reform.
ICE Detention Reform Working Group Washington, DC
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
For outstanding leadership in managing an interagency Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems effort to respond to increased threats from drones and gyrocopters incidents in the National Capital Region.
Non-traditional Aviation Technologies Whole-of-Community Team Washington, DC
Science and Technology Directorate U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Policy Office of Intelligence and Analysis Office of General Counsel Inter-Governmental Affairs Executive Secretariat Federal Aviation Administration Department of Defense United States Park Police
In recognition of the informative bi-weekly engagements with the private sector about security, resulting in more diverse feedback to assist and inform in the development of future products and approaches.
Classified Intelligence Forum Team Washington, DC
Office of Intelligence and Analysis National Protection and Programs Directorate Science and Technology Directorate
In recognition of the team’s extraordinary performance in a dynamic information environment.
Secretary’s Briefing Staff Washington, DC
Office of Operations Coordination U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement Office of Intelligence and Analysis National Protection and Programs Directorate
For outstanding leadership and collaboration in the development of strategies to extend American maritime borders to help prevent terrorists and weapons of mass destruction from entering the Homeland.
Vital Archer Marble Challenge Capstone Washington, DC
United States Coast Guard
In recognition of outstanding collaboration to create and deploy an inclusive air domain awareness system that provides real time information of known or suspected terrorists attempting to travel, and other threats.
TSA/CBP Common Operating Picture Team Washington, DC
Transportation Security Administration U.S. Customs and Border Protection
For demonstrating superior innovative skills in piloting a new social media screening tool.
Vermont Avenue Team Washington, DC
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of Intelligence and Analysis Science and Technology Directorate