Wright Appointed Acting Deputy Director of the US-VISIT Program

Robert A. Mocny today appointed P.T. Wright to the position of acting deputy director of the US-VISIT program.

US-VISIT is part of a continuum of biometrically-based security measures that begins overseas and across our land borders and continues through arrival in and departure from the United States.

Wright follows Mocny, who recently became acting director of US-VISIT.

In his previous position as director of mission operations, Mr. Wright provided important executive leadership in accomplishing the operational mission objectives for US-VISIT.

Mr. Wright serves as the U.S. team leader on the U.S.-Mexico

Bi-National Technical Working Group for US-VISIT and the

U.S.-Canadian Bi-National Technical Working Group for US-VISIT Implementation.

He has held key positions in customs and border protection management in Washington, D.C.; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; El Paso, Texas; and Nogales, Ariz. He was instrumental in development of customs policies on cargo examination and processing, drug interdiction and traveler processing, and he directed the development of the popular Customs K-9 Trading Card program.

Mr. Wright has a long history of outstanding leadership. He has served at the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of the Treasury with distinction, and has held a number of key positions since beginning his career with the former U.S. Customs Service on August 30, 1973.

He has participated in a wide range of senior federal management development programs, including the Federal Executive Institute as well as being a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business - Customs Leadership Institute. In his career, he has received numerous awards, including the National Narcotics Officers Association Customs Award, Southwest Region Middle Manager of the Year and the European Commission-Sanctions Ambassador's Peace Recognition Award.

To date, nearly 60 million international visitors applying for admission at U.S. ports of entry have been processed through US-VISIT, and more than 1,100 criminals or immigration violators have been denied admission to the United States with the help of US-VISIT biometric procedures.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 06070763.