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Building 21st Century Borders: Policy Development to Meet New Threats

Recorded on February 18, 2004

Prepared Remarks of Assistant Secretary Verdery

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

The Directorate of Border and Transportation Security (BTS) emerged from the creation of the Department of Homeland Security in January 2003. BTS manages and coordinates port of entry activities and leads efforts to create a border of the future that provides greater security through better intelligence, coordinated national efforts, and unprecedented international cooperation against terrorists, the instruments of terrorism, and other international threats. The Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning of BTS is charged with ensuring that policies developed for BTS, and its component agencies are designed to protect national security and promote public safety while preserving the free flow of legitimate trade and travel.

In his capacity as Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning at BTS, Mr. Verdery has spearheaded policy development in numerous areas including the newly implemented US-Visit program, Smart Borders, cargo and trade, customs, transportation, and immigration issues. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning of BTS, he was General Counsel to United States Senate Assistant Republican Leader Don Nickles, where he played a major role on a wide range of policy issues including crime and law enforcement and constitutional law.

Please join us as Assistant Secretary Verdery addresses the directorate's latest initiatives to secure the homeland.