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Robert Mocny

Former U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Mocny is a respected domestic and international security policy expert with more than 30 years of public and foreign affairs, immigration, and technology leadership experience. He was the deputy director and was later promoted to director of the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology – US-VISIT program from 2003 to 2016. The US-VISIT program established the world’s first biometrics border control program in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. During his time as director, Mr. Mocny initiated the development of the Secure Real Time Platform that allows the seamless sharing of biometrics data among the United States’ most trusted international partners. In 2013, while director of US-VISIT, he was seconded to the DHS Office of Policy, where he led efforts on additional international information-sharing initiatives and established the Five Country Ministerial. The Five Country Ministerial continues to bring together the security Secretaries/Ministers of partner countries to discuss and plan coordinated security strategies and programs.

Mr. Mocny finished his government service as deputy director for Technology and Innovation at the DHS Federal Protective Service (FPS). He served in this position from 2016 to 2019 and developed a technology modernization roadmap for FPS. His career in managing new technology initiatives began in 1989 at the Immigration and Naturalization Service, where he was an Immigration Inspector for several years and later led an interagency team that established the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI), the world’s first automated border clearance program. The SENTRI program won the Commissioner Challenge and Vice President’s Hammer Awards.

Mr. Mocny is now the Strategic Advisor in North America for the Biometrics Institute, an international organization based in London, England. The Biometrics Institute promotes the responsible and ethical use of biometrics.

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