From transforming the National Airspace System to managing homeland security resources, educating today’s information leaders, and transforming governmentoperations, these executives clarify and extend our understanding of the work they champion and the efforts they lead.

The nation stands on the verge of a new era in aviation. The National Airspace System is one of the largest and safest in the world. It is also one of the busiest. Randy Babbitt, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, outlines the next generation air transportation system (NextGen), explaining how it will improve the airspace system, increase capacity, and ensure safety.

With an expansive and varied mission, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must manage its resources efficiently, effectively, and as “OneDHS.” Rafael Borras, undersecretary for management (DHS) discusses how the department is turning its OneDHS vision into reality and forging stewardship between meeting objectives and investing wisely.

Dr. Robert Childs, chancellor of the National Defense University’s iCollege, discusses how NDU’s iCollege is positioning itself as a global hub for educating, informing, and connecting information age leaders.

Stephen Goldsmith, deputy mayor for operations for the City of New York, discusses how city government is modernizing and consolidating operations for the 21st century, and what New York City is doing to shape a government that is customer-focused, innovative, and more efficient.

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Rafael Borras oversees management of the Department of Homeland Security’s $56 billion budget, appropriations, expenditure of funds, and accounting, and finance. He administers control over the Department’s $17 billion in acquisitions and procurement. He is responsible for directing human capital resources and personnel programs for the Department’s 230,000 employees. Mr. Borras administers control of the Department’s information technology enterprise architecture. Mr. Borras is responsible for oversight of the Department’s facilities, property, equipment, and other material resources. He administers programs and processes that provide security for personnel, information technology and communications systems, facilities, property, equipment, and other material resources.

Mr. Borras has 27 years of management experience in the federal government, city government, and the non-profit and private sector. He has deep experience in the areas within the portfolio of the Under Secretary for Management at the Department of Homeland Security, including finance, human capital, facilities, information technology, and procurement.

Prior to his appointment with the Department, Mr. Borras served as a Vice President with URS Corporation, a global engineering services firm. As Vice President of the Infrastructure and Environment Division, Mr. Borras managed Program Management and Construction Management profit and loss; overseeing operation business development and staffing as well as the National Federal Management and Construction Management Initiative.

Prior to joining URS, Mr. Borras served as the Regional Administrator for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the U.S. General Services Administration. As regional administrator, he managed an organization with more than 1,300 employees, providing federal customer agencies with real estate services; supply and procurement, vehicle acquisition, and leasing services; and information technology telecommunications services.

Mr. Borras served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce where he was responsible for overseeing the Department’s financial, personnel, information technology, budget, administrative services, acquisition, grants, and Equal Employment Opportunity functions. He also served as Deputy City Manager in the City of Hartford, Connecticut, where he was responsible for the departments of finance, police, fire, code enforcement, information technology, purchasing, budget, and human relations.

Mr. Borras began his public sector career as Administrative Officer for the Office of the County Manager in 1982 with Metropolitan Dade County Government in Dade County, Fla.

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Clarence H. Carter is the Director of the District of Columbia’s Department of Human Services (DHS). He was appointed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on July 5, 2007. The Director of the Department of Human Services is a cabinet-level position with responsibility for all income assistance support and related welfare-to-work employment programs. It also is inclusive of homeless services and prevention, child care services, as well as a wide spectrum of social service programs, including, adult protective services and teen pregnancy prevention.

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Alonzo R. Peña is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Prior to accepting this position, Mr. Peña served as the DHS attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, where he was the department’s senior diplomat and liaison to the government of Mexico. As the direct representative for the Secretary of Homeland Security in Mexico, Mr. Peña was a leader in fostering increased counter-narcotics and law enforcement cooperation with Mexico and other regional partners. Mr. Peña served in this position from July 2008 – May 2009.

Learn more by listening to his audio interview.

Leaders Speak Series –  Conversation on Homeland Security 

 Special guests includes:

  • Admiral Thad W. Allen, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
  • John Morton, Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Admiral Thad Allen, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, discusses the modernization efforts at Coast Guard in the Leader Speak Series

John Morton, Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), talks about the overview and mission of ICE and how it secures our nation