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Mark S. Borkowski

Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Acquisition, Chief Acquisition Officer and Component Acquisition Executive

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Mark S. Borkowski has led U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s
(CBP’s) Office of Acquisition since its creation within CBP in June 2016. His office provides oversight for all CBP acquisition and procurement actions and consists for three directorates: Acquisition Governance and Oversight, Acquisition Support and the Procurement Directorate. In addition, Borkowski serves as CBP’s component acquisition executive, responsible for ensuring that the agency’s acquisition practices are cost effective, support mission requirements and are integrated across CBP as appropriate. He also serves as CBP’s chief acquisition officer, providing advice and analysis to CBP leadership. Borkowski has held senior leadership positions in CBP since joining in 2006. He was the assistant commissioner of the Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition, responsible for ensuring that CBP’s technology efforts were properly coordinated and focused on meeting CBP’s complex border mission; executive director and program manager for SBInet; executive director for mission support in US Border Patrol; and director for acquisition in the Office of Air and Marine.

Immediately before joining CBP, Borkowski was program executive for the Robotic Lunar Exploration Program in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA. In that role, he oversaw the development and operation of robotic missions to the moon as precursors to eventual human missions. He previously served as assistant deputy associate administrator for development programs in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Borkowski assisted in overseeing the technology, development and acquisition programs to implement the president’s vision for space exploration.

Col. Borkowski served more than 23 years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2004. His last assignment in the Air Force was as system program director for the Space Based Infrared Systems Program Office. In that capacity, he oversaw satellite programs worth more than $40 billion.

Borkowski is a native of Rochester, New York. He is married to the former Stephani Miller of Lancaster, California. The Borkowskis have three daughters.


“Smart Border” and “Port of the Future” and Their Impact on the Security Industry

Wednesday, June 9th

The Biden administration has outlined its plan to shift DHS border security priorities from physical barriers to cohesively integrating security technologies across land ports of entry to enhance situational awareness. For “smart border” and “port of the future” initiatives to become a reality, cargo screening technologies and biometrics will play an instrumental part in facilitating inbound and outbound cargo and individual travelers at land ports.