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Daniel Piscopo

Assistant Division Director for Customs and Border Protection at CTTP – US Customs and Border Protection, Dep. of Homeland Security

Speaks at ID WORLD on Transportation Security

Mr. Piscopo graduated from Hofstra University in 1975 and subsequently became a United States Customs Inspector at John F. Kennedy International Airport. In 1995, Mr. Piscopo moved to Washington, DC and developed a national program that randomly sampled international cargo shipments to measure importer compliance and gauge revenue collections. In addition, Mr. Piscopo developed a national program to randomly select international carriers to measure manifest compliance. Currently, the Assistant Division Director for CBP’s Consolidated Trusted Traveler Program CTTP) Office, Mr. Piscopo manages programs that have grown over 300% since 1995. Current membership numbers 820,000 members.

CTTP are voluntary programs that expedite cross border travel for pre-vetted low risk travelers. The newest trusted traveler program, Global Entry, expedites clearance for returning pre-vetted US citizens and resident aliens at designated airports. In April 2009, the United States and Netherlands started a bilateral program called Fast Low Risk Universal Crossing (FLUX) that simplifies and expedites border crossings by establishing an automated border passage program for registered travelers. Mr. Piscopo participates in discussions with other countries to enter similar arrangements.

Mr. Piscopo is happily married and has 3 children, a registered nurse, a secondary school teacher, and an aspiring certified public accountant.

“United States customs and border protection’s trusted traveler programs”

Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) Consolidated Trusted Traveler Program CTTP) are voluntary programs that expedite cross border travel for pre-vetted low risk travelers. The initial voluntary programs operated at the United State’s land borders. Combined membership for the land border programs is over 700,000. Global Entry (GE), started in April 2009, allows expedited clearance of pre-approved low-risk air travelers into the United States. There are over 82,000 GE members. Applicants provide biographic data online through CBP’s Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) and pay a $100 enrollment fee that is valid for the duration of the pilot up to 5 years. They must pass a security threat assessment that includes biographic- and fingerprint-based database checks and an interview with a CBP officer. Automated kiosks are in the Federal Inspection Services (FIS) area of each of the top 20 US airports. Through fingerprint biometrics and passport or LPR card data, the Global Entry kiosk:
• Validates membership eligibility;
• Performs real time law enforcement database queries; and
• Allows the traveler to complete CBP Declarations questions via touch screen.

CBP is developing an iris scan biometric to use as an alternative, if not replacement, to fingerprints as the biometric identifier. Membership is currently limited to U.S. citizens, U.S. Nationals, and U.S. lawful permanent residents (LPRs), as well as to citizens of the Netherlands via a joint arrangement known as “FLUX.” On April 23, 2009 CBP launched the International Expedited Travel arrangement with the government of the Netherlands, forming an arrangement called FLUX. In practice, this is a reciprocal arrangement where trusted travelers from each participating country may apply to the other participating country’s trusted traveler program and receive expedited clearance.

Currently, U.S. Citizens approved for Global Entry may apply for Privium, the government of the Netherlands’ trusted traveler program. Reciprocally, citizens of the Netherlands approved for Privium may apply for and participate in Global Entry. FLUX was envisioned to serve as a basis for other countries to enter into similar arrangements. CBP and the United Kingdom have signed a Joint Statement to set out a framework to link both countries’ trusted traveler programs. Discussions at various levels have also occurred with Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the European Union. On April 14, 2010 CBP and the German government signed a Joint Statement to set out a framework to link both countries’ trusted traveler programs.

Speaking on November 18

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