U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today announced the appointment of 26-year
CBP veteran Louis Samenfink as executive director of the agency's Modernization
"Louis Samenfink's background in automated systems, international trade,
and cargo operations is critical as Customs and Border Protection begins the transition
from the current trade processing system to the Automated Commercial Environment
(ACE)," said Acting Assistant Commissioner Rod MacDonald, Office of Information
and Technology. "He has the expertise necessary to ensure the seamless integration
and coordination of CBP modernization with field operations."
As the executive director of the Modernization Office, Samenfink is responsible
for implementing CBP’s Modernization Program, a 15-year, multi-billion dollar
initiative to modernize and integrate the agency's IT infrastructure. Ultimately,
CBP will modernize all automated systems that support the core business processes
of the agency, including trade, enforcement, and administration.
Samenfink will continue to shape the cutting-edge technology in the Automated
Commercial Environment (ACE), the new CBP technology system for imports, and the
agency's first major modernization project. ACE will increase CBP technology capabilities,
streamline processes, and generate billions of dollars in government and trade
benefits. It is estimated that for every dollar invested, ACE will return $2.69
in benefits to CBP, or $8.3 billion over the expected ACE lifecycle. For the trade
community, ACE will return $5.59 for every dollar invested, or a total of $17.2
billion, bringing the combined total to $25.5 billion.
Samenfink has served CBP most recently as the Deputy Director of the Office of
Trade Compliance and Facilitation within the Office of Field Operations. In 1987,
he was assigned to work on the Automated Commercial System (ACS), CBP's current
trade processing system.