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Samenfink heads CBP's Modernization Office
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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 Office.

"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.

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