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Thomas D. Homan is the Deputy Director and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement the principal investigative agency of the Department of Homeland Security. He became Deputy Director and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director on January 30, 2017.

In his capacity as acting Director, Mr. Homan advances ICE’s mission to promote homeland security and public safety through the criminal and civil enforcement of approximately 400 federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration.

Since 2013, Mr. Homan has served as the executive associate director of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). In this capacity, he led ICE’s efforts to identify, arrest, detain, and remove illegal aliens, including those who present a danger to national security or are a risk to public safety, as well as those who enter the United States illegally or otherwise undermine the integrity of our immigration laws and our border control efforts.

Mr. Homan is a 33-year veteran of law enforcement and has nearly 30 years of immigration enforcement experience. He has served as a police officer in New York; a U.S. Border Patrol agent; a special agent with the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service; as well as supervisory special agent and deputy assistant director for investigations at ICE. In 1999, Mr. Homan became the assistant district director for investigations (ADDI) in San Antonio, Texas, and three years later transferred to the ADDI position in Dallas, Texas.

Upon the creation of ICE, Mr. Homan was named as the assistant agent in charge in Dallas. In March 2009, Mr. Homan accepted the position of assistant director for enforcement within ERO at ICE headquarters and was subsequently promoted to deputy executive associate director of ERO.

Mr. Homan holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and received the Presidential Rank Award in 2015 for his exemplary leadership and extensive accomplishments in the area of immigration enforcement.

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Peter T. Edge is the chief operating officer for the principal investigative agency in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Mr. Edge executes oversight of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) day-to-day operations, leading approximately 20,000 employees including 7,000 criminal investigators in the Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and 6,000 officers and agents in the Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations. Mr. Edge administers operational and mission support personnel assigned to more than 400 domestic and international offices and oversees an annual budget of almost $6 billion.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Edge served as the Executive Associate Director of HSI ICE, and before that as the Special Agent in Charge of the HSI Newark, New Jersey office. HSI is the second-largest criminal investigative agency in the United States and the largest investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As head of HSI, Mr. Edge managed the global operations of more than 9,000 employees, which included more than 6,000 special agents who are assigned to 26 Special Agent in Charge offices in major cities, 185 other field offices throughout the United States, and 62 overseas locations in 46 countries. As the director, Mr. Edge had direct oversight of ICE's investigative and enforcement initiatives and operations targeting transnational criminal organizations that exploit America's legitimate travel, trade, financial and immigration systems for illicit purposes. This included the investigation of financial crimes; bulk cash smuggling; narcotics smuggling and trafficking; human smuggling and trafficking; customs commercial trade, fraud and intellectual property right crimes; cyber-crimes and the exploitation of children; immigration document and benefit fraud; human rights violators; transnational gang activity; and weapons smuggling and export enforcement. To accomplish this mission, Mr. Edge administered a budget of over $2 billion and was responsible for strategic planning, national policy implementation and the development and execution of all operational initiatives.

Mr. Edge has also served as the acting director of the Office of Congressional Relations at ICE headquarters in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he served as the acting Deputy Special Agent in Charge of the New York HSI office, where he was responsible for more than 400 ICE personnel and six Assistant Special Agents in Charge. Mr. Edge also oversaw the El Dorado Task Force and the New York High Intensity Financial Crimes Area in New York. Previously, he served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Immigration Division and acting deputy special agent in charge at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Prior to being assigned to the New York office in 2005, Mr. Edge served as a National Program Manager and Department of Defense liaison in the Strategic Investigations Division at the U.S. Customs Service headquarters. He was also assigned as a congressional fellow with the Senate Appropriations Committee and served as a congressional liaison within the U.S. Customs Service and then ICE Office of Congressional Relations.

Mr. Edge is a 31-year law enforcement veteran who began his career as an investigator in the Essex County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey. He has held numerous leadership positions on state, local, and federal law enforcement task forces and has extensive experience conducting narcotics, money laundering, commercial fraud, and corruption investigations.

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Thomas Blank is the Chief of Staff (COS) for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the principal investigative agency of the Department of Homeland Security.  

In his capacity as COS, Mr. Blank serves as a strategic advisor, providing guidance and counsel on the full range of the agency’s programs, advising the Acting Director and coordinating policy implementation with senior leadership throughout ICE to guide the agency toward reaching its homeland security and public safety objectives.

Working closely with the Acting Director, Mr. Blank initiates, develops, and maintains contact with other Departmental and federal, state, and local agency officials with an emphasis on ICE’s law enforcement partners.

Mr. Blank’s private sector and public service career spans 35 years, successfully leading change as a senior executive in three large federal agencies, serving the Department of Transportation and the State Department as well as the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Blank was a founding leader of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), helping build the agency from the ground up in response to the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Most recently, Mr. Blank provided private sector consulting services in business development primarily for the security technology industry.

A recipient of both the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 9/11 Service Medal and the TSA Honor Award, Mr. Blank is a graduate of Wake Forest University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Speech Communications.

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Derek N. Benner is currently the acting Executive Associate Director for Homeland Security Investigations within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Prior to this assignment, Mr. Benner served as the Deputy Executive Associate Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), an organization of more than 9,000 employees, which includes more than 6,000 special agents who are assigned to 26 Special Agent in Charge offices in major cities, 185 other field offices throughout the United States, and 62 overseas locations in 46 countries. HSI’s investigative and enforcement initiatives and operations target cross-border criminal organizations that exploit America's legitimate travel, trade, financial and immigration systems for their illicit purposes.

Prior to this position, Mr. Benner served as the Assistant Director of Domestic Operations with oversight of HSI’s 26 domestic field offices. Mr. Benner also served as special agent in charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in San Diego, California. In this position, he oversaw one of the largest ICE investigative offices in the nation, which includes a diverse cadre of federal agents, intelligence analysts, and professional administrative staff at HSI offices throughout San Diego and Imperial counties. He also oversaw a number of HSI-led multiagency tasks forces, which include state, local and federal law enforcement members working together to target cross-border criminal organizations that exploit the legitimate travel, commercial trade and financial systems in the California/Mexico border region.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Benner served in several key leadership positions at ICE headquarters. As the deputy assistant director of HSI’s Financial, Narcotics and Special Operations Division in Washington, D.C., he was responsible for the agencies national financial fraud and narcotics smuggling programs. He also served as chief of staff to the director of ICE HSI and provided management oversight at the national level.

Benner began his law enforcement career with the U.S. Customs Service in 1991 as a co-op student. He worked at the San Ysidro Port of Entry as a customs inspector for two years before becoming a marine enforcement officer and a special agent with the U.S. Customs Service’s Office of Investigations in San Diego. In 2002, Benner was promoted to the management ranks where he supervised agents assigned to the local maritime smuggling task force and managed the asset forfeiture, intelligence and administration programs as an assistant special agent in charge in San Diego.

Mr. Benner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from George Mason University.

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Matthew T. Albence is the Executive Associate Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Washington, D.C. As EAD, Mr. Albence leads ERO in its mission to identify, arrest, and remove aliens who present a danger to national security or are a risk to public safety, as well as those who enter the United States illegally or otherwise undermine the integrity of our immigration laws and our border control efforts. He was appointed EAD in February 2017.

Mr. Albence leads an organization of more than 7,600 employees, which includes more than 5,700 Deportation Officers assigned to 24 ERO field offices, and overseas locations in 19 countries.

Prior to his current role, since January 2013, Mr. Albence served as the Assistant Director for the ERO Enforcement Division. He was responsible for all ERO enforcement programs and initiatives, to include the Criminal Alien Program, the National Fugitive Operations Program, Field Training, the 287(g) Program, the Law Enforcement Support Center, the Pacific Enforcement Response Center, the Fugitive Operations Support Center, and the National Criminal Analysis and Targeting Center.

Mr. Albence has over 23 years of federal law enforcement experience. In 1994, he began his career in San Antonio as a Special Agent with the former U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS). In 1999, he was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent, San Antonio. Mr. Albence’s supervisory experience includes positions as Supervisory Special Agent, San Antonio; Deputy Assistant Director for Investigations, Chicago; Associate Special Agent in Charge, Chicago; Deputy Special Agent in Charge, Detroit; Unit Chief for the ICE Office of Investigations Training Academy, Glynco; TSA Deputy Special Agent in Charge of the South Central Regional Field Office and Deputy Assistant Director for the ERO Criminal Alien Division.

Mr. Albence received a B.S. in Justice and a M.S. in Administration of Justice. He is a member of the Senior Executive Service.

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Tracey Valerio is the Executive Associate Director (EAD) for Management and Administration (M&A) at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  She was selected for this position in January 2016.  

As ICE's chief management officer, Ms. Valerio is responsible for assisting ICE's Acting Director and Deputy Director in effective and efficient management of the business operations of ICE.  She leads oversight of ICE's budget, expenditures, accounting and finance, procurement, human resources and personnel, workforce recruitment, equal employment opportunity, information technology systems, facilities, policy, privacy, information governance, Freedom of Information Act, training and property and equipment needs.  In addition, her organization identifies and tracks the agency's performance measurements.

Ms. Valerio joined ICE in 2009 as the Special Advisor to the ICE Director on ICE’s engagement with Mexico, international strategy, and policy.  She held this position until 2011, when she became the Assistant Director for the ICE Office of Policy.  In April 2015, she was named the Acting EAD for Management and Administration.  

Prior to joining ICE, Ms. Valerio was the U.S. Department of Justice’s Resident Legal Advisor to Mexico and an Assistant United States Attorney in Phoenix, Arizona.  She also spent several years in the private practice of law and served as a law clerk for state and federal judges.  

Ms. Valerio holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish literature from Saint Anselm College and a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University, and is a member of the Arizona and California Bars.  Ms. Valerio is a member of the Senior Executive Service. 

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Waldemar Rodriguez is the Associate Director of the Office of Professional Responsibly (OPR), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington D. C.  In this position, Mr. Rodriguez is responsible for overseeing OPR’s efforts to identify and report on corruption and misconduct, ensure program and policy compliance, personnel and physical security, and employee suitability.  Mr. Rodriguez leads a workforce engaged in internal investigations, office and program inspections, background investigations, and employment suitability determinations to ensure agency integrity and stability.  Subordinate program and field offices have agency-wide responsibility for protecting against threats to and ensuring the security of employees, facilities, classified information, and communications systems.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Rodriguez was the Special Agent in Charge of ICE, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in El Paso, Texas.  As such, Mr. Rodriguez had direct oversight of investigations, enforcement initiatives and operations targeting cross-border criminal organizations that exploit America’s travel, trade and financial systems for illicit purposes within the HSI El Paso area of responsibility.  The area of responsibility for HSI El Paso comprised the 16 westernmost counties in Texas and the entire state of New Mexico, encompassing approximately 156,000 square miles of which 800 border the Republic of Mexico.

Mr. Rodriguez previously held various key leadership positions at ICE Headquarters in Washington, DC , including  Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) for HSI Transnational Crime and Public Safety Division, DAD for HSI Domestic Operations, Acting DAD for the HSI Workforce Management Division, and Unit Chief for the HSI Workforce Management Staffing Solutions Unit.

Mr. Rodriguez began his law enforcement career in 1991 as a police officer with the Puerto Rico Police Department. In 1997, Mr. Rodriguez entered federal service as a Special Agent with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  In 2001, he transferred to the former U.S. Customs Service as a Special Agent.

Mr. Rodriguez’ HSI field assignments include service as a Special Agent and Group Supervisor in the SAC Office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) in Laredo, Texas.

Mr. Rodriguez was promoted into the Senior Executive Service in August 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from the University of Turabo and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Puerto Rico.

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Tracy Short serves as the Principal Legal Advisor for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In this capacity, Mr. Short oversees the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, the largest legal program within the Department of Homeland Security, comprised of more than 1,100 attorneys and 300 support professionals throughout the United States.  The Office of the Principal Legal Advisor is charged with litigating administrative immigration proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and its attorneys provide a wide array of specialized legal services to ICE clients in support of ICE’s homeland security and public safety missions.

Mr. Short began his federal law enforcement career in Dallas, Texas in 2001, as a trial attorney with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). With the creation of the Department of Homeland Security in 2003, Mr. Short became an Assistant Chief Counsel in the ICE Dallas Office of Chief Counsel. In 2005, he was appointed as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas, where he managed complex civil litigation involving ICE. In 2007, Mr. Short was selected as a Senior Attorney. In that role, he was assigned to litigate significant and complex immigration cases, and he served as the lead attorney for matters involving customs law and criminal investigations. Also in 2007, he served as the Acting Deputy Chief Counsel in Dallas and was appointed as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas to prosecute criminal cases. From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Short served as the Deputy Chief Counsel in the ICE Atlanta Office of Chief Counsel.  Most recently, Mr. Short served as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. 

Prior to his service with the former INS and ICE, Mr. Short was a judicial law clerk for a U.S. district judge and for a justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. He also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Louisiana Department of Justice and as a state public defender. Mr. Short received his law degree from the Louisiana State University Law Center and his undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar and federal district bars in Louisiana and Texas.

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