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.