The ICE Office of Congressional Relations (OCR) handles outreach to Congress, with a strong focus on promoting greater understanding of ICE operations, policies, programs and initiatives among members of Congress, Congressional committees and their staffs.
All Congressional liaison efforts spearheaded by OCR are conducted in close partnership with the ICE director's office, executive staff, division directors, field office leadership and the Department of Homeland Security.
OCR is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
OCR represents ICE to Congress through a broad variety of federal congressional liaison activities. It helps ICE leadership respond and provide information to congressional decision makers about the agency's mission and operations.
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Jason Yanussi is the assistant director for the Office of Congressional Relations (OCR), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Washington, D.C.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Yanussi served as a senior professional staff member for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. As a staff member with the Committee from 1999 to 2015, Mr. Yanussi was responsible for legislation and oversight of a variety of homeland security, intelligence, counter-terrorism, technology and criminal justice issues. His work included assisting with the Committee's investigations of the response to Hurricane Katrina and the collapse of Enron, and helping craft the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, the SAFE Port Act of 2006 and the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007.
Mr. Yanussi is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He lives with his wife and son in Cheverly, Maryland.