U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a vital mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade. As such, it requires the right security and IT solutions, which need to be developed and launched in near real-time.

Donald Matheson, Deputy Executive Director of Engineering and Operations at CBP, was recently honored as a Fed 100 for spearheading a modernization effort that transformed the agency’s core operations by allowing security-oriented capabilities to be deployed in real time.

By being one of the first agencies to fully embrace agile techniques, the CBP was able to effectively implement its C3E cloud initiative, which is based on using new solutions that will collapse down the number of servers by moving to a virtualized environment.

As a result of this effort, the agency’s operations and maintenance costs were reduced by 55 percent. It also reduced the time needed to provision new services from several weeks to merely a few hours.

Clearly, Matheson is a GovTransformer and stay tuned for our ongoing coverage of other federal executives and their agencies that are truly transforming how they support mission goals through the most effective use of IT.