Starting on July 1, 2013, WBB is contracted to provide program, project management, human resources, resource logistics requirements, and financial and acquisition management support to CBP WSPO. The WSPO’s Joint Wireless Program Management Office (JWPMO) is the Department of Homeland Security’s central point of collaboration and governance for the tactical wireless communications functional domain. As an acquisition entity, the JWPMO supports the unified strategy for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of tactical communications and investments commissioned by the One DHS Emergency Communications Committee. The office will also plan, develop, and implement DHS enterprise-level next generation tactical wireless communications and architecture that delivers voice, data, video, and mobile broadband capabilities to mission critical users.
The CBP Wireless Systems Program Office (WSPO) was established in April 2010 to strengthen Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) expertise and effectiveness in acquiring wireless solutions. The WSPO’s responsibilities span the entire scope and lifecycle (except for operations and maintenance) for tactical communications and related wireless efforts. The WSPO employs a project-centric matrix organization to efficiently handle performance complexities associated with multiple programs and projects in different lifecycle phases. The TACCOM Modernization Branch Director and Wireless Technology Project Branch Director are responsible for WSPO’s programs and projects. The WSPO’s TACCOM Modernization Program is responsible for upgrading the Land Mobile Radio (LMR) radio infrastructure and subscriber equipment used by more than 44,000 CBP law enforcement agents and officers in the course of their duties. Existing systems contribute to some agent capabilities gaps (e.g., equipment decades past its expected lifecycle, critical communications coverage, insufficient systems capacity to accommodate the current CBP Agents and Officers, unsecured communications, noncompliance with federal narrow banding mandates) that may affect the safety and operational efficiency of CBP officers and agents performing their day-to-day missions. WSPO is working to modernize existing LMR systems with digital technology that complies with Project 25 (P25) standards, expands systems coverage to support operations in critical areas, adds capacity to support higher numbers of agents, provides Advanced Encryption System (AES) encryption to protect sensitive communications and supports communications interoperability efforts with other federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies.