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When U.S. Customs and Immigration Services refugee officers conduct interviews for the International and Refugee Affairs Division (IRAD), they are too often in locations with poor or nonexistent internet access. Given that IRAD officers are more reliant than ever on maintaining internet access, and about a quarter of their cases are in areas with inadequate access, the disruption is a problem Jacob Abernathy decided to try to solve as part of his CHDS Emergence change initiative.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection border patrol agent Vanessa Jazo realized for years that critical intelligence and other information was not getting from upper management to the rank-and-file border agents who needed it to help inform their work, and there was a lack of communication in general between agents.

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Having experienced the “insider threat” of misusing airport employee identification to compromise security for years, Transportation Security Administration manager Nadira Foo finally saw an opportunity to do something about the issue.

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Riverside County Sheriff’s investigator Jeff Hammond had been flying drones for years before he joined the CHDS Emergence program in 2020 and knew there was a need for a “properly coordinated” program that would set standards and best practices, even as the use of drones in public safety and law enforcement became more common.

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