GSA Helps Welcome U.S. Customs and Border Protection to New Office
Release Date: February 2, 2015
The U.S. General Services Administration’s Northwest/Arctic Region helped welcome the U.S. Custom and Border Protection to their new office in Blaine, Washington, on January 29. GSA’s Public Buildings Service Regional Commissioner Chaun Benjamin, one of several speakers, participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly relocated joint Trusted Traveler Enrollment Center.
The expanded Enrollment Center moved from the CBP Pacific Highway port facility to an off-site location six miles south of the Peace Arch on Interstate 5 at the Birch Bay Commercial Center. Trusted Traveler Programs (e.g. Global Entry, SENTRI, NEXUS, & FAST) provide expedited clearance for pre-approved low-risk international travelers.
As the nation’s federal real estate agent, GSA helped secure the lease location on behalf of the CBP.
“Our mission at GSA is to ensure we provide a quality workplace that allows you to fulfill your agency’s mission. In partnership with the lessor and the entire project team,” said Benjamin. “I believe we have accomplished that here. In this new and larger space you will be able to serve your customers faster and more efficiently.”
Other speakers included Michele James, CBP Director Field Operations, Seattle Field Office; Christine Maathuis-Quinn, Director, Business Systems Integration-Travellers, Canada Border Services Agency; Roslyn H. MacVicar, Regional Director General, Pacific Region Consulate General of the United States in Vancouver; and Lynne Platt, United States Consul General.