Chase Garwood is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) Program. As CTO, Chase contemplates long term innovation and envisions future paths that align and help to meet the mission. As a part of the US-VISIT executive leadership team, Chase is the external-facing technologist focused on technology trends and embracing sources of innovation and potentially disruptive technologies.
Prior to joining US-VISIT, Chase was the Chief Information Officer for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), where he was responsible for information technology policy and programs for all component operations (Office of Cyber Security and Communications (CS&C), Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP), US-VISIT Program, Office of Risk Management and Analysis (RMA), and Federal Protective Service (FPS). Chase has served previously with US-VISIT as the Assistant Director for the Information Technology Management (ITM) Division, where he provided overall management of information resources and IT operations. Additionally, Chase’s career work has included program manager for the DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), and as program manager for the ICE modernization program, ATLAS. Prior to his work with DHS, he worked at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) where he was a part of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Spectrum Auctions Program, as well as private sector consulting.
Mr. Garwood served in the United States Army with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and in the Army Reserves with the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne). He holds a Juris Doctor from Ohio Northern University, a B.S. in Management from the University of Florida and an e-Commerce Graduate Certificate from the University of Virginia. He also holds a Carnegie Mellon University Federal CIO Certification and is a recipient of the Federal Computer Week’s 2008 Federal 100 Award. He also is a DHS Certified Acquisition Professional: Program Manager (Level III). He is a member of the Virginia Bar and the ACT/IAC Partners Program and served on the Board of Directors for the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia (2005 – 2007). Chase is married and has two children.