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Originally published Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:35 PM

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Customs and Border Protection getting a new leader

A government agency responsible for securing the border and facilitating trade and travel is getting a new acting commissioner.

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WASHINGTON —

A government agency responsible for securing the border and facilitating trade and travel is getting a new acting commissioner.

Customs and Border Protection will be led by Thomas S. Winkowski. He is set to become the acting commissioner on March 30 and will also serve as CBP's senior executive.

Winkowski has worked in the federal government for 37 years, beginning with the Customs Service in 1975. He joined CBP when it was established in 2003.

Winkowski has served as acting chief operating officer, overseeing the agency's day-to-day operations. He has been acting deputy commissioner for CBP and, from 2007 to 2011, was assistant commissioner for CBP's Office of Field Operations.

CBP's most senior career official, Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar, is retiring at the end of March.

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