INSIGHT SESSION:  Diane Sahakian, Deputy Assistant Secretary, CBP

INSIGHT SESSION: Diane Sahakian, Deputy Assistant Secretary, CBP

Diane Sahakian
Deputy Assistant Commissioner
Office of Acquisition
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

January 31, 2017 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Ms. Sahakian will join us to discuss CBP’s spend in 2017, priorities, challenges, and new initiatives on her agenda.

ABOUT Diane Sahakian

Ms. Sahakian was promoted to Deputy Assistant Commissioner in the Office of Acquisition at CBP. Prior to that she oversaw an average annual spend of $2.7 Billion of operational contracting activities for CBP and worked closely with the Executive Director in managing the non-operational side of the house. Major CBP missions supported are for the Border Patrol, the Air and Marine Office, the Field Operations Office, and the Information Technology Office. Prior to this appointment, Mrs. Sahakian served as the CBP Chief of the Contracting Office, managing the annual CBP procurement spend which at the time was approximately $3.5 Billion. She was a contract administrator in private industry for four years prior to joining the former U.S. Customs Service in 1985. During her tenure at the legacy U.S. Customs Service and CBP, she served as the lead contract officer and manager in support of the Office of Air and Marine, the contract manager for the Seized Property program, and the Division Director for Border Patrol Contracting. She has a BA in Economics from Tufts University and Masters Certificates in both Project Management and Commercial Contracting from George Washington University. Mrs. Sahakian is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for Democratic Society program and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Managers in Government program.