NETLEADSâ is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) sponsored project that is technically managed and deployed by the Enforcement group of the Data Systems Division, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).  A user group comprised of Field Office and HQ representatives meets periodically and defines functional and operational requirements and procedures for NETLEADSâ

NETLEADSâ provides real-time support to ongoing Immigration & Customs Enforcement operations; professional education; and technical maintenance support to its user community.  The community is comprised of 5,880 users at 231 locations nationwide and consists of intelligence officers, special agents, immigration inspectors, and adjudications officers in regional and district offices, service centers, border patrol stations, and ports of entry.  The NETLEADSâ activity facilitates the maintenance of systems administration, applications administration, the posting of current data, and the training of users. 

Significant customization of ORION NETLEADSâ products is required to meet the dynamic investigative, intelligence, and management functional requirements of ICE and its’ new partners in Border Protection and Immigration.  Based on customer requirements, customization is required to conduct automated analysis functions in areas such as terrorism, national security issues and immigration inspections.  This is a widely deployed, supported, secure, and integrated C4I system in use by DHS agencies. 

CDS2 conducted software engineering to design, develop, program, and test a lifecycle Web-based application for the DHS ICE LeadTrac system.  CDS2 applications programmers defined user requirements and performed modifications to new and legacy maintenance modules.  Application programming involved interface design and modification to the cross-agency Intelligence Fusion System, US Customs and Border Protection’s Third Agency Check, and Mission Support Request systems, using ASP, HTML, JavaScript, VBScript, Visual Basic, and Oracle based programming.

CDS2 participated in various testing phases during the development of new or maintenance modules for the project.  The testing consisted of both unit and system demonstration in a test environment and during production. 

CDS2 was involved in providing maintenance support on an existing production portal website and was tasked to perform several requested changes and to add functionality modifying the existing applications to support new requirements.  CDS2 also trained other team members in the changes that were made to allow others to get involved with the maintenance of the site.