Matthew Graviss


Chief Data Officer


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services


On July 23, 2018, Matthew Graviss joined the USCIS Senior Executive Service as the chief data officer within the Office of Performance and Quality, Management Directorate. 

In November 2016, Dr. Graviss began serving as the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) director of security threat assessment operations, which annually adjudicates more than 800,000 applications for TSA’s 30+ credential and benefit programs. He also led agency-wide initiatives to refocus and realign risk analysis 

capabilities in TSA, and developed and coordinated the TSA Biometrics Strategy for aviation security and the passenger experience. 

In 2007, Dr. Graviss joined the federal government at DHS’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, where he tested and evaluated systems developed to detect and identify illicit radiological and nuclear materials. From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Graviss served as a portfolio manager, leading DHS’s efforts to develop and deploy human portable 

radiation detection systems for use by frontline officers and agents of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), TSA, and U.S. Coast Guard. 

In 2011, Dr. Graviss accepted a position with the CBP Office of Acquisition to lead CBP’s testing and evaluation (T&E) of land border surveillance technology and to provide data analysis services for CBP acquisition programs. In 2012, Dr. Graviss became the director of the Systems Analysis and Evaluation Division, which translates CBP officer and agent needs into technical requirements and evaluates border surveillance technologies offered by 

industry to advance DHS’s border security mission. 

Dr. Graviss graduated from Auburn University, and holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in systems engineering from the George Washington University. He is a DHS Level 3 certified acquisition professional in program management, systems engineering, and T&E, and is a graduate of 

the DHS Senior Executive Service’s Candidate Development Program. 

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