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November 18, 2013 10:03 ET

Hitachi Data Systems Federal Director Recognized for Lasting Contributions to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency

Thirty-Year Federal Law Enforcement Veteran, Bob Wallis, Celebrated in Dedication Ceremony by Homeland Security Agency

RESTON, VA--(Marketwired - Nov 18, 2013) - Hitachi Data Systems Federal Corporation (HDS Federal), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Data Systems, today announced that Bob Wallis, director of public safety and intelligence technology solutions, was honored with a photo wall dedication ceremony held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), at the Dallas Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) field office. Launched in March 2003, ICE is responsible for the criminal and civil enforcement of federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration. ICE Deputy Director Daniel H. Ragsdale co-hosted the ceremony with current Dallas Special Agent in Charge Dave Marwell, both of whom recognized the contributions of Mr. Wallis, and former Dallas Special Agents in Charge Kenneth W. Cates and John Chakwin, Jr. 

As a charter member of the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Wallis was responsible for establishing the new HSI field division in Dallas, TX and served as the division's first special agent in charge. Facing significant logistical, political and operational challenges, Mr. Wallis integrated special agents from his former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) with those from the former U.S. Customs Service (USCS), making the HSI field division a respected and viable member of the North Texas law enforcement community.

"It is an honor to be recognized by ICE for my contributions in standing up the Dallas field office," said Wallis. "Looking back, the greatest challenge we faced in March 2003 was to bring these two investigative agencies together, each with a long and proud history and tradition. My role was that of a unifier to support the men and women of ICE during this transition. However, it was due to their hard work and dedication during a very difficult time, that we were able to become a single effective and credible federal law enforcement agency."

Following his retirement from federal law enforcement, Mr. Wallis joined HDS in 2006 as business development manager for Homeland Security. With the establishment of HDS Federal in April 2013, he became director of public safety and intelligence technology solutions. His 30 years of federal law enforcement expertise aids the company in meeting not only the mission critical operational requirements and applications of DHS, but of the entire federal law enforcement community.

About HDS Federal
HDS Federal is established as a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Data Systems to focus on serving the IT needs of the U.S. federal government. Federal agencies use HDS Federal's scalable solutions to reduce the complexity and increase the efficiency of U.S. government data center initiatives, cloud services, big data analytics, and more. HDS Federal Corporation is headquartered in Reston, Virginia. For more information, please visit:

About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems provides information technologies, services and solutions that help companies improve IT costs and agility, and innovate with information to make a difference in the world. Our customers gain compelling return on investment (ROI), unmatched return on assets (ROA), and demonstrable business impact. With approximately 6, 100 employees worldwide, Hitachi Data Systems does business in more than 100 countries and regions. Our products, services and solutions are trusted by the world's leading enterprises, including more than 70% of the Fortune 100 and more than 80% of the Fortune Global 100. Visit us at

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at

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