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The United States border crossing in Lacolle, Que., south of Montreal, is shown Dec. 7, 2011.Ryan Remiorz

A senior civil servant with the Canadian International Development Agency is moving to the Privy Council Office to take the reins on Canada's border action plan.

David Moloney, currently executive vice-president at CIDA, will become a senior adviser on implementing the new border deal with the United States beginning in January.

The deal, reached this week between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama, seeks to create a common security perimeter around North America by harmonizing screening protocols for visitors and increasing intelligence sharing between the two countries.

Canada hopes the changes will result in a smoother flow of goods and people across the border, boosting trade and job opportunities for Canadians.

Mr. Harper announced the new Privy Council Office position on Thursday afternoon.

In addition to his work at CIDA, Mr. Moloney has held positions with Industry Canada, the Treasury Board Secretariat and Finance Canada. He worked in the Privy Council Office from 2000 to 2003 as an assistant secretary and liaison secretariat for macroeconomic policy.