Cargo Container Inspections: Preliminary Observations on the Status of Efforts to Improve the Automated Targeting System, Statement for the Record by Richard M. Stana, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Statement for the Record to the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate [open pdf - 231KB]
"U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Automated Targeting System (ATS)-a computerized model that CBP officers use as a decision support tool to help them target oceangoing cargo containers for inspection- is part of CBP's layered approach to securing oceangoing cargo. GAO reported in February 2004 on challenges CBP faced in targeting oceangoing cargo containers for inspection and testified before this subcommittee in March 2004 about the findings in that report. The report and testimony outlined recommendations aimed at (1) better incorporating recognized modeling practices into CBP's targeting strategy, (2) periodically adjusting the targeting strategy to respond to findings that occur during the course of its operation, and (3) improving implementation of the targeting strategy."
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