Container Security Initiative and the Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism: Securing the Global Supply Chain or Trojan Horse? Hearing Before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, May 26, 2005   [open pdf - 10MB]

From the opening statement of Norm Coleman: "Today's hearing will focus on the Federal Government's efforts to secure maritime commerce and the global supply chain. In early 2002, U.S. Customs and Border Protection launched both the Container Security Initiative (CSI), and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), to address the threat of terrorism and the security of the global supply chain. These programs were, and still are, the right concepts for security in our new threat environment. Under the leadership of Commissioner Bonner, CBP aggressively implemented these programs, rather than endlessly debate the details here in Washington. That accomplishment alone is worth applauding. However, these programs have been in existence for over 3 years and it is time to start asking some tough questions and identifying how we can improve upon these promising concepts. While I believe these programs are indeed the right concepts, our oversight investigation into these programs has revealed significant shortcomings that we will address here today. In concert with our efforts, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), conducted two extensive audits of these programs. These reports reveal some significant problems and outline the substantial work that is required to transition these promising initiatives into effective and sustainable programs." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Norm Coleman, Carl Levin, Susan M. Collins, Daniel K. Akaka, Frank Lautenberg, Thomas R. Carper, Robert C. Bonner, Richard M. Stana, Stephen E. Flynn, and C. Stewart Verdery, Jr.

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S. Hrg. 109-186; Senate Hearing 109-186
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