Supply Chain Security: Providing Guidance and Resolving Data Problems Could Improve Management of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Program, Report to the Chairwoman, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives [open pdf - 4MB]
"The economic well-being of the United States depends on the movement of millions of cargo shipments throughout the global supply chain-the flow of goods from manufacturers to retailers or other end users. However, cargo shipments can present security concerns. CBP [Customs and Border Protection] is responsible for administering cargo security and facilitating the flow of legitimate commerce. CBP has implemented several programs as part of a risk-based approach to supply chain security. One such program, C-TPAT, [Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism] is a voluntary program in which CBP staff validate that members' supply chain security practices meet minimum security criteria. In return, members are eligible to receive benefits, such as a reduced likelihood their shipments will be examined. This report assesses the extent to which (1) CBP is meeting its security validation responsibilities, and (2) CTPAT members are receiving benefits. GAO [Government Accountability Office] reviewed information on security validations, member benefits, and other program documents. GAO also interviewed officials at CBP headquarters and three C-TPAT field offices chosen for their geographical diversity; as well as select C-TPAT members and trade industry officials. GAO is recommending that CBP develop (1) standardized guidance for field offices regarding the tracking of information on security validations, and (2) a plan with milestones and completion dates to fix the Dashboard so the C-TPAT program can produce accurate data on C-TPAT member benefits. DHS concurred with GAO's recommendations."
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