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US CBP suspends GTX Program

A senior U.S. Customs and Border Protection official said this week that CBP has suspended its plans to develop a global trade exchange system that would have expanded the amount of trade data collected by the agency. In his prepared testimony for an April 3 hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, Deputy Commissioner Jay Ahern also recommended that 100 percent scanning of U.S.-bound maritime cargo containers be limited to high-risk trade lanes. Ahern discussed the progress CBP has made in implementing its various supply chain security programs, but he pointed out that these efforts are focused on the ocean environment and that there are other areas that need to be addressed as well. Ahern told the committee that after considering comments from the trade community CBP has concluded that “further consideration of the GTX concept is premature at this time and may not be a prudent use of limited resources.” CBP is still finalizing its so-called 10+2 security

Seriously Flawed Decision-Making

I found this article written by James Giermanski under , where you can find the full article. Here an extract: ************ Recently I met with a small group of former FBI agents at a monthly breakfast. The conversations, usually connected to past Bureau activities, moved to the discussion and criticism of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The flavor of comments follow: they’re out of touch with industry in the container security area; they’re in the pocket of big business; they lack vision; they’re arrogant; and they don’t have leadership; they lack talent; and more. However, while some old crusty ex-agents said it was “all of the above,” the consensus, if there was one, was that the fundamental problem within the Department was weak and sometimes flawed leadership. While I would expect those comments about DHS from a competitive agency, thinking about the breakfast discussion lat