Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that from Oct. 19 through Dec. 18 it will accept proposals for donations of real property, personal property (including monetary donations) and non-personal services from private sector and government entities for use in activities related to the construction, alteration, operation and maintenance of new or existing ports of entry owned by CBP or the General Services Administration. Donation proposals will be evaluated based on their ability to satisfy the specified evaluation criteria (e.g., operational impact, economic and community benefits, technical feasibility).

CBP states that the Donations Acceptance Program is a key component of its Resource Optimization Strategy, which enables the agency to provide new or expanded services at U.S. ports of entry. CBP has said that it faces a growing demand for facilities and renovations at aging ports of entry and that accepting donations provides an alternate method of financing modernization and construction projects. In July CBP announced that proposals submitted last year by the cities of Donna, El Paso and Pharr, Texas, had been selected for further planning and development.

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