Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that from Oct. 3 through Nov. 11 it will accept proposals for donations of real property, personal property (including monetary donations), and non-personal services exceeding $3 million 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 individual merit and 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 and enables it to provide new or expanded services at domestic POEs. CBP has said that it faces a growing demand for facilities and renovations at aging POEs and that accepting donations provides an alternate method of financing modernization and construction projects. DAP proposals valued at $3 million or less may be submitted at any time.

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