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CBP Access: A Newsletter for Members of Congress and Staff

CBP Access is an electronic newsletter developed by the Office of Congressional Affairs for Members of Congress and staff.

Members of Congress and Staff: If you are interested in subscribing to the CBP Access email distribution list, please send an email to or call the Office of Congressional Affairs at (202) 344-1760.

Volume 10, Issue 1 - January 2021

Letter from the Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Strategic Plans: CBP Strategy 2021-2026, Air and Marine Operations Vision and Strategy 2030, Office of Trade Strategy 2025, 2020 U.S. Border Patrol Strategy

Volume 8, Issue 5 - August 21, 2019

Letter from the Assistant Commissioner; A Guide to CBP Canine Disciplines; Beagle Brigade at ATL Intercepts Giant African Snails; Agents Seize Meth, Arrest Six in Remote Area East of Lukeville; Border Patrol K9 Team Apprehends Four Illegal Aliens in Vermont; CBP Dulles Seizes Nearly $28k in Unreported Currency from Ghana-Bound Travelers

Volume 8, Issue 4 - July 10, 2019

Letter from the Acting Assistant Commissioner; Border Patrol Agents Revive Drowned Teen; CBP Hosts 2019 CBP Region IV All Hazards Preparedness Event in Miami; Border Patrol Agents Rescue Two Men with Special Needs; U.S. Border Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley Sector Continues to Take Measures During Current Humanitarian and Border Security Crisis; Multi-Agency Rescue Required to Save Man from Patagonia Mountain Cliff; Border Patrol Agents Reunite 1-Year-Old with Mother in Mexico

Volume 8, Issue 3 - May 14, 2019

Letter from the Acting Assistant Commissioner; CBP’s 2020-2025 Strategic Goals and Initiatives; El Paso Sector Border Patrol Encounters New Tactics as Smugglers Keep Sending in Families and Felons; Revenue Modernization Efforts Move CBP’s Collections into the Future; CBP Sees Increase in Unreported Money Seizures; CBP and FDA Collaborate to Protect Public Health and Safety; A Note on Trusted Traveler Program Application Timelines

Volume 8, Issue 2 - March 21, 2019

Letter from the Assistant Commissioner; Multi-agency Partnership Launches $1.55M Challenge for New Solutions to Detect Opioids in International Mail; Technology Thwarts Human Smuggler at Immigration Checkpoint; Homeland Security Officials Launch New Detroit Task Force to Protect National Security; CBP ROAM App Pilot Project Expands to Lake Metigoshe, North Dakota; Imposter Identified by CBP Officers at Port of San Luis

Volume 8, Issue 1 - February 15, 2019

Letter from the Assistant Commissioner; Getting to Know the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act; How CBP’s First Enforce and Protect Act Investigation Helped America’s Last Wire Hanger Manufacturer Survive; How the Automated Commercial Environment Works; Dulles CBP Seizes $129,000 in Counterfeit Consumer Goods Shipped as Air Cargo; CBP Takes Aim at Forced Labor

Volume 7, Issue 9 - December 10, 2018

Letter from the Assistant Commissioner; Fake Goods, Real Dangers: The Truth Behind Counterfeits; CBP Officers Seize Unsafe Mattress Shipment in Tacoma; CBP Prevents Smuggling of Nearly 900 Pounds of Invasive Mitten Crabs; CBP and Cisco Collaborate to Facilitate the Authentication of Cisco Shipments Entering U.S.; Cincinnati CBP Finds Liquid Heroin in Shampoo Bottles; CBP Officers Seize Wall Chargers with Counterfeit UL Markings

Volume 7, Issue 8 - November 8, 2018

Letter from the Assistant Commissioner: The Northern Border; Commissioner Outlines U.S.-Canada Trade Relations, Priorities; Fugitive Apprehended by Border Patrol After Nearly 30 Years; CBP's Statement on Canada's Legalization of Marijuana and Crossing the Border; What's the Best Trusted Traveler Program for Frequent Travel Between the United States and Canada?; Hunters Caught in Vermont Illegally Crossing Missisquoi Bay

Volume 7, Issue 7 - October 4, 2018

Letter from the Assistant Commissioner; Two Imposters in Three Weeks Caught by CBP Biometric Verification Technology at Washington Dulles Airport; CBP Will Perform a Facial Comparison Demonstration at Anzalduas International Bridge; CBP Officers Seize Counterfeit Dolls, Toys With High Lead Levels; Biographic vs. Biometric; Biometric Exit Frequently Asked Questions

Volume 7, Issue 6 - September 6, 2018

Letter from the Assistant Commissioner; Carla L. Provost Named Chief of the U.S Border Patrol; Edward E. Young Appointed as Executive Assistant Commissioner, Air and Marine Operations; CBP Seizes Over $2 Million Worth of Counterfeit Cartier Love Bracelets in Philadelphia; Two Pursuits in Two Days: U.S. Border Patrol Agents Arrest 10 People; Nogales CBP Officers Seize $1 Million in Hard Drugs; CBP and Southwest Airlines Partner to Provide Officers and Canines with Mission-Essential Training Aids

Volume 7, Issue 5 - August 1, 2018
Letter from the Assistant Commissioner; CBP: Fighting the Opioid Scourge; Philadelphia CBP Seizes Nearly $1.7 Million in Fentanyl Shipped from China; CBP Deploys New Technology to Help Identify Dangerous Drugs; Fentanyl Smuggling Attempt Foiled by Border Patrol Agents; CBP Recruitment Corner
Volume 7, Issue 4 - July 10, 2018
Letter from the Assistant Commissioner; Celebrating 10 Years of Global Entry; You Asked: Do I Need a Passport to Go on a Cruise?; CBP and Otter Products Partner to Prevent Counterfeit Protective Phone Cases from Entering U.S.; Learn More: CBP and Facial Recognition Technology; CBP Announces 20 Potential Partnerships for New and Expanded Services; CBP Recruitment Corner
Volume 7, Issue 2 - March 30, 2018
President Trump Praises Work of National Targeting Center; CBP Commissioner's Blog: Modernized Automation of Trade Processing Realized; Border Patrol Academy Marks End of an Era; Through Agreement with CBP, Swinomish Tribe Begins Issuing Enhanced Tribal Card; CBP's Air and Marine Operations Provides Eye in the Sky for Super Bowl LII; CBP Enforcement News
DHS Secretary Nielsen tours wall prototypes; CBP's Air and Marine Operations partners with U.S. Marshals Service on a coordinated take-down; CBP expands I-94 website features; Yuma Sector Border Patrol Honors Luis A. "Louie" Aguilar; CBP seizes $1M in counterfeit stainless steel sinks in Baltimore

Volume 6, Issue 4 - October 25, 2017
CBP’s Response to Hurricane Maria Continues; CBP Agriculture Specialists Find Wood-Boring Pests in Maritime Cargo; CBP to Administer First Electronic Customs Broker License Exam; CBP Enforcement News

Volume 6, Issue 3 - September 28, 2017
CBP Responds to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria; CBP Trade Enforcement: Ensuring a Level Playing Field; CBP Officers Intercept Tiger Cub at Otay Mesa Port of Entry; Coming Soon: New Trusted Traveler Website

Volume 6, Issue 2 - August 10, 2017
CBP on the Hill: Border Security Technology; Protecting the Homeland, Saving Lives; Searching for the Best: CBP Ramps Up its Hiring Efforts; New Mobile App for Prospective Agents and Officers; Career Opportunity with the Office of Congressional Affairs; CBP Enforcement News

Volume 6, Issue 1 - February 6, 2017

FY 2016 — A Year of Trade Modernization, Security, and Facilitation; CBP, ICE Seize Record Number of Shipments with IPR Violations; CBP Processed More Travelers than Ever Before in FY 2016 — and Volume is Increasing; CBP Aircraft Crew Detects Vessel Concealing $30 Million of Cocaine; CBP Announces 2017 Reimbursable Services Program Open Period

Volume 5, Issue 5 - September 21, 2016
On the Hill: CBP Testifies on Border Security and Terrorist Pathways; CBP Launches TFTEA Webpage; Continues to Implement Provisions; CBP and ICE Seize 42 Tons of Illegally Imported Honey; CBP Announces FY 2017 Donations Acceptance Program Proposal Submission Period; CBP Air and Marine Operations Unveils Next Generation Coastal Interceptor Vessel

Volume 5, Issue 4 - July 25, 2016
CBP Launches Series of Spanish Language Migrant Testimonials; CBP Laboratories and the Power of Pollen; CBP Establishes Trade Enforcement Task Force; U.S. Signs Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement with Ukraine; CBP Marks Strategic Air and Marine Plan Completion

Volume 5, Issue 3 - April 29, 2016

CBP on the Hill: Keeping Pace with Trade, Travel, and Security; CBP, ICE Report More than $1 Billion of Intellectual Property Rights Seizures; CBP Issues Withhold Release Orders on Products Produced by Forced Labor; CBP Seeks Industry Input on Body Worn, Vehicle Mounted Cameras

Volume 5, Issue 2 - March 11, 2016

Commissioner Testifies on CBP's FY 2017 Budget Request; CBP Trade Enforcement - Providing a Level Playing Field for U.S. Industry; CBP, Industry Collaborate to Protect United States Steel Manufacturers; CBP Seizes Counterfeit Hoverboards; CBP Enforcement News

Volume 5, Issue 1 - January 22, 2016

CBP on the Hill: Hearings Highlight CBP’s Complex and Critical Mission; CBP Releases FY 2015 Border Security Report; CBP Disrupts Maritime Drug Transfer; Training the Largest Law Enforcement Air Force; Global Entry Enrollment Event

Volume 4, Issue 5 - June 30, 2015

Ana Hinojosa Elected World Customs Organization Director; CBP Office of Air and Marine Black Hawks Credited with Arizona Rescues; Fighting Fraud: CBP Laboratories Featured in International Customs Magazine; Malaysian Representatives Participate in CBP's Air Cargo Interdiction Training; CBP Enforcement News

Volume 4, Issue 4 - June 10, 2015

DHS Announces Intent to Expand Preclearance to 10 New Airports; Commissioner’s Blog: Police Week 2015; CBP On the Hill: International Security Programs; CBP-Trained Canines and Handlers Support Efforts to Counter Drug Trafficking in Mexico; CBP Conducts Cash Smuggling Detection Training in Colombia; Contributes to Seizure; CBP Enforcement News

Volume 4, Issue 3 - April 24, 2015
Commissioner Marks First Year at CBP; Announces New Agency Vision and Strategy; Commissioner Testifies on CBP's FY 2016 Budget Request; CBP On the Hill: Securing the Northern Border; CBP Announces West Coast Trade Symposium; CBP Conducts Training in Peru; Contributes to Drug Seizure; International Customs Magazine Highlights CBP's Piracy Enforcement Efforts
Volume 4, Issue 2 - March 24, 2015
International Trade: Commissioner Shares CBP’s Progress and Plans; CBP Announces Open Period for Reimbursable Services Partnerships; CBP Responds to OIG Report on Unmanned Aircraft Systems; Increased Border Security Helps Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument to Reopen Area; Ana Hinojosa: The U.S. Candidate for the Post of Director, Compliance and Facilitation, for the World Customs Organization
Volume 4, Issue 1 - January 30, 2015

CBP Publishes Fiscal Year 2014 Border Security Report; Welcome to the 114th Congress; CBP Supports Security Operations at Super Bowl XLIX; CBP, Germany Launch Reciprocal Trusted Traveler Program Arrangement; .S. Border Patrol Rescues Injured Man After Northern Border ATV Accident

Volume 3, Issue 16 - December 19, 2014

Secretary Announces Southern Border and Approaches Joint Task Forces; U.S., Singapore Sign Customs Agreements; CBP Launches Border Wait Time App; Trans-Atlantic Partnership Seeks to Crush Illegal Vehicle Trade; CBP Supports Border Management Tour for Moroccan Police and Security Delegation

Volume 3, Issue 15 - December 5, 2014

CBP On the Hill: The U.S. Government Response to Ebola; U.S., Mexico Sign Mutual Recognition Arrangement; CBP Seizes Nearly $2 Million in Counterfeit Handbags; CBP P-3 Leads to Joint Interdiction of $9 Million in Cocaine; CBP Enforcement News

Volume 3, Issue 14 - October 31, 2014

CBP Responds to the Ebola Outbreak; CBP’s Counter-Scout Operation Targets Human and Drug Smugglers; CBP Hosts Security Training for Ghana Officials; CBP Rescues Undocumented Immigrants from Dangerous Smuggling Attempt; Fighting Film Thieves: How CBP Helps Prevent Motion Picture and Television Piracy

Volume 3, Issue 13 - October 10, 2014

CBP and GSA Launch Program to Support Port of Entry Infrastructure; Aerostats: Disrupting Drug and Human Smuggling from 10,000 Feet; Patrolling the Rio Grande; CBP, CBSA Trusted Traveler Enrollment Event; CBP Enforcement News

Volume 3, Issue 12 - September 30, 2014

DHS Delegates Criminal Misconduct Investigative Authority to CBP; CBP on the Hill: The Threat of Foreign Fighters Using Western Passports; CBP Receives Final P-3 Outer Wing; CBP Seizes Fake Tablets Worth $1.1 Million; CBP Enforcement News

Volume 3, Issue 11 - September 5, 2014
CBP Launches New Mobile Passport Control App; CBP Cargo Targeting Leads to Counterfeit Merchandise in Rail Container; CBP Announces Additional Partnerships to Promote Trade and Travel; CBP Abu Dhabi Preclearance Agriculture Specialists Intercept Khapra Beetle; CBP Enforcement News

Volume 3, Issue 10 - August 8, 2014
CBP Addresses the Rise in Unaccompanied Children at the Southwest Border; U.S. Customs Service Celebrates 225th Anniversary; CBP Announces Additional Partnerships to Promote Trade and Travel; CBP Debuts New Multi-Media Frontline Magazine; CBP Enforcement News

Volume 3, Issue 9 - June 27, 2014
CBP Releases Use of Force Policy Handbook and Police Executive Research Forum Report; Pay Reform and Port Security: CBP Testifies at Two Senate Hearings; CBP Intercepts Over $1 Million in Counterfeit Guitars; CBP International Training Program in Panama Conducts First Search and Rescue Academy; CBP Enforcement News

Volume 3, Issue 8 - May 22, 2014
Commissioner Kerlikowske Meets with Community Stakeholders; CBP Conducts International Border Interdiction Training in Budapest; U.S. and Uruguay Sign Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement; U.S. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card Program; CBP Enforcement News

Volume 3, Issue 7 - May 1, 2014
CBP Commissioner Meets with Trade and Security Officials in Mexico; Border Patrol Agents Assist HSI in Houston Stash House Investigation; CBP, HSI Release FY 2013 IPR Numbers; Jordan to Participate in Container Security Initiative; Arrival/Departure History Now Available on I-94 Website

Volume 3, Issue 6 - April 11, 2014
On the Hill: Recent Hearings Highlight CBP's FY 2015 Budget Request, Authorization, Southwest Border Technology, and Passport Security; CBP Expands Public Private Partnerships, Plans Locations for 2,000 New Officers; CBP Enforcement News

Volume 3, Issue 5 - March 12, 2014
R. Gil Kerlikowske Sworn in as CBP Commissioner; DHS Announces Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request; DHS Finalizes Prison Rape Elimination Act Standards; CBP Training and Collaboration Results in $58 Million Honduras Cocaine Seizure

Volume 3, Issue 4 - February 28, 2014
Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses; CBP Begins Redeployment of the Tethered Aerostat Radar System in Puerto Rico; Protecting the United States from Foreign Animal Diseases; Blue Lightning Initiative: Partnering with Airlines to Combat Human Trafficking

Volume 3, Issue 3 - February 11, 2014
Implementing the ACE Single Window; Inside CBP’s National Targeting Center; CBP On the Hill: Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime; TECS Modernization

Volume 3, Issue 2 - January 24, 2014
CBP Releases Fiscal Year 2013 Statistics; Automated Passport Control Arrives at Sea-Tac; Illicit Cross-Border Tunnel Discovered in Nogales, AZ; VIDEO: A Look Inside a CBP’s Front Royal Canine Training Center

Volume 3, Issue 1 - January 6, 2014
CBP Raises the Stakes in South Texas; Phase I of Cargo Pre-inspection Pilot Concludes; CBP Receives Light Enforcement Helicopters; CBP Intercepts $10M Shipment of Counterfeit Headphones; Event: 2014 East Coast Trade Symposium; Event: One DHS Day on the Hill

Volume 2, Issue 21 - December 20, 2013
U.S., Morocco Sign Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement; CBP Signs Partnership Agreements for Expanded Services; On the Hill: Credible Fear and Asylum; CBP and DHS Meet with Tohono O’odham Nation Leaders; CBP to Expand Filing of Joint Customs Declarations; Registration Open: 2014 East Coast Trade Symposium

Volume 2, Issue 20 - December 6, 2013
On the Hill: CBP Testifies Before Three House Committees; Border Crossing Cards and B1/B2 Visas; What Does a Secure Maritime Border Look Like?; Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime at DHS; Lethal Highs: CBP Labs Protect America from Designer Drugs

Volume 2, Issue 19 - November 15, 2013
CBP Assumes Operational Control of Tethered Aerostat Radar Systems (TARS); CBP Agriculture Specialists Intercept Asian Citrus Psyllids; Texas Hold ’Em Initiative Sees Continued Success; Travel Smart this Holiday Season; Rescheduled: 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium

Volume 2, Issue 18 - October 25, 2013
CBP On the Hill: Implementing Biometric Exit; CBP Interdicts $210 Million MSRP in Counterfeit Handbags; CBP Thwarts Ultra-Light Smugglers with Technology and Coordination; CBP Donates Intercepted Corals to the National Aquarium in Baltimore; Postponed: 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium

Volume 2, Issue 17 - September 27, 2013
CBP East Coast Trade Symposium; CBP Dedicates Detroit Vessel in Honor of Brian A. Terry; CBP, Aeroports de Montreal Introduce Automated Passport Control Kiosks; Extended: CBP Officer Job Opportunity Announcement

Volume 2, Issue 16 - September 6, 2013
CBP, Consumer Product Safety Commission Collaborate on Import Seizure; CBP Air and Marine Operations Center Celebrates 25 Years; Downtown DC Global Entry Enrollment Center Processes 10,000th Applicant; Border Patrol Breaks Ground on New Station in Detroit

Volume 2, Issue 15 - August 23, 2013
Trade Advisory Committee Focuses on ACE, ACAS and the Export Process; CBP, German Customs Collaborate on Pharmaceutical Seizure; CBP, Chicago Department of Aviation Launch Self-Service Kiosks at O’Hare Airport; Global Entry Eligibility Expanded to Germany, Qatar, Republic of Korea, and United Kingdom

Volume 2, Issue 14 - August 9, 2013
U.S., China Partner for Joint Intellectual Property Enforcement Operation; CBP Embarks on New Public-Private Partnerships; Fighting Fraud: CBP Laboratories and Scientific Services; CBP P-3 Aircraft Receive Midlife Upgrade; CBP Officer Job Opportunity Announcement

Volume 2, Issue 13 - July 26, 2013
CBP, Federal Maritime Commission Agree to Share ACE Data; CBP on the Hill: The Abu Dhabi Preclearance Facility; Protecting our Northern Border: Enhancing Collaboration and Building Local Partnerships; New Public Service Announcement Promotes Awareness of Human Trafficking; Coming Soon: CBP Officer Job Opportunity Announcement

Volume 2, Issue 12 - July 12, 2013
Acting Commissioner Provides Progress Report on CBP Trade Initiatives; Border Patrol Rescues Migrants with Life-Threatening Heat Injuries; United States and Canada Release Progress Report on Facilitating Cross-Border Business; Border Security Oversight: Identifying and Responding to Current Threats

Volume 2, Issue 11 - June 28, 2013
Beyond the Border Pre-Inspection and Infrastructure Initiatives; CBP On the Hill: Federal Government-Issued Biometric IDs; Blue Lightning: CBP and DOT Partner with the Aviation Industry to Fight Human Smuggling; Automated Passport Control: Improving Travel Efficiency

Volume 2, Issue 10 - June 14, 2013
CBP Hosts Trade Advisory Committee; CBP to Open the Final Three Centers of Excellence and Expertise; Global Entry On-Site Enrollment Opportunity: Exclusively for Congress; IPR Center Open House; CBP Disrupts $500 Million in Cocaine Smuggling Attempts

Volume 2, Issue 9 - May 31, 2013
United States and Canada Release Phase I Entry/Exit Project Report; CBP On the Hill: Visa Security and Overstays; CBP Seizes Banned African Elephant Ivory Jewelry; VIDEO: A Decade of Progressive Excellence in Border Security

Volume 2, Issue 8 - May 17, 2013
CBP Announces Reimbursable Services Program; CBP On the Hill: Border Security Provisions in S.744; CBP Begins Rollout of Automated Form I-94; the Spring Issue of Frontline

Volume 2, Issue 7 - May 3, 2013
Secretary Napolitano Announces Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request; CBP Releases Resource Optimization Report; CBP Announces Expansion of its Test for Centers of Excellence and Expertise; One DHS Day on the Hill; A Decade of Progressive Excellence in Travel

Volume 2, Issue 6 - March 22, 2013
CBP Advisory Council Kicks Off New Term; CBP On the Hill: Measuring Outcomes to Understand the State of Border Security; CBP Enforcement News; CBP 10 Years Later; A Day in the Life of Homeland Security

Volume 2, Issue 5 - March 8, 2013
CBP On the Hill: What Does a Secure Border Look Like?; DHS On the Hill: Sequestration and Commonsense Immigration Reform; CBP Enforcement News; CBP Expands Global Entry, Adds Enrollment Centers; CBP Processes Cruise Ship Passengers at Sea

Volume 2, Issue 4 - February 15, 2013
CBP’s FY 2012 Fiscal Year in Review; 2012 Trade Transformation Accomplishments; CBP Seizes Counterfeit NFL Super Bowl Jerseys; P-3 Aircraft Operations Intercept Cocaine Smugglers; CBP Officers Apprehend Meth Smuggler; U.S., EU Fully Implement Mutual Recognition Decision

Volume 2, Issue 3 - February 1, 2013
FY 2012 Intellectual Property Rights Seizure Statistics; U.S., Mexico Sign Trusted Trader Joint Work Plan; CBP Enforcement News; New Recovery Act-Funded Land Port of Entry; Winter 2013 Issue of Frontline Magazine

Volume 2, Issue 2 - January 18, 2013
2013 C-TPAT Conference; U.S. Harmonizes Value Thresholds with Canada; CBP 101 Event; CBP Enforcement News; New Land Port of Entry; National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Volume 2, Issue 1 - January 4, 2013
Canada, U.S. Release Beyond the Border Progress Report; Mexico, U.S. Combat Counterfeit Goods; CBP Enforcement News; 2013 C-TPAT Conference; VIDEO: CBP Frontline News — East Coast Trade Symposium; VIDEO: CBP Frontline News — Border Wars Premier

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February 17, 2021