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Donations Acceptance Program - Program and Process

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Our Challenges

Record increases in passenger and cargo volumes are outpacing CBP’s appropriated funding for personnel and infrastructure, resulting in increased passenger wait times and cargo backups. To address these challenges, CBP is pursuing public-private partnerships in the form of the Reimbursable Services Program and the Donations Acceptance Program. These programs allow CBP and our stakeholders to enter into agreements to address these increased wait times and cargo backups.

The Donations Acceptance Program

CBP and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) are jointly authorized by 6 U.S.C. § 301a (Section 301a), and more generally, the Homeland Security Act of 2002, 6 U.S.C. § § 112 et seq., as amended, to accept real property, personal property, monetary and non-personal services donations from private sector and government entities. Accepted donations may be used for port of entry construction, alterations, operations and maintenance-related purposes. The Donations Acceptance Program (DAP) is the CBP program office established to explore, foster and facilitate partnerships for port of entry infrastructure and technology improvements under the Section 301a authority.

Acceptable Donations

Donations may include real property, personal property (including monetary donations), and non-personal services.  Examples of the types of donations that CBP and GSA may accept are provided in the table below. 

Donation Types and Examples
Real Property
  • New facilities
  • Existing facility improvements
  • Real estate
Personal Property
  • Furniture
  • Fixtures
  • Equipment
  • Technology
  • Monetary Donations
Non-Personal Services
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Installation and deployment of equipment and technologies
  • Design and construction services

Accepted donations may be used for activities related to the construction, alteration, operations, and maintenance of:

  • an existing CBP-owned land port of entry;
  • an existing space at a CBP air or sea port of entry; or
  • a new or existing GSA-owned land port of entry.

CBP and GSA may not accept donations at a leased port of entry, nor is CBP able to accept a donation that results in a new lease.  Additionally, CBP may not accept monetary donations for staffing purposes under the Donations Acceptance Program.  Finally, CBP may not accept donations on foreign soil. 

The Donation Process

In standing up the Donations Acceptance Program, CBP and GSA worked closely to develop the Donations Acceptance Program Framework, which outlines the process for receiving, evaluating, selecting, planning, developing and accepting donations as part of a three phase process. These phases and a high-level description of each are as follows:

  • Phase I: Proposal Evaluation & Selection – A viable donation proposal that has been evaluated and selected for further planning and development by CBP and GSA, as applicable.
  • Phase II: Proposal Planning & Development – A fully planned and developed donation proposal that is executable and fulfills CBP's operational needs at an acceptable cost, schedule and risk.
  • Phase III: Donation Acceptance Agreement – A fully executed Donation Acceptance Agreement (DAA) that formalizes acceptance of the proposed real property, personal property, monetary, or non-personal services donation, or any combination of the foregoing, by CBP or GSA, or both.
Last modified: 
November 22, 2017