WASHINGTON— U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced today the open period for accepting donations proposals through the Section 559 Donation Acceptance Program (DAP). Proposals may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org until 5 p.m. EST on Dec. 23.
Pursuant to Section 559 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, CBP and GSA are authorized to accept donations of real property, personal property (including monetary donations) and non-personal services from private sector and government entities. Accepted donations may be used for activities related to the construction, alteration, operations, and maintenance of CBP or GSA-owned ports of entry. CBP has posted the DAP proposal submission procedures and question/inquiry process on CBP.gov.
CBP will evaluate proposals from private corporations, public entities, municipalities, port authorities, consortiums, and any other private sector or government entity. Donation proposals will be evaluated based on their individual merit and ability to satisfy the evaluation criteria provided in the Section 559 Donation Acceptance Authority Proposal Evaluation Procedures & Criteria Framework. CBP and GSA will only consider submissions that envision federal ownership of the proposed donation.
CBP and GSA will be providing multiple opportunities to learn more about the DAP and proposal submission process, including addressing program-related inquiries received and hosting a live Q&A webinar on Nov. 5.
Public-private partnerships are a key component of CBP’s Resource Optimization Strategy, and allow CBP to provide new or expanded services at domestic ports of entry. Last year, CBP entered into Section 560 Reimbursable Services Agreements with the City of El Paso, Texas, The City of Houston Airport System, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Miami-Dade County, and South Texas Assets Consortium. These locations have already benefitted from wait time reductions, despite rising traffic volumes, and the targeting of CBP services to address the specific needs of our partners.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.