WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced today the open period for accepting donations proposals exceeding $3 million through the Section 559 Donation Acceptance Program (DAP) begins Oct. 3 and lasts until 5 p.m. EST on Nov. 11. Proposals expected to cost $3 million or less may be submitted year-round. All proposals regardless of cost should be submitted via email to email@example.com.
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.
Prospective partners are welcome to share their conceptual ideas with CBP in advance of preparing a formal submission for feedback regarding proposal viability and for other general proposal and process-related assistance. CBP will host a live webinar on October 11 to provide an overview of its donation acceptance process and answer questions related to the program.
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.