Washington - U.S. Customs and Border Protection received the Excellence.gov Award for the implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. The announcement was made during an awards ceremony on April 29.
The Excellence.Gov Awards Program was established by the American Council for Technology and the Industry Advisory Council to recognize the federal government's best Information Technology projects.
The theme for this year's awards was "Game Changers: Significant Improvements in Mission Delivery." CBP's WHTI was selected as one of the top five Excellence.Gov Award Winners for 2010 from among 20 finalists who were judged by a panel of government executives on four key criteria: efficiency in mission delivery, multiple stakeholder collaboration, leveraging technology and innovation and enhancing the customer experience.
WHTI is the joint Department of State-Department of Homeland Security plan that implemented a key 9/11 Commission recommendation to establish document requirements for travelers entering the United States who were previously exempt, including citizens of the U.S., Canada and Bermuda.
For more information, please visit the WHTI website. (GetYouHome.gov)
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.