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Donations Acceptance Program - Announcements

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September 29, 2017

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced this week that a new proposal from the city of Douglas, Arizona has been selected as part of the Donations Acceptance Program (DAP). The city of Douglas proposed a donation of a parking lot and adjacent parcel of undeveloped land directly north of the Raul H. Castro Port of Entry to better enable CBP to implement parking lot security measures, reduce port congestion and provide added commercial vehicle staging in support of Unified Cargo Processing efforts. The DAP enables CBP and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to explore, foster and facilitate partnerships for port of entry infrastructure and technology improvements.

"We are excited to partner with the city of Douglas in exploring small-scale, high-impact enhancements at the Raul H. Castro Port of Entry," said Todd C. Owen, Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations. "The city's proposal will significantly improve CBP's ability to enhance port security, reduce congestion and increase commercial throughput."

Pursuant to 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, CBP and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) are jointly authorized by 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.

Have questions regarding this process or the Donations Acceptance Program in general?

Please click on the link below to submit your questions directly to our email inbox.

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June 25, 2017

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Donations Acceptance Program (DAP) is pleased to announce the publishing of our revised program framework outlining our updated procedures and criteria for evaluating, approving and accepting viable donation proposals. This framework incorporates the legislative requirements introduced by our new Section 301a authorities as well as reflects the policy and procedural improvements we've made over the years to render the program more flexible, streamlined and responsive.

Please note that all proposals regardless of dollar value, size, scope or complexity may now be submitted year-round to DAP@cbp.dhs.gov for consideration. As always, we welcome and encourage our prospective partners to connect with us in advance of preparing a formal proposal so that we may provide front-end feedback and guidance regarding proposal viability and the donation acceptance process.

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.

April 18, 2017

The Donations Acceptance Program is pleased to announce that four new proposals from the Anzalduas Bridge Board; Cameron County, Texas; the City of Donna, Texas; and the City of Laredo, Texas have been approved for further planning and development. On behalf of CBP and GSA, we congratulate you on your innovative, forward thinking proposals and are excited to work with each of you moving ahead.

The Donations Acceptance Program is also pleased to announce that beginning today, all new proposals, regardless of dollar value, may be submitted to DAP@cbp.dhs.gov on a year-round basis. By expanding its proposal submission window, the Donations Acceptance Program aims to better accommodate and expedite viable proposals that previously could only be submitted once a year.

Proposals will be evaluated based on their individual merit and ability to satisfy the evaluation criteria posted on CBP.gov/DAP. Prospective partners and interested parties may submit questions regarding the Donations Acceptance Program via email at DAP@cbp.dhs.gov

December 12, 2016

Congratulations to Red Hook Terminals! Their donation of a high-capacity perforating machine to the Port of Freeport, TX was recently accepted through the Donations Acceptance Program (DAP) and is currently being used by OFO staff to expedite administrative procedures.

The perforating machine, while a relatively small donation, has already yielded a high impact; reducing the amount of time it takes port staff to process titles and other documents by 96%. As a result, the Port of Freeport anticipates that it will save up to 166 man hours a year that may be better spent on higher operational priorities. This is an example of how small-dollar value, donated improvements can make a big difference, both for CBP stakeholders and in terms of how CBP operates.

The small-scale donation proposal process offers an avenue for stakeholders interested in investing in and expediting small-scale, high impact border infrastructure, technology and other related improvements. Proposals that qualify as small-scale may be submitted year-round and in turn evaluated 60 to 70 percent faster than large-scale proposals.

For additional information or questions, please contact the DAP at DAP@cbp.dhs.gov.

October 17, 2016

Congratulations to the Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority, whose proposal to upgrade existing air conditioned dock space at the Nogales West Land Port of Entry to refrigerated dock space was recently approved for further planning and development. You can read more about the Port Authority’s approved proposal here.

This is the first proposal selected under CBP’s small-scale process for proposals valued at $5 million or less. The small-scale donation proposal process is a new offering and avenue for stakeholders interested in investing in and expediting small-scale, high impact border infrastructure, technology and other related improvements.

As a final note, thanks to all those who participated in the live webinar session held on October 11th to provide an overview of the donations acceptance process and answer program-related questions. Please refer to our “Related Content” section for a copy of our webinar presentation. You can also find an audio/video recording of the webinar presentation here.

June 21, 2016

CBP and GSA are pleased to announce that proposals submitted by the City of Donna, Texas, the City of Pharr, Texas, and Red Hook Terminals during the FY 2016 proposal submission period have been approved for further planning and development. 

The City of Donna proposed constructing and implementing new inspection facilities and technologies to facilitate inbound empty commercial vehicle inspections at the Donna-Rio Bravo Land Port of Entry (LPOE). The City of Pharr proposed multiple improvements including constructing a new cold inspection facility, a new agricultural inspection training and development facility, and expanding secondary inspection dock space at the Pharr LPOE. Red Hook Terminals proposed donating a perforating machine in support of operations at the Port of Freeport Sea Port of Entry in Freeport, Texas.

The CBP Donations Acceptance Program congratulates the City of Donna, the City of Pharr, and Red Hook Terminals on their successful proposals. We’re excited to work with each of you moving forward.

June 2, 2016

The Donations Acceptance Program (DAP) is excited to announce that it will be hosting multiple one-day Roadshow events in select locations across the U.S. 

The DAP Roadshow is an opportunity to engage CBP and GSA field/port representatives and program leads in an open dialogue regarding partnerships for port of entry infrastructure, technology, or other related improvements.  

Events are currently scheduled for:

Laredo, TX – June 22nd
Tucson, AZ – July 19th

For more information or to request an invitation, please email the DAP at DAP@cbp.dhs.gov.

February 25, 2016

CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske recently spotlighted the growing success and expansion of the Donations Acceptance Program along with the Reimbursable Services Program in his blog post Meeting the Challenge: Alternative Funding Helps CBP Serve Stakeholders.

The Donations Acceptance Program has quickly gained widespread interest and positive feedback as one of few viable mechanisms by which to invest in and expedite port of entry infrastructure and technology improvements. Partnerships entered into under the Donations Acceptance Program are expected to yield substantial operational, economic, and community-related benefits. 

As an update on Phase I activities, CBP in coordination with GSA, continues to evaluate the proposals it received during the recent FY 2016 submission period. CBP looks forward to announcing its FY 2016 proposal selections in the late Spring timeframe in addition to unveiling its tentative plans to accept and review certain small-scale proposal submissions on a year-round basis.

Stay tuned for more information…

Information Sharing Opportunities

On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, the CBP Donations Acceptance Program held a live webinar to review the donations acceptance process and provide useful guidance for submitting a successful donation proposal in FY 2016.  As a follow-up, CBP held a live Q&A session on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.  Questions may still be submitted via e-mail to DAP@cbp.dhs.gov.

Please note that to promote a fair and equitable proposal submission and evaluation process, CBP will respond only to questions relating to the overall Donations Acceptance Program and will not be able to address individual proposal specifics. 

July 24, 2015

FY 2015 Selectees Announced

On July, 24, 2015, CBP announced that proposals submitted during the FY 2015 open season from the following stakeholders had advanced to Phase II: Proposal Planning & Development. 

Partner Name Port of Entry
The City of Donna Donna Rio Bravo Port of Entry
The City of Pharr Pharr Texas Port of Entry
The City of El Paso The Ysleta Bridge
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November 22, 2017