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Laboratories and Scientific Services

OIT FY 2022 Year in Review Report

At the end of another outstanding and remarkable year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Information and Technology is pleased to present its “Year in Review Report for Fiscal Year 2022.” The Office of Information and Technology continues to make investments in people...

“Turkish Delight:” Male Enhancement Honey from Turkey Seized in Jackson

On Monday, May 17, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers (CBPOs) in Jackson, MS selected for random inspection a package arriving from Turkey. The package was manifested as “Kitchen ornament and Turkish delight set” with a consignee in MS. Upon physical inspection, CBPOs found the shipment to contain 120 boxes (1,440 packets) of three different kinds of honey that had not been manifested. CBPOs detained the shipment and contacted FDA for guidance.

CBP Memphis Opens Forward Operating Lab

An unknown substance is found in a shipment at an express consignment facility in Memphis, Tennessee.  The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer brings it to a chemist with our office of Laboratories and Scientific Services (LSS).  For a 100%, legally confirmed identification of the substance that could stand in a court of law, it would have to be sent to a lab in Savannah, Georgia, and could take weeks.  Now, it never leaves the building and can take four seconds. 

Lab and Gauger Penalty Schedule

Guidelines for the Issuance of Monetary Penalties Pursuant to 19 CFR 151.12 & 151.13 This document may qualify as a “guidance document” as set forth in Executive Order 13891 and interpretations thereof; such guidance documents are not binding and lack the force and effect of law, except as...

Every Vote Counts: Please Vote for CBP Scientists Named Top Five Finalist

Andrew Laurence and Shannon Ferguson, two CBP scientists from the Operations Support’s Laboratories and Scientific Services Chicago Laboratory, have secured a top five spot and remain in the running to be named the 2020 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, People’s Choice Winner.

For their outstanding efforts, Laurence and Ferguson were selected as Emerging Leaders finalists—a category that recognizes the significant contributions of federal professionals under the age of 35.

CBP Scientists Named Emerging Leader Finalists for 2020 Service to America Medals

Two U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) scientists from Operations Support’s Laboratories and Scientific Services, Chicago Laboratory, were selected as finalists in the 2020 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals—or the Sammies—an award program that honors federal employees who exemplify excellence and dedication through noteworthy and inspiring acts.