>GAO Report on Requirement to Scan 100 Percent of U.S. Bound Containers

>The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report (GAO-10-12) assessing the requirement to scan 100% of the US-bound maritime shipping containers. It notes that the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been unable to achieve 100% scanning at any of the limited number of participating foreign ports. The program faces numerous challenges, including technology problems, high costs, and opposition from some foreign governments. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intends to issue a blanket 2-year extension of the 2012 deadline, as authorized by law. GAO recommends that a thorough cost-benefit analysis be conducted.