>CRS Analysis of DHS Appropriations for FY2010

>The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued an analysis of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act for 2010 (Pub.L. 111-83).

As summarized by Bryant’s Maritime Blog, the legislation provides $51.9 billion to the DHS for the current fiscal year. The CRS report includes discussion of a variety of individual programs. With regard to scanning of 100% of containers prior to being transported to the United States, it quotes a committee report: “It has become increasingly clear that, at least for now, a 100 percent scanning goal is not feasible, and even if it were, would come at an unacceptably high cost monetarily and in the displacement of other efforts.”

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is required to submit a report to Congress no later than February 1, 2010 on its strategy to achieve meaningful cargo and supply chain security in the absence of the 100% scanning requirement. The report also discusses Coast Guard programs, including marine safety, Loran-C, and Arctic activity. R40642