Wednesday, March 11, 2009

How Will CBP Spend $980 Million?

U.S. Customs & Border Protection will receive $980 million of the $2.8 billion awarded to the Department of Homeland Security under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. How will CBP spend this windfall of funds?

$720 million for construction and renovation of land border ports of entry. This includes expansion and reconfiguration to make room for new scanners and identification checking equipment.

$100 million for Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) technology

$100 million for border technology on the southwest border. Most of the 661 miles of the physical fence has been completed. CBP will use the $100 million to construct towers containing cameras, sensors and other communication equipment that will feed information to the border patrol control centers. Construction is expected to begin in April.

$60 million for tactical communications equipment and radios

Visit the Department of Homeland Security web site to see how funds are allocated to other DHS departments and to check up on how, when and where the tax dollars are being spent.

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