Amendment earmarks $105 million for Customs modernization

Amendment earmarks $105 million for Customs modernization

By Shruti Dat'

GCN Staff

JULY 13—The House Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday approved an amendment attached to the $14.4 billion Treasury and Postal Service fiscal 2001 budget that would allocate $105 million for a much-debated Customs Service modernization effort.

The funding would go toward the Automated Commercial Environment, which will replace the 16-year-old Automated Commercial System. The subcommittee approved an additional $128.4 million for other Customs automation projects. The total Customs appropriation of $233.4 million for automation projects would be $161 million more than fiscal 2000's tally.

Customs has waited months for funding approval to begin its modernization, which has endured some turbulence.

The bureau received $3 million in April to continue the National Customs Automation Program, a pilot for ACE development and deployment, after the Treasury Department announced in the Federal Register that the prototype would shut down [www.gcn.com/vol19_no6/news/1542-1.html].

The Customs Modernization Office has focused recent efforts on planning and process improvement, and refining its enterprise lifecycle methods for the modernization while closely watching the appropriations process, officials said.

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