Veto blocks Customs upgrade

Veto blocks Customs upgrade

President Clinton last week vetoed the 2001 Treasury, Postal Service and Legislative Branch appropriations bill, throwing yet another hurdle before the embattled Customs Service's modernization plans.

The bill earmarked $130 million for Customs to upgrade its information technology infrastructure, and improve import and export processes, which have been hampered by antiquated, overburdened systems [GCN, Oct. 23, Page 6]. Clinton cited his concerns over education initiatives when he refused to sign the bill, which also includes funds for the IRS' systems programs.

Customs has faced several funding challenges in its effort to develop the Automated Commercial Environment system, which would replace the Automated Commercial System [GCN, Feb. 21, Page 6].

'If [ACE] is not funded now, we run the risk of becoming the world's most backed-up border crossing,' Information Technology Association of America president Harris N. Miller said.

'Julie Britt, Tony Lee Orr and Susan M. Menke

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