Customs' ACE plan gets an OK from GAO

Customs' ACE plan gets an OK from GAO

The Customs Service's initial spending plan for its Automated Commercial Environment meshes well with oversight demands, the General Accounting Office has reported.

For fiscal 2001, Congress approved $130 million for ACE, but withheld its release based on approval of a series of spending plans. Customs sent the first plan, requesting $45 million, to Capitol Hill in late March.

It meets appropriation bill mandates and the Office of Management and Budget's requirements, and complies with Customs' enterprise architecture, GAO said in its new report, Customs Service Modernization: Results of Review of First Automated Commercial Environment Expenditure Plan.

The plan also incorporates GAO's recommendations that Customs make ACE investment decisions incrementally and strengthen the system's software acquisition management, the report said.

The plan, however, does not justify investing in the International Trade Data System, which Customs is building to handle the governmentwide collection, use and dissemination of trade data, GAO said.

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