CBP Announces Donation Proposal for Ports of Entry Infrastructure Projects
The submission period will remain open for 40 days, from Oct. 3 through 5 p.m. EST on Nov. 11.
In its news release, the CBP explains that its Donations Acceptance Program enables it, in collaboration with U.S. General Services Administration, to partner with private sector and government entities on U.S. ports of entry to perform infrastructure and technology improvements.
“We encourage local port operators and government entities to consider this program for port infrastructure and technology improvements,” stated Marcelino Borges, director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the USVI. “Ports of entry in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands qualify for this program, which is expected to support increased traffic flow and volume, and yield other transportation and security-related benefits.”
The submission period applies to proposals that are expected to cost more than $3 million (e.g., new facilities, major renovations, expansions or other large-scale infrastructure improvements). Proposals that are expected to cost $3 million or less (e.g., small land donations, minor facility enhancements and lane expansions, and equipment and technologies), may be submitted year-round.
“The DAP is a mechanism that border stakeholders may use to invest in and expedite port of entry infrastructure and technology improvements; improvements that seek to reduce wait times, facilitate throughput, and create a more secure, efficient, and reliable border transportation network,” the release reads. “Specifically, the DAP permits CBP and GSA to accept donations of real property, personal property (including monetary donations) and non-personal services for port of entry construction, alterations, operations and maintenance purposes.”
Proposals will be evaluated based on their ability to satisfy the criteria provided in the Section 559 Donation Acceptance Authority Proposal Evaluation Procedures & Criteria Framework.
The CBP says that its prospective partners are welcome to share their conceptual ideas with the DAP in advance of preparing a formal submission for feedback regarding proposal viability and for other general proposal and process-related assistance.
The DAP will be hosting a live webinar on Oct. 11 to provide an overview of its donation acceptance process and answer questions.