Washington, DC - U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today the open period for accepting letters of application through the Section 559 Reimbursable Services Program.
Pursuant to Section 559 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, CBP is authorized to enter into partnerships with private sector and government entities to provide new or expanded services on a reimbursable basis. Reimbursable services include customs and agricultural processing, border security, and immigration inspection-related matters at ports of entry. Associated costs may include the salaries of additional staff, overtime hours, administration, and transportation expenses. For CBP-serviced airports, Section 559 imposes a limit of five agreements per year, and limits reimbursement to overtime payments only.
The Reimbursable Services Program is a key component of CBP’s Resource Optimization Strategy. The program enables CBP to support additional requests for services while also managing rising volumes of travel and trade that are critical to our economy. In the first year, CBP was able to provide more than 60,000 additional processing hours at primary lanes and booths, which contributed to both increased border throughput and decreased border wait times.