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Report of the CBP Families and Children Care Panel Subcommittee

The Homeland Security Advisory Council’s CBP Families and Children Custody Panel is to provide findings and recommendations on the best practices from Federal, State, and local organizations regarding care for families and children in CBP custody. The Panel will be expected to: conduct visits to observe CBP operations and review non-privileged information to understand CBP’s operating environment, as well as the legal funding requirements that relate to individuals held in CBP custody, and all visits will be conducted in a way that protects the privacy of those in CBP custody and privileged information; study relevant aspects of short-term care, particularly for children, through interviews, research, and site visits; identify the best practices from Federal, State, and local law enforcement on short-term intake of families and children, and identify how these best practices are implemented; lastly, provide recommendations for any potential additions or changes to CBP policies, procedures, or training in relation to family and/or child custody, and include metrics as to how CBP would successfully implement said additions or changes.

Media Advisory: Winning Opioid Detection Technology

DHS S&T in partnership with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) will announce the winning technologies in the Opioid Detection Challenge at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 12, 2019, at the DHS Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL) in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.

News Release: DHS Awards $198K for Raw Material Import Tracking Using Blockchain

DHS S&T has awarded $198,642 to Transmute Industries, Inc. based in Austin, TX to develop a proof-of-concept application for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to support increased transparency, automation and security in processing the importation of raw materials such as steel, timber and diamonds raw goods entering the United States.

News Release: DHS Awards London-based Start-Up $160K

DHS S&T awarded $160,902 to London-based startup CrowdVision Ltd. to develop an integrated proof-of-concept for an airport passenger counting and measuring system for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

News Release: DHS S&T Awards Colorado Start-up $147K

DHS S&T awarded $147,413 to KickView Corporation to adapt their multi-sensor artificial intelligent (AI) software platform to provide real-time data analysis of passenger flow in the international customs processing areas of airports.

DHS/CBP/PIA-059 E-Commerce “Section 321” Data Pilot

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is conducting a voluntary test to collect certain advance data related to shipments potentially eligible for release under Section 321 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. § 1321 (“Section 321”). Section 321 provides for an administrative exemption from duty and taxes for shipments of merchandise (other than bona-fide gifts and certain personal and household goods) imported by one person on one day having an aggregate fair retail value in the country of shipment of not more than $800. Pursuant to this test, participants will electronically transmit certain data elements pertaining to these shipments to CBP in advance of arrival. CBP is conducting this test to determine the feasibility of requiring advance data from different types of parties and requiring additional data that is generally not required under current regulations in order to effectively identify and target high-risk shipments in the e-commerce1 environment. CBP published a Notice in the Federal Register on July 23, 2019, announcing the pilot.2 CBP is publishing this new Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to provide notice of information collection requirements for the Section 321 Data Pilot, and to assess the privacy risks of its collection and use of personally identifiable information under this pilot.

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