U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced this week the open period for accepting letters of application through the Reimbursable Services Program (RSP), which may be submitted via email until 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 29.
CBP has the authority 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, support, 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, the agency is allowed to expand the limit to 10 agreements per year.
“Letters of application will be evaluated based on their individual merit and ability to satisfy the evaluation criteria posted on CBP.gov. Applicants and interested parties may submit questions regarding the Reimbursable Services Program via email,” the entity said.
The Reimbursable Services Program is a component of CBP’s “Resource Optimization Strategy,” which enables the agency to support additional requests for services while also managing rising volumes of travel and trade that are critical to the economy.
In the first 18 months of the program, CBP was able to provide more than 93,000 additional processing hours at primary lanes and booths, which contributed to both increased border throughput and decreased border wait times, the agency said.