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GAO conducted a review to evaluate the role of the U.S. Customs Service in enforcing import admissibility requirements otherwise administered by over 40 other Federal agencies. Specifically, GAO was concerned with the effectiveness of current procedures for obtaining compliance with admissibility requirements.

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Recommendations

Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of the Treasury The Secretary of the Treasury should reach agreement with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, Transportation, and Health and Human Services on ways to expedite the proceedings against importers who violate the conditions of their performance bonds and reduce the paperwork associated with the role of Customs as middleman in such proceedings.
Closed - Implemented
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Department of Agriculture The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, Transportation, and Health and Human Services should take the actions necessary to ensure that penalties, even if mitigated, are large enough to be an effective enforcement tool.
Closed - Implemented
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Department of Health and Human Services The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, Transportation, and Health and Human Services should take the actions necessary to ensure that penalties, even if mitigated, are large enough to be an effective enforcement tool.
Closed - Implemented
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Department of Transportation The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, Transportation, and Health and Human Services should take the actions necessary to ensure that penalties, even if mitigated, are large enough to be an effective enforcement tool.
Closed - Implemented
Please call 202/512-6100 for information.
Environmental Protection Agency The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, Transportation, and Health and Human Services should take the actions necessary to ensure that penalties, even if mitigated, are large enough to be an effective enforcement tool.
Closed - Implemented
Please call 202/512-6100 for information.

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