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As of December 1, 2021, there are 4659 open recommendations, of which 482 are priority recommendations. Recommendations remain open until they are designated as Closed-implemented or Closed-not implemented.

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Southwest Border: CBP Needs to Increase Oversight of Funds, Medical Care, and Reporting of Deaths

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United States Customs and Border Protection
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The Commissioner of CBP should develop and implement oversight mechanisms for CBP's implementation of policies and procedures relating to medical care for individuals in its custody to include documentation of expected practices, metrics and corresponding performance targets, and roles and responsibilities for taking corrective action. (Recommendation 3)
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DHS concurred with our recommendation and reported that it would it would take steps to implement it. In March 2021, officials stated that CBP is taking a variety of steps to develop oversight mechanisms for its medical care efforts, including incorporating medical quality management requirements into its medical support contract, establishing a Contracting Officer's Representative position for medical services, and developing a protocol for conducting management inspections of medical care at CBP facilities. These efforts, as described, represent important progress toward implementing our

Antidumping and Countervailing Duties: CBP Action Needed to Reduce Duty Processing Errors and Mitigate Nonpayment Risk

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United States Customs and Border Protection
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To better manage the AD/CV duty liquidation process, CBP should issue guidance directing the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralization Team to (a) collect and analyze data on a regular basis to identify and address the causes of liquidations that occur contrary to the process or outside the 6-month time frame mandated by statute, (b) track progress on reducing such liquidations, and (c) report on any effects these liquidations may have on revenue.
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In July 2016, GAO found that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had not collected and analyzed data systematically to help it monitor and minimize processing errors and as a result did not know the extent of these errors and could not take timely or effective action to avoid the potential losses that they may represent. GAO recommended that to better manage the AD/CV duty liquidation process, CBP should issue guidance directing the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Team to (a) collect and analyze data on a regular basis to identify and address the causes of liquidations that occur

United States Customs and Border Protection
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To improve risk management in the collection of AD/CV duties, CBP should, consistent with U.S. law and international obligations, take steps to use its data and risk assessment strategically to mitigate AD/CV duty nonpayment, such as by using predictive risk analysis to identify entries that pose heightened risk and taking appropriate action to mitigate the risk.
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From July 2016 to May 2021, CBP took steps to develop a risk-based framework, including the use of a risk-based single transaction bond . In June 2021 CBP announced that it would not implement the risk-based single transaction bond due in part to the complexity of the framework in determining if an additional risk-based single transaction bond was needed and in what amount . CBP announced that it would instead implement risk-based framework by leveraging existing authorities and completing several initiatives. Among other things, using its existing bond formula and processes CBP plans to

Arizona Border Surveillance Technology Plan: Additional Actions Needed to Strengthen Management and Assess Effectiveness

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United States Customs and Border Protection
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To improve the acquisition management of the Plan and the reliability of its cost estimates and schedules, assess the effectiveness of deployed technologies, and better inform CBP's deployment decisions, once data on asset assists are required to be recorded and tracked, the Commissioner of CBP should analyze available data on apprehensions and seizures and technological assists, in combination with other relevant performance metrics or indicators, as appropriate, to determine the contribution of surveillance technologies to CBP's border security efforts.
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In 2014, CBP expanded its Arizona Border Surveillance Technology Plan to the Southwest Border Technology Plan. In February 2015, the Border Patrol took steps to address this recommendation by developing the Capability Gap Analysis Process (CGAP) with the support of Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Lab to examine the effects of technology and other assets. In May 2017, Border Patrol officials demonstrated a new system, intended to allow for more comprehensive analysis of the contributions of surveillance technologies to Border Patrol's mission during the CGAP process. As of March 2019

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