|Overview of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009|
(04/08/2009)The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is an effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. With much at stake, the Act provides for unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability so that you will be able to know how, when, and where your tax dollars are being spent. Spearheaded by a new Recovery Board, this Act contains built-in measures to root out waste, inefficiency, and unnecessary spending. U.S. Customs and Border Protection funding received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will help CBP meet its border security mission, while encouraging a boost in national and local economies. In addition to helping infuse the multi-year modernization strategy that includes a total of 43 CBP-owned land ports of entry, which are primarily along the northern border of the U.S., the Recovery Act also provides resources needed for CBP to continue deploying cutting edge imaging technologies that allow safe and efficient inspection of cargo and vehicles entering the U.S.In all, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act directs CBP projects that include:
CBP will report Recovery Act project goals and milestones on Recovery.gov, the federal Web site established to ensure full transparency and help the nation’s citizens access information on the use and results of Recovery Act funding.
Recovery.gov ) The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17.
- $720 million for construction at land ports of entry ($420 million for CBP-owned land ports and $300 million for GSA-owned land ports)
- $100 million for Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) technology
- $100 million for border technology on the southwest border
- $60 million for tactical communications equipment and radios