DHS won’t require screening for every US-bound cargo container

The Homeland Security Department is backing off its mandate that by 2012, all United States-bound cargo containers must be screened from their port of exit, according to the Homeland Security Newswire.

Speaking at the Rotterdam, Netherlands, port, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said she questioned the ability to scan 100 percent of cargo containers destined for the United States. A 2007 law that requires such screening gives the department the option of postponing the mandate if DHS officials don’t think it’s an achievable goal, according to the Homeland Security Newswire.

Napolitano said DHS prefers a layered approach that features international cooperation and better intelligence sharing, according to the article.

About the Author

Connect with the FCW staff on Twitter @FCWnow.

The Fed 100

Save the date for 28th annual Federal 100 Awards Gala.


  • computer network

    How Einstein changes the way government does business

    The Department of Commerce is revising its confidentiality agreement for statistical data survey respondents to reflect the fact that the Department of Homeland Security could see some of that data if it is captured by the Einstein system.

  • Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Army photo by Monica King. Jan. 26, 2017.

    Mattis mulls consolidation in IT, cyber

    In a Feb. 17 memo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told senior leadership to establish teams to look for duplication across the armed services in business operations, including in IT and cybersecurity.

  • Image from Shutterstock.com

    DHS vague on rules for election aid, say states

    State election officials had more questions than answers after a Department of Homeland Security presentation on the designation of election systems as critical U.S. infrastructure.

  • Org Chart Stock Art - Shutterstock

    How the hiring freeze targets millennials

    The government desperately needs younger talent to replace an aging workforce, and experts say that a freeze on hiring doesn't help.

  • Shutterstock image: healthcare digital interface.

    VA moves ahead with homegrown scheduling IT

    The Department of Veterans Affairs will test an internally developed scheduling module at primary care sites nationwide to see if it's ready to service the entire agency.

  • Shutterstock images (honglouwawa & 0beron): Bitcoin image overlay replaced with a dollar sign on a hardware circuit.

    MGT Act poised for a comeback

    After missing in the last Congress, drafters of a bill to encourage cloud adoption are looking for a new plan.

Reader comments

Tue, Jun 28, 2011 Fed Employee not on your life

"DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said she questioned the ability to scan 100 percent of cargo containers destined for the United States." Maybe if she skips 90 year old elderly passengers Depends garments they could. Like she says (to passengers), no check - no fly. What a concept. You can't have it both ways baby. Oh, I forgot, you make the rules.

Tue, Jun 28, 2011 Mimi CO Springs

So I won't have to be x-rayed or patted down or stripped of undergarments if I travel in a cargo container? Why can DHS relax their security for cargo, but still require a great-granny to remove her wet diaper? DHS should apply "national" cooperation and better intelligence sharing to US citizens, as well. Idiots!

Tue, Jun 28, 2011

Even if they had the resources, which they never will, 100% check was never an actual option. International trade would grind to a halt. All you can do is all you can do- checks will be limited to the ones that 'smell' wrong, and a random sample of the others. I think they are running about a 2% check rate right now- 5% would be nice.

Tue, Jun 28, 2011 Greg Georgia

Sampling cargo containers, what a concept... Maybe it will catch on at the airport!

Tue, Jun 28, 2011

What happened to "Trust But Verify"?

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group