On December 9, 2009, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials announced plans to develop an intellectual property component for its Importer Self Assessment (ISA) program. Under the current ISA program, importers may voluntarily monitor their own compliance with trade regulations. In exchange, ISA participants receive certain benefits, such as less scrutiny by CBP and consideration of ISA participation as a mitigating factor in penalty or liquidated damages proceedings. CBP aims to accept members into the ISA program incorporating the intellectual property component in 2011. To be eligible for membership, applicants must be members of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) supply chain security program.