U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced a new Reimbursable Services and Donations Acceptance authority, which is a key piece of the agency's Resource Optimization Strategy for CBP Field Operations. This strategy is designed to maximize resources and increase efficiencies to improve travelers' experiences as they arrive in the U.S.

The CBP is authorized to enter into partnerships with both private sector and government entities and to accept certain donations that will help enable CBP to support additional requests for services for a five-year period. Last year, CBP signed five agreements with ports in Houston, Dallas, El Paso, South Texas and Miami. 

Also, as a result of fiscal year 2014 funding, CBP also announced the addition of 2,000 new CBP officers. Overall, 44 ports in 18 states will receive additional staffing.