- To examine how the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) security standards for international mail facilitate an influx of illicit drugs to the United States.
- To examine a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report examining the costs and benefits of using electronic data to screen items sent through international mail.
- USPS reported a 54 percent increase on inbound international mail volume from FY 2012 to FY 2016. The rise of e-commerce paired with the lack of adequate security screening measures creates a way for items to enter the country virtually unchecked through inbound international mail.
- Under USPS’ current system, the majority of packages sent from foreign countries can enter the U.S. without having advanced electronic data processed by our national intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
- At the request of the House Oversight Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, GAO examined and released a report titled, “International Mail Security: Costs and Benefits of Using Electronic Data to Screen Mail Need to be Assessed”.
Witnesses and testimonies
|The Honorable Gregory Thome||Director, Office of U.N. Specialized and Technical Agencies Bureau of International Organization Affairs||U.S. Department of State||Document|
|Mr. Guy Cottrell||Chief Postal Inspector||U.S. Postal Service||Document|
|Mr. Todd C. Owen||Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations||U.S. Customs and Border Protection||Document|
|Ms. Lori Rectanus||Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues||U.S. Government Accountability Office||Document|
|Ms. Tammy Whitcomb||Acting Inspector General||U.S. Postal Service||Document|