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U.S. eyes privatizing cargo security work

Homeland Security officials are looking to have private companies validate the security procedures under which cargo travels from foreign ports into U.S. terminals. The program, which would give speedier entry to U.S. ports to ships and suppliers that meet the security standards, is now in the hands of 80 Homeland Security inspectors who have to plow through more than 10,000 applicants. Although Homeland Security plans to hire an additional 40 inspectors in the coming months, the department also is looking to outsource to private companies some of its duties, in particular the validation process, which has dragged for years and involves on-site inspections of ships and cargo abroad. Full Story

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