Customs Automation

Duties and Other Collections Vulnerable to Fraud and Abuse Gao ID: IMTEC-90-29 February 28, 1990

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the U.S. Customs Service's automated revenue collection and deposit processes, focusing on its internal control weaknesses.

GAO found that: (1) Customs could be losing millions of dollars in duties and other collections due to abuse and a breakdown of internal controls over its collection documents; (2) the 5 million unaccounted-for collection documents could allow the potential for theft or fraud; and (3) weaknesses in Customs' ability to perform its mission were grounds for disclosure and actions under the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act of 1982.


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