American Samoa

American Samoa

Performing A Risk Assessment Would Better Inform U.S. Agencies of the Risks Related to Acceptance of Certificates of Identity : Report to Congressional Requesters

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American Samoa is a U.S. insular area that operates its customs and immigration programs according to its own laws and independent of the United States. As such, U.S. agencies, such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection, have no roles in operating the customs or immigration programs in American Samoa. U.S. officials have raised questions about how American Samoa operates its customs and immigration programs, and if this introduces any risks to the security of American Samoa or the rest of the United States. GAO was asked to review American Samoa's customs and immigration programs and this report discusses (1) the operations of American Samoa's customs and immigration programs, and (2) the extent to which U.S. and American Samoa agencies have identified potential risks in American Samoa's customs and immigration programs. GAO reviewed available statutes, regulations, policies, and procedures governing American Samoa and U.S. customs and immigration programs. GAO also visited American Samoa and interviewed U.S. and American Samoan officials to obtain insights. GAO recommends that DHS, in consultation with the Departments of State and the Interior, conduct a risk assessment to determine the extent and significance of possible risks associated with aliens using false documents to travel to the United States from American Samoa. The agencies' concurred with GAO's recommendation.
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, [2010]
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ii, 47 p.) : ill., map
Additional Contributors: Caldwell, Stephen L.

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