CBP’s Bersin may exit by year’s end

American Shipper reports that US Customs & Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin may soon be out of a job.

President Obama installed Bersin as a recess appointment in March 2010, much to the chagrin of the Senate Finance Committee, who wanted to question Bersin about possible violation of immigration laws in hiring household help.   Without Senate confirmation of his recess appointment expected by year end, the position will become vacant.

Despite the hard feelings on Capitol Hill, Bersin remains popular with the trade.  He is viewed as a progressive, take-charge leader who exerted “significant effort to reorient CBP’s priorities towards trade facilitation and enforcement after a decade focusing on security measures that complicated the movement of cargo.”

Bersin’s staff has indicated that they will continue the forward progress started by Bersin.

The American Shipper article, “Popular Customs chief to lose post,” is available here (site registration required for access to entire article).

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