U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Policy Tori Barnes issued the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General’s report finding security lapses with the Global Entry program:

“We are examining the inspector general’s report and engaging with the Department of Homeland Security to explore the issue further. We are informed by Customs and Border Protection that the agency is already working to implement the recommendations in the report.

“The integrity of the Global Entry program is of critical importance, and audits like this only serve to make the program more secure. Global Entry’s record and DHS’s management of it are exemplary, and any allegation of security issues needs to be taken seriously and addressed quickly and aggressively—which we are assured is exactly what is happening in this case.”

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