CUSTOMS DELEGATION ORDER FOR TIMES OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY
The U.S. Customs Service has issued an order that would provide the succession of Customs Service officers in the event of a national emergency.
Delegation Order No. 01-006 prescribes which Customs officer would act as commissioner, “in the event of a national security emergency, which is defined as any occurrence, including national disaster, military attack, technological emergency, or any other emergency” and the commissioner would be absent or disabled.
Under the Authority of Treasury Department Order No. 165, and in compliance with Executive Order 12656, the order of succession would be: deputy commissioner; assistant commissioner, field operations; assistant commissioner, investigations; assistant commissioner, finance; assistant commissioner, information and technology, assistant commissioner, strategic trade; assistant commissioner, international affairs; and assistant commissioner, regulations and rulings.