The Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of
Agriculture requires information and services from the U.S.
Customs Service. This primarily involves the importation of
agricultural commodities from foreign sources and the monitoring
of the quality attributes of those products according to USDA
regulations, as well as other market focused considerations.
The U.S. Customs is undergoing an enterprise-wide restructuring
of the primary areas involved in the importation and exportation
of all products for the U.S. This is the U.S. Customs Modernization
project - a 15 year project of 3 phases (5 years each). The
current phase is funded at 5.1 billion dollars. One primary
objective of this project is to provide operational and informational
support to the various government agencies which have responsibilities
to the American public at the boarders. SEC has been contracted
by USDA to provide the business process and business model definition
and analysis of eight branches in order to define the Requirement
Specification Set (RSS) for these branches. These requirements
are to be defined in the context of the target functionality
of the various subsystems provided by the modernization project.