Secure Border Initiative: SBInet Three Years Later, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism of the Committee on Homeland Security, United States House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, September 17, 2009 [open pdf - 416KB]
From the opening statement of Bennie G. Thompson, "Today's hearing on the Secure Border Initiative comes at a very important time, as next week marks an anniversary of sorts for the Department of Homeland Security [DHS]. On September 21, 2006, DHS awarded a contract to Boeing to help secure our nation's borders. At the time, we were told that Boeing would be integrating existing, 'off-the-shelf' technology to create a 'virtual fence' along the borders, known as SBInet. It was supposed to be a relatively easy project. Instead, the Government Accountability Office has repeatedly raised concerns about SBInet, including poor planning, insufficient testing, inadequate government oversight, and a failure to set and achieve project goals. Today, after spending nearly a billion dollars on the program, we are still waiting for an effective technological tool to secure America's borders." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Bennie G. Thompson, Representative in Congress from Mississippi; Loretta Sanchez, Representative in Congress from California; Mark E. Soulder, Representative in Congress from Indiana, and Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism; David Aguilar, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Mark Borkowski, Secure Border Initiative, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Timothy E. Peters, Global Security Systems, The Boeing Company; and Richard Stana, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office.
Serial No. 111-35
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