Progress in Addressing Secure Border Initiative Operational Requirements and Constructing the Southwest Border Fence [open pdf - 1MB]
"This report covers CBP's progress in constructing the tactical infrastructure needed to meet border security mission requirements. Specifically, the report discusses CBP's efforts to develop, refine, and document the underlying operational needs of the Border Patrol, and as set forth in the Secure Fence Act of 2006, as amended, to build pedestrian and vehicle fences along the Southwest border of the United States to guard against illegal entries. The report also addresses related management improvements, including establishing, staffing, and equipping an acquisition program management office to oversee tactical infrastructure construction, including fencing. The report is based on interviews with employees and officials of the Department of Homeland Security, direct observations, and a review of applicable documents. [...] Achieving the optimal mix of personnel, technology, and tactical infrastructure is key to the Secure Border Initiative strategy for protecting and controlling the Nation's borders. We conducted an audit of the United States Customs and Border Protection to determine its progress in addressing Secure Border Initiative requirements and in constructing tactical infrastructure, which includes fencing to secure the Southwest border as mandated by Congress and determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security. Customs and Border Protection has made progress in identifying the Border Patrol's operational requirements for technology and tactical infrastructure. However, Border Patrol assessments could better document and define operational requirements for tactical infrastructure to ensure that border fence construction is linked to resource decisions and mission performance goals."
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-09-56
United States Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General: http://www.dhs.gov/oig/