Border Security: Key Unresolved Issues Justify Reevaluation of Border Surveillance Technology Program, Report to Congressional Committees [open pdf - 790KB]
"In September 2004, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) established Americas Shield Initiative (ASI)- a program that included a system of sensors, cameras, and databases formerly known as the Integrated Surveillance Intelligence System (ISIS)- to detect, characterize, and deter illegal breaches to the northern and southern U.S. borders. The goals of the ASI program were to address ISIS capability limitations and support the departments antiterrorism mission. In April 2005, department officials told GAO [Government Accountability Office] that ISIS was subsumed within ASI. By congressional mandate, GAO reviewed the program to determine (1) the operational needs that ASI was intended to address and DHSs plans for ASI, (2) the steps that DHS had taken to ensure that ASI was aligned with the departments enterprise architecture, and (3) the actions that DHS had taken to establish the capability to effectively manage ASI."
Government Accountability Office (GAO): http://www.gao.gov/