Border Patrol Strategy: Progress and Challenges in Implementation and Assessment Efforts, Statement of Rebecca Gambler, Acting Director Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives [open pdf - 237KB]
"Border Patrol, within DHS's CBP [Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Customs and Border Protection], is the federal agency with primary responsibility for securing the national borders between the U.S. ports of entry (POE). DHS has completed a new '2012-2016 Border Patrol Strategic Plan' (2012-2016 Strategic Plan) that Border Patrol officials stated will emphasize risk management instead of increased resources to achieve border security and continue to build on the foundation of the 2004 'National Border Patrol Strategy' (2004 Strategy). This statement highlights key issues from prior GAO [Government Accountability Office] reports that discuss Border Patrol's progress and challenges in (1) implementing key elements of the 2004 Strategy and (2) achieving the 2004 strategic goal to gain operational control of the border. This statement is based on GAO reports issued since 2007 on border security, with selected updates from April and May 2012 on Border Patrol resource needs, actions taken to address prior GAO recommendations, and efforts to develop performance measures. To conduct these updates, GAO reviewed agency documents such as operational assessments and interviewed DHS officials. […] In prior reports, GAO made recommendations to, among other things, strengthen border security technology, infrastructure, and partnerships. DHS concurred with the recommendations and has reported actions planned or underway to address them. CBP reviewed a draft of information contained in this statement and provided comments that GAO incorporated as appropriate."
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