Border Security: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Collaborative Mechanisms along the Southwest Border, Report to the Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 3MB]

"According to DHS's CBP [Customs and Border Protection], Arizona and South Texas represent some of the highest-threat areas along the southwest border for illegal entrants and smuggling. DHS and CBP coordinate border security with interagency partners, including other federal, state, local, and tribal entities. DHS established collaborative mechanisms in Arizona and South Texas to integrate CBP operations and improve interagency coordination. GAO [U.S. Government Accountability Office] was asked to review DHS efforts to coordinate resources along the southwest border. This report (1) describes how DHS uses collaborative mechanisms in Arizona and South Texas to coordinate border security efforts, and (2) examines the extent to which DHS has established performance measures and reporting processes and how, if at all, DHS has assessed and monitored the effectiveness of the collaborative mechanisms in Arizona and South Texas. GAO analyzed documentation, such as campaign plans for the mechanisms; conducted visits to Arizona and South Texas; and interviewed CBP components and interagency partners selected on the basis of agency type and level of participation in the mechanism. Information from these interviews cannot be generalized to all components and partners, but provided insights into the mechanisms."

Report Number:
GAO-14-494; Government Accountability Office-14-494
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Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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