U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Contracting for Transportation and Guard Services for Detainees   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the GAO website: "As the lead federal agency charged with, keeping inadmissible aliens out of the country, the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) CBP [Customs and Border Protection] coordinates the security, monitoring and movement of individuals apprehended by its Border Patrol agents or deemed inadmissible by its Office of Field Operations (OFO) to or from several locations within and across its Border Patrol sectors and ports of entry. In 2006, CBP began contracting for transportation services for individuals apprehended along the southwest border and to minimize the use of agents and officers performing guard and transportation duties. CBP's current transportation services contract, awarded in August 2013, covers the transportation service needs for seven of the nine southwest Border Patrol sectors, and is valued at approximately $285 million over five fiscal years. The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 contains a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to report on CBP's procurement process and standards for entities it contracts with for the transportation and detention of individuals apprehended by CBP officers, as well as the operational efficiency of its contracting. This report examines the extent to which CBP (1) manages its existing transportation services contract to meet its needs and (2) assesses the performance of the contractor responsible for transporting detained individuals. To determine how CBP manages its existing transportation services contract, GAO reviewed CBP's contract documents and contract management tools, as well as sector transportation plans and needs assessments. GAO also reviewed additional documentation provided by CBP to identify how CBP assesses the performance of its contractor, and what performance standards and quality assurance framework CBP uses to monitor and assess contractor performance. GAO further assessed CBP's framework against applicable Federal Acquisition Regulation provisions and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance for contract quality assurance and administration. Finally, GAO reviewed CBP reports and evaluations to determine CBP's contract monitoring activities."

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