Border Security Metrics: Progress Made, but DHS Should Take Additional Steps to Improve Information Quality, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Highlights: "The United States has approximately 6,000 miles of land borders, 95,000 miles of coastline, and more than 300 ports of entry where travelers and cargo are inspected. Securing U.S. border areas is a key part of DHS's mission, and its ability to measure border security activities is essential to managing its responsibilities effectively and efficiently. The 2017 NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act] requires DHS to report annually on 43 border security metrics. The act also includes a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office], within 270 days of receipt of the first report and biennially for the following 10 years, to review and report on the data and methodology in DHS's report. GAO issued its initial report in March 2019. This second report evaluates the report DHS issued in August 2020, which is known as the fiscal year 2019 report and contains data through fiscal year 2018. This report addresses the extent to which DHS (1) reported metrics outlined in the 2017 NDAA using quality information and (2) has taken steps to determine and convey the sensitivity of key assumptions and the statistical uncertainty of its unlawful entry metrics."

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