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Border Security: Opportunities Exist to Ensure More Effective Use of DHS's Air and Marine Assets
GAO-12-518: Published: Mar 30, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2012.
GAOs analysis of the Office of Air and Marine (OAM) data found that OAM met 73 percent of the 38,662 air support requests and 88 percent of the 9,913 marine support requests received in fiscal year 2010. The level of support differed by location, customers, and type of mission. For example, in its northern region OAM met air support requests 77 percent of the time and in its southeast region...
Supply Chain Security: Container Security Programs Have Matured, but Uncertainty Persists over the Future of 100 Percent Scanning
GAO-12-422T: Published: Feb 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2012.
As part of its efforts to identify high-risk cargo for inspection, CBP uses various sources of information to screen containers in advance of their arrival in the United States. For example, in 2009, CBP implemented the Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements to collect additional information for targeting. The additional cargo information required, such as country of origin,...
Arizona Border Surveillance Technology: More Information on Plans and Costs Is Needed before Proceeding
GAO-12-22: Published: Nov 4, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2011.
In recent years, nearly half of all annual apprehensions of illegal aliens along the entire Southwest border with Mexico have occurred along the Arizona border. Keeping illegal flows of people and drugs under control remains a top priority for the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). In 2005, the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet) was conceived a...
Prior Experience and Past Performance as Evaluation Criteria in the Award of Federal Construction Contracts
GAO-12-102R: Published: Oct 18, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 2011.
Over the last 10 fiscal years, federal agencies have increased their spending on construction contracts, leading to obligations of almost $54 billion in fiscal year 2010. When awarding contracts, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requires agencies to consider firms' performance records to help ensure that taxpayer dollars go to capable contractors. The FAR also provides agencies with broad...
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands: Status of Transition to Federal Immigration Law
GAO-11-805T: Published: Jul 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2011.
In May 2008, the United States enacted the Consolidated Natural Resources Act (CNRA), amending the United States' covenant with the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to establish federal control of CNMI immigration in 2009, with several CNMI-specific provisions affecting foreign workers and investors during a 5-year transition period that began on November 28, 2009, and ends in 2...
Secure Border Initiative: Controls over Contractor Payments for the Technology Component Need Improvement
GAO-11-68: Published: May 25, 2011. Publicly Released: May 25, 2011.
In 2005, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiated a multibillion-dollar contract to secure part of the nation's borders, the Secure Border Initiative (SBI). At that time, SBI was to include a single solution technology component; SBInet. DHS assigned the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) responsibility for overseeing the SBI contract, including SBInet. In January 2011, DHS announ...
Border Security: DHS Progress and Challenges in Securing the U.S. Southwest and Northern Borders
GAO-11-508T: Published: Mar 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2011.
As part of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through its U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) component, is to secure U.S borders against threats of terrorism; the smuggling of drugs, humans, and other contraband; and illegal migration. At the end of fiscal year 2010, DHS investments in border security had grown to $11.9 billion and included more than 40,000 personnel. To...
Border Security: Preliminary Observations on the Status of Key Southwest Border Technology Programs
GAO-11-448T: Published: Mar 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2011.
Securing the nation's borders from illegal entry of aliens, contraband, terrorists and weapons of mass destruction, is a long-term challenge. In November 2005, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched the Secure Border Initiative network (SBInet)--a program which was to provide the Border Patrol, within DHS's U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), with the tools to detect breaches and...
Border Security: Preliminary Observations on Border Control Measures for the Southwest Border
GAO-11-374T: Published: Feb 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2011.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reports that the nearly 2,000-mile U.S. border with Mexico is vulnerable to cross-border illegal activity. The Office of Border Patrol (Border Patrol), within DHS's U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), is responsible for securing the border between U.S. ports of entry and has divided responsibility for southwest border miles among nine Border Patrol s...
Border Security: Enhanced DHS Oversight and Assessment of Interagency Coordination Is Needed for the Northern Border
GAO-11-97: Published: Dec 17, 2010. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 2011.
The challenges of securing the U.S.-Canadian border involve the coordination of multiple partners. The results of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) efforts to integrate border security among its components and across federal, state, local, tribal, and Canadian partners are unclear. GAO was asked to address the extent to which DHS has (1) improved coordination with state, local, tribal, a...