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    Subject Term: "Private roads"

    1 publication with a total of 3 open recommendations
    Director: Rebecca Gambler
    Phone: (202) 512-8777

    3 open recommendations
    Recommendation: The Commissioner of CBP should develop and implement a policy and related guidance for documenting arrangements with landowners, as needed, on Border Patrol's maintenance of roads it uses to conduct its operations, and share these documented arrangements with its sectors. (Recommendation 1)

    Agency: Department of Homeland Security: United States Customs and Border Protection
    Status: Open

    Comments: In October 2017, CBP concurred with our recommendation and in response stated that it will issue guidance to sector personnel in regards to maintenance of assets on private land. In November 2017, CBP noted that it was actively working to create a draft policy memo that will define coordination with landowners, where landowner agreements are stored, points of contact for questions, and procedures for coordinating with landowners on maintenance agreements.
    Recommendation: The Commissioner of CBP should clearly document the process and criteria for making decisions on funding non-owned operational requirements and communicate this process to Border Patrol sectors. (Recommendation 2)

    Agency: Department of Homeland Security: United States Customs and Border Protection
    Status: Open

    Comments: In September 2017, CBP concurred with our recommendation and stated that it will use the Capability Gap Analysis Process to validate its access and mobility requirements on a national level. The national priorities will be determined through requirements planning at Border Patrol stations. CBP noted that it will outline the process and criteria for making decisions on funding for non-owned operational requirements and communicate this process to Border Patrol sectors. In November 2017, CBP reported that Border Patrol has held several meetings with the Office of Facilities and Asset Management on how to document the prioritization of roads in need of maintenance and a process to depict those priorities. They have also discussed processes for communicating the process to the sectors. As a result, Border Patrol has begun to document the process and criteria for making decisions on funding non-owned operational requirements. In addition, in consultation with Border Patrol stations, Border Patrol will draft maintenance road priority lists, which will be adjusted as needed. The estimated completion date for CBP's efforts in September 2018. We will continue to follow-up on CBP's efforts to address this recommendation.
    Recommendation: The Commissioner of CBP should assess the feasibility of options for addressing the maintenance of nonfederal public roads. This should include a review of data needed to determine the extent of its reliance on non-owned roads for border security operations. (Recommendation 3)

    Agency: Department of Homeland Security: United States Customs and Border Protection
    Status: Open

    Comments: In September 2017, CBP concurred with this recommendation and stated that it will review data on the extent of Border Patrol's use of non-owned roads for border security operations and will develop a strategy that outlines options and assesses the feasibility of maintaining roads, as appropriate. In November 2017, CBP reported that a meeting has been scheduled to develop a strategy that outlines options for addressing the maintenance of non-owned roads used for border security operations; however, any such program would require Congressional approval for states and local governments to use federal funds to repair roads required by Border Patrol. We will continue to monitor CBP's progress to address this recommendation