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Army Corps of Engineers received DOD and other funds to construct barriers on the southwest U.S. border. With tight time frames to award some of the DOD-funded construction contracts, the Corps:
Awarded $4.3 billion in noncompetitive contracts.
An executive order directed the Department of Homeland Security to plan, design, and construct additional barriers along the southwest border in Jan. 2017. Private landowners own a portion of the land that the government needs to construct the barriers.
In 2018, the administration released its government-wide reform plan aimed at making the federal government more efficient and effective. The Office of Management and Budget oversees the proposals with support from other lead agencies.
The number of people U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended on the southwest border more than doubled to 850,000 from FY 2018 to 2019.
CBP hired a contractor to put up a temporary facility in Tornillo, Texas, capable of holding 2,500.
U.S. airports collectively received $14 billion annually (on average) for infrastructure projects between fiscal years 2013-2017.
Their three largest funding sources are:
Funding from federal Airport Improvement Program grants
Revenue from passenger fees
What GAO Found Fiscal year 2013 sequestration reduced funding to selected components of federal agencies and their program partners—such as state and local governments—that assist in carrying out agency missions.