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The Department of Homeland Security is required by law to report annually on 43 specific measures of border security effectiveness. We regularly assess the quality of its reports.
DHS reported on more of the metrics—37 out of the 43—in its 2019 report than it has previously.
Each year, we make more than 1,000 recommendations to help improve the federal government. We alert department heads to the recommendations where they can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve government operations.
In 2020, Medicare spent about $9 billion on wheelchairs, oxygen, and other durable medical equipment.
To save money and reduce fraud, Medicare implemented a competitive bidding program for suppliers to provide certain items in different geographic areas.
According to the Transportation Security Administration, the threat of explosives in air cargo coming into the United States is significant. TSA requires air carriers to x-ray or screen the cargo by other means before it enters the country.
In recent years, some U.S. citizens have claimed they were mistakenly identified as foreign nationals and detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or held by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on immigration charges.
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.
Federal agencies (such as Customs and Border Protection and the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service) oversee inspections at U.S. ports of entry to protect U.S. agriculture from pests and diseases.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agents encounter substances they suspect are illicit drugs at ports and along the borders. "Presumptive field tests" can help them identify these substances using various tools, such as color-changing test kits and handheld electronic testing devices.