Border Security: Progress and Challenges in DHS's Efforts to Address High-Risk Travelers and Maritime Cargo

The National Strategy for Counterterrorism calls for a rapid and coordinated effort that uses U.S. government resources to mitigate threats to homeland security. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contributes to the U.S. government’s efforts to combat terrorism and works to prevent inadmissible travelers and cargo from entering the United States. DHS’s overseas efforts include ensuring visa security, inspecting passengers prior to boarding U.S.-bound flights, and identifying high-risk cargo shipments. This statement by Rebecca Gambler, Director Homeland Security and Justice addresses (1) the extent to which DHS has aligned resource use abroad with strategic priorities and (2) selected DHS programs abroad aimed at preventing high-risk travelers and maritime containerized cargo from entering the United States. This statement is based on prior products the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued from 2008 through January 2015, along with selected updates conducted in May 2015 to obtain information from DHS on actions it has taken to address prior GAO recommendations. GAO previously made recommendations to DHS to inform its resource deployment abroad and strengthen screening and targeting programs. DHS agreed with GAO’s recommendations to inform resource deployment abroad and has actions planned or underway to address them. DHS did not agree with some of GAO’s recommendations related to the Visa Security Program (VSP); GAO continues to maintain that all of these recommendations should be addressed.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 23p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01567396
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO-15-668T
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 2 2015 3:27PM