Border Security: DHS Could Strengthen Efforts to Establish Collaborative Mechanisms and Assess Use of Resources

Securing U.S. borders is the responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in collaboration with other federal, state, local, and tribal entities. Within DHS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the lead agency for border security and is responsible for, among other things, keeping terrorists and their weapons, criminals and their contraband, and inadmissible aliens out of the country. In recent years, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has reported on a variety of DHS collaborative mechanisms and efforts to assess its use of border security resources. This statement by Rebecca Gambler, Director, Homeland Security and Justice, addresses (1) DHS’s efforts to implement collaborative mechanisms along the southwest border and (2) DHS’s efforts to assess its use of resources and programs to secure the southwest border. This statement is based on GAO reports and testimonies issued from September 2013 through February 2017 that examined DHS efforts to enhance border security and assess the effectiveness of its border security operations. GAO’s reports and testimonies incorporated information GAO obtained by examining DHS collaborative mechanisms, reviewing CBP policies and procedures for coordinating use of assets, analyzing DHS data related to enforcement programs, and interviewing relevant DHS officials. GAO has previously made numerous recommendations to DHS to improve the function of collaborative mechanisms and use of resources for border security, and DHS has generally agreed. DHS has taken actions or described planned actions to address the recommendations, which GAO will continue to monitor.


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  • Accession Number: 01633595
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO-17-495T
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 28 2017 4:50PM