GAO: SBI Spending Plan Misses Congressional Conditions

The GAO did not make any recommendation for Congressional action.
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The Government Accountability Office on Friday said that the expenditure plan submitted bi the Department of Homeland Security for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Secure Border Initiative did not fully satisfy nine of the 12 conditions set by Congress for some $400 million in funding.

That’s a major chunk of the $775 million appropriated for the border fencing infrastructure and technology. The GAO did not make any recommendation for Congressional action.

GAO also noted it did not consider additional information submitted by DHS that DHS said would show it has satisfies three of the nine conditions GAO pegged as unmet.

Among the deficiencies: GAO said DHS had only partially satisfied a broad condition calling for a detailed accounting of the program’s implementation to date; an explicit plan of action on meeting future commitments; a description on how the project deals with the nation’s Northern border (although CBP did announce more details on the Northern border in late March); and others.

The SBI project includes SBInet (technology projects such as sensors and remote video installations) and SBI Tactical Infrastucture (including fencing and road and vegetation management).

The complete GAO report is here.


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