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March 27, 2017

Will the Trump Wall measure up?


Glenn Spencer -- March 27
2009 OIG Report
Progress in Addressing Secure Border Initiative Operational Requirements and Constructing the Southwest Border Fence 
   
In reviewing progress made in implementing the Secure Fence Act of 2006, a 2009 report by the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG-09-56).
    Progress in Addressing Secure Border Initiative Operational Requirements and Constructing the Southwest Border Fence included the following
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Recommendation #1
    
Require the Border Patrol to provide consistent and specific information in documenting its operational requirements for tactical infrastructure so that actual border fence construction can be linked to the Border Patrol's mission needs for operational control. (Page 13)
2012 GAO Report
    In 2012, a GAO Report (GAO-13-25) included the following:
 
    Recommendations for Executive Action
    To support the implementation of Border Patrol's 2012-2016 Strategic Plan and identify the resources needed to achieve the nation's strategic goal for securing the border, we recommend that the Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection ensure that the Chief of the Office of Border Patrol establish milestones and time frames for developing:
• a performance goal, or goals, for border security between the POEs that defines how border security is to be measured and
• a performance measure, or measures --- linked to a performance goal or goals --- for assessing progress made in securing the border between POEs and informing resource identification and allocation efforts. (page 40)

QUESTION: HOW WILL WE KNOW IF IT WORKS?
Glenn Spencer -- March 27
    With all of the press attention paid to the problems with the Trump Wall, I sure hope they ask if DHS/CBP is following the recommendations of the Office of Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office and setting performance goals and defining how border security is to be measured.

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