Past Features

May 2, 2017

Government Accountability Office
Does anyone hold them accountable?

Jan. 28, 2013: From left: Acting Tucson Sector Chief Salazar, Rep. Barber, GAO author Gambler --- Photo by Cynthia for American Border Patrol
GAO -- May 1, 2017
Border Security:
Additional Actions Could Strengthen DHS Efforts to Address Subterranean, Aerial, and Maritime Smuggling
    GAO's analysis of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data showed that there were 67 discovered cross-border tunnels, 534 detected ultralight aircraft incursions, and 309 detected drug smuggling incidents involving panga boats (a fishing vessel) and recreational vessels along U.S. mainland borders from fiscal years 2011 through 2016. The number of known smuggling events involving these methods generally declined over this period, but they remain threats.
    For more information, contact Rebecca Gambler at (202) 512-8777 or

Glenn Spencer -- May 2, 2017
The silence of the swamp?
  On Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, I attended a town hall meeting held by then Rep. Ron Barber where I met and spoke with Rebecca Gambler of the Government Accountability Office.
    I personally handed her my report that showed how technology could be used to establish border accountability. The technology can also detect low flying aircraft and tunneling. I found no reference to this technology in her most recent report on tunneling and low flying aircraft.
    Later that same year I briefed Mark Borkowski, head of CBP's Office Technology Innovation and Acquisition, on the same technology --- but there was no interest.
    Apparently, he was too busy spending money on the new Integrated Fixed Towers.
    On May 24, 2016, Borkowski explained the problem of detecting ultralights to Rep. McSally, Chairwoman of a border subcommittee.
    Watch this report on this exchange --- you won't believe it.
    Is this the silence of the swamp?