Past Features

July 27, 2017

Using a Metric: The Real
Battle over the Border

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American Border Patrol -- July 27, 2017
The most recent example of the issue of metrics
 
   This exchange between Congressman Luis Correa (D-Ca) and Rebecca Gambler of the GAO, occurred during a March 25 hearing of the House Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security.
    MR. CORREA: THANK YOU, MS GAMBLER. A RECENT GAO REPORT CONCLUDED THAT CBP LACKED THE METRICS NEEDED TO SHOW WHETHER OR HOW THE EXISTING BORDER WALL CONTRIBUTES TO BORDER SECURITY.
     DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH A MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR WALL BEFORE CBP CAN SHOW WHAT KIND OF RETURN TO TAXPAYERS WOULD GET ON THEIR INVESTMENT, IF ANY. AND IS IT POSSIBLY LESS COSTLY TO HAVE LESS INTRUSIVE BORDER SECURITY MEASURES THAT WOULD BE MORE EFFECTIVE?
    MS GAMBLER: RANKING MEMBER, THAT QUESTION GETS AT TWO KEY FINDINGS FROM GAO'S WORK ON INFRASTRUCTURE TECHNOLOGY ALONG THE BORDER.
    WE DO THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR CBP TO PUT METRICS IN PLACE FOR TACTICAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO INCLUDE THE FENCING THAT'S BEEN DEPLOYED, AS WELL AS TECHNOLOGY THAT I HAVE MENTIONED.

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