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December 16, 2005

Border surveillance hearing today with DHS IG

Filed under: Border Security — by Christian Beckner on December 16, 2005

The House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing today on Mismanagement of the Border Surveillance System with DHS Inspector General Richard Skinner as the key witness. His testimony is available here, and the FCW story on the hearing is here.

The seven recommendations from his testimony:

1. Maximize integration opportunities and ensure that future remote surveillance technology investments and upgrades can be integrated;
2. Standardize the process for collecting, cataloging, processing, and reporting intrusion and response data;
3. Develop and apply performance measures to evaluate whether current and future technology solutions are providing force-multiplication benefits and increasing response effectiveness;
4. Continue to work with GSA to resolve contract related claims, financially reconcile funding provided to GSA, and obtain the return of the unused funds to DHS;
5. Develop strategies to streamline the site selection, site validation, and environmental assessment process to minimize delays of installing surveillance technology infrastructure;
6. Expand the shared use of existing private and governmental structures to install remote surveillance technology infrastructure where possible; and
7. Continue to identify and deploy the use of non-permanent or mobile surveillance platforms.

All good recommendations, and hopefully ones that DHS will seriously consider as it develops its plans for the Secure Border Initiative.

Update: Washington Technology story on the report.

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December 20, 2005 @ 8:21 pm

[…] The DHS Inspector General report on remote surveillance technology along land borders – discussed in this post last week – has now been posted on the OIG’s website. The direct link is here. […]

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