DHS will create a new strategic plan to address hiring, retention and other problems along the northern border, following an analysis ordered by a law enacted last year.

“The first of its kind in six years, the assessment recommended a formal update to its 2012 northern border strategy to begin addressing critical gaps in border security, including improving technology, and recruiting and retaining border security personnel,” said a statement from Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., who sponsored that law.

“The assessment calls for staffing, technology, and facility improvements to handle human trafficking and drug trafficking threats, unique security obstacles posed by a vast and diverse terrain, as well as other chronic difficulties,” said the statement, which described in general terms the findings and recommendations of the report, for which access is restricted.