The latest border security plan prepared by DHS as required by Congress lacked much of the information Congress was seeking, including specific information on staffing needs at CBP and in other programs, the GAO has said.
GAO was examining compliance with the reporting requirements in the 2019 DHS appropriations law for a border security improvement plan, the latest in a series of four annual laws. It said that the most recent version, issued last August, missed the deadline in law by several months, “limiting its usefulness to Congress for oversight of border security initiatives and investments.” The three prior reports also were late, one of them by a full year.
GAO also said the latest plan further did not fully comply any of 11 specific requirements the law imposed, including one seeking “an identification of staffing requirements under the plan, including full-time equivalents, contractors, and detailed personnel, by activity.” GAO said the plan included only a reference to a staffing summary being developed and did not include specific requirements for any of the initiatives identified in the plan.
Said the report, “DHS officials provided various reasons for the incomplete and late submission of information” including that “identifying CBP-wide staffing requirements was deemed too lengthy of a process to include in the results in the 2019-2020 plan.”
It said that DHS generally concurred with its recommendation to provide the missing information.