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GAO: Guidance Needed to Manage US Border Patrol Tech Assist Data Quality

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The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the U.S. Border Patrol agency craft guidance to manage data on the contributions of technology platforms or other assets to secure the southwest border.

GAO said Thursday it found that Border Patrol lacks “sufficient” guidance to validate the usability, reliability and accuracy of asset assists data that agents collect.

As of October, Border Patrol implemented multiple technologies such as mobile or remote video surveillance systems, integrated fixed towers, sensors, radars and cameras designed to increase security along the four southwest border states, GAO noted.

The government audit agency noted that border technology deployment programs have faced delays and that Border Patrol currently works to address cost and schedule challenges.

Border Patrol officials told GAO they will use the agency’s requirements management process to plan for future deployment of security systems along the border.

The agency is also producing a written RMP guidance document to outline the roles and responsibilities of station personnel throughout the process.

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