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A nonpartisan government watchdog says it can’t currently determine whether building President Trump’s southern border wall is the most effective use of federal funds, and that the project is at an “increased risk” of costing “more than projected.”
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report outlining concerns about the cost and effectiveness of one of the president’s signature campaign promises. Mr. Trump originally said Mexico would pay for the wall, but has since threatened a government shutdown if he doesn’t get the $25 billion he wants to build the wall and boost border security.
The article goes on to state the following:
So far, the president has received only a small portion of that funding from Congress, which is wary of launching a battle over immigration ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Contractors have already built wall prototypes for U.S Customs and Border Protection, which is under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security, after Mr. Trump issued an executive order immediately after taking office directing the homeland security secretary to plan, design and build physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“DHS plans to spend billions of dollars developing and deploying new barriers along the southwest border,” GAO concluded in its report. “However, by proceeding without key information on cost, acquisition baselines, and the contributions of previous barrier and technology deployments, DHS faces an increased risk that the Border Wall System Program will cost more than projected, take longer than planned, or not fully perform as expected.”
“Without assessing costs when prioritizing locations for future barriers, CBP does not have complete information to determine whether it is using its limited resources in the most cost-effective manner and does not have important cost information that would help it develop future budget requests. Without documenting plans to require CBP to follow the DHS acquisition process for the San Diego barrier segment, DHS may not establish cost, schedule, and performance goals by which it can measure the program’s progress.”
GAO recommended that the CBP commissioner analyze the costs associated with future barrier segments along the border and include cost as a factor in its prioritization strategy. The government watchdog also said DHS’ undersecretary for management should document its plans to follow DHS’ acquisition cycle.
CBP is planning physical barriers along the southwest border, but we found that it didn’t analyze costs when prioritizing locations for future barriers. Without this information, CBP can’t ensure cost-effectiveness. Listen to our #podcast: https://t.co/JyqMQO60Zf pic.twitter.com/Tf3jWoIxlF
— U.S. GAO (@USGAO) August 6, 2018
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