*Hearing Advisory* Measuring Outcomes to Understand the State of Border Security

Mar 19, 2013 Issues: Defense and Homeland Security

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, will hold a hearing on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at 10:00am entitled, “Measuring Outcomes to Understand the State of Border Security.”

Chairman Miller said: “How we look at border security should be based on these three questions:  What does a secure border look like?  How do we get there?  And how can we measure it?  In our Subcommittee’s first hearing we focused on the principal characteristics of what a secure border looks like – and on Wednesday, we will examine what is perhaps the most important piece: how to measure border security outcomes.  Without a means to determine success or failure, there is no way to know if our border security efforts are worthwhile.

“In the past, we have based our understanding of border security progress on how much technology or personnel we have on the border, or how many linear miles of border were under operational control.  Making sure the Department has the resources it needs is absolutely vital; however, that singular focus cannot be a sound basis for determining how secure our borders are, let alone justification for immigration policy decisions.  It is time to change the conversation.  The Department officials have been telling us for years that a new holistic measure, called the Border Condition Index (BCI), is on its way. Nearly three years later the Department has not produced this measure, so at this hearing we will be asking for a status of the BCI, what measures it will take into account and when it might be ready.”

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20th at 10:00am in 311 Cannon.  Live webcast will begin at the start of the hearing.
Witness:

Michael Fisher, Chief, Office of Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection
Kevin McAleenan, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, Customs and Border Protection
Mark Borkowski, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Technology Innovation & Acquisition, Customs and Border Protection

When:        10:00am, Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Where:      311 Cannon House Office Building,
                   Washington, DC

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