Miller to Hold Hearing on Measuring Border Security Outcomes

Mar 19, 2013 Issues: Border Security

Washington, D.C. – The Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, chaired by Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), will hold a hearing entitled “Measuring Outcomes to Understand the State of Border Security” tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in 311 Cannon House Office Building.
 
Tomorrow’s hearing will examine the status of the Border Condition Index (BCI) and further examine outcome-based ways to measure the state of border security. Members will also have to opportunity to hear what steps the Department is taking to implement the holistic border security measurements it promised to introduce.
 
Subcommittee Chairman Miller on the hearing: “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.
 
“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. 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.”
 
WEDNESDAY, March 20 at 10:00 a.m.
Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security
Measuring Outcomes to Understand the State of Border Security
311 Cannon House Office Building
Witness List:
·         Mr. Michael J. Fisher, Chief, Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
·         Mr. Kevin McAleenan, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
·         Mr. Mark Borkowski, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
·         Hon. Veronica Escobar, El Paso County Judge, El Paso, Texas
 
*Opening statements, witness testimony, and the live video feed will be available HERE.
 

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