Press Release


Duncan to Hold Hearing on Efficiency of Modernizing Border Security IT–TOMORROW

Media Contact: Charlottee Sellmyer (202)266-8417

Tomorrow, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency will hold a hearing to examine the findings of a GAO report entitled, “DHS’s Efforts to Modernize Key Enforcement Systems Could be Strengthened.”

THURSDAY, February 6 at 10 a.m.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency

Examining Challenges and Wasted Taxpayer Dollars in Modernizing Border Security IT Systems

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Mr. David A. Powner, Director, Information Technology Management Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office;
  • Mr. Charles R. Armstrong, Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Information and Technology, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Thomas P. Michelli, Chief Information Officer, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) on the hearing: “This hearing will examine DHS’s efforts to modernize key information technology (IT) systems used by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), specifically the TECS modernization program. The TECS system helps determine the admissibility of persons to the U.S., secure the border and share information on security threats. In light of the Government Accountability Office’s recent report outlining missed deadlines and poor performance, this hearing will be an ideal time to shine a light on the efforts of CBP and ICE. Taxpayers cannot afford yet another IT boondoggle.”

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.