Press Release


POSTPONED: Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee Hearing on Arizona Border Technology

Media Contact: Charlotte Sellmyer 9202) 226-8417

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee hearing entitled “The Arizona Border Surveillance Technology Plan and its Impact on Border Security” has been postponed to a date and time to be announced.

TUESDAY, March 4 at 10 a.m.   POSTPONED

Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security

The Arizona Border Surveillance Technology Plan and its Impact on Border Security 311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Mr. Mark Borkowski, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Ms. Rebecca Gambler, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) on the hearing: “Since 2005, the Department of Homeland Security, through its Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet) program, has worked to incorporate cutting edge detection and surveillance technology along the southwest border. The initial plan called for a remote surveillance system to be completed by 2013 at an estimated cost of $8 billion. Unfortunately, the program which was cancelled in 2011, was plagued with procurement and technological problems. 

“On Tuesday, we will hear from Customs and Border Protection and the Government Accountability Office about current and future border surveillance plans and their impact on our border security. Specifically, I am interested in hearing about the lessons learned from previous failures and how, going forward, we can ensure taxpayer dollars provide tangible, measurable results when it comes to securing our border.”

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.