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DHS IG says border surveillance system needs better integration

Although the Homeland Security Department has spent $429 million since 1998 to install video surveillance cameras and sensors at U.S. borders, the cameras are not fully integrated with the sensors and it is not clear whether the system is increasing border control productivity, according to a new report by DHS inspector general Richard L. Skinner. Overall, the surveillance procurement has been marred by delays, cost overruns and ineffective oversight, the IG found. The procurement problems resulted in more than $37 million in DHS funds being left in General Services Administration financial accounts, delays in bringing sites into operation and 168 incomplete remote video surveillance sites. Full Story

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