Sunday, January 11, 2015

CBP Drones are Dubious Achievers: Homeland Security Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, January 6, 2015
For Information Contact: Public Affairs (202) 254-4100

CBP Drones are Dubious Achievers

After spending eight years and hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has yet to prove the value of its Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) program while drastically understating the costs, according to a new report by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG). Based on its findings, OIG recommends that CBP abandon plans to spend $443 million more on additional aircraft and put those funds to better use.

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Unmanned Aircraft System Program Does Not Achieve Intended Results or Recognize All Costs of Operations,” the OIG’s second audit of the program since 2012, found the effort by CBP’s Office of Air and Marine (OAM) still has no reliable method of measuring its performance and that its impact in stemming illegal immigration has been minimal.[...]

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