The Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, chaired by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), will hold a hearing entitled "DHS Information Technology: How Effectively Has DHS Harnessed IT to Secure Our Borders and Uphold Immigration Laws?" tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. in 311 Cannon House Office Building.
In fiscal year 2012, the Department of Homeland Security had an Information Technology (IT) budget of nearly $6 billion, and of that $1.68 billion was for programs CBP, ICE and USCIS considered to be major investments. Tomorrow's hearing will offer Members the opportunity to hear how these IT resources are being effectively utilized and how the Department is exercising proper management and oversight of its IT investments.
Subcommittee Chairman Duncan on the hearing: "DHS component agencies including CBP, ICE, and USCIS use critical information technology systems in their daily operations protecting the nation's borders, preventing terrorists from entering the U.S. and facilitating the legitimate flow of people and trade. GAO and the DHS Inspector General have identified numerous cases where the Department can improve its efforts to modernize and implement IT systems supporting our border agents and immigration officers. This hearing will give Members an important opportunity to hear from the Department on steps taken toward this end. In a tightening fiscal environment, it is important that DHS, CBP, ICE, and USCIS develop and use proven, effective IT systems to help maximize border security efforts and ensure the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws."