"At least four primary areas of concern remain since the creation of the Secure Border Initiative amid its failed line of predecessors and recent program failures: (1) A lack of oversight of security contracts with defense contractors; (2) The contracts themselves favor over-spending and other abuses; (3) CBP does not seem able to staff contract oversight positions with qualified staff; and (4) A need for clear metrics by which to measure the achievements of these extremely expensive programs.
None of these documented concerns requires expensive solutions. They require that CBP leadership and management learn from their previous experiences with defense contractors, provide professional oversight of contracts, rely on the expertise available under DHS and, finally, identify stakeholders in Congress who share their security interests and perspectives. It also might help if Congress were to establish an independent DHS Immigration Enforcement Ombudsman with statutory authority to investigate the use and supervision of private contractors." - Nolan Rappaport and Robert Lee Maril, July 2013.