CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, November 27, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 6025, the Mandatory Operational Control Reporting and Performance Measures Act of 2012, as amended, under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The bill was introduced by Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) on June 26, 2012, and referred to the Committees on Homeland Security and Judiciary. The following Legislative Digest is based on the text of the bill as posted on the House Majority Leader’s website.
The bill would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit to Congress, as part of DHS’s Annual Performance Report, an update on the number of miles of the international land and maritime border between the United States and Canada and the United States and Mexico that are under DHS operational control. The bill would require the Secretary to report to Congress the estimated number of unlawful entries along the international land and maritime borders of the United States. The bill would also require the Secretary to make the data and methodology used to compile the statistics available to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Lastly, the bill would require the Secretary to use the same terminology and methodology as is used in the Department’s Annual Performance Reports for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2010, until an alternate terminology and methodology is required by an Act of Congress, or is certified as suitable and statistically valid by a Department of Energy national laboratory with prior expertise in border security.
A 2011 GAO report stated that “Border Patrol reported achieving varying levels of operational control for 873 of the nearly 2,000 southwest border miles at the end of fiscal year 2010,” or 44 percent.
According to the bill’s sponsor, in 2010, the Department of Homeland Security stopped reporting to Congress on the number of miles under operational control as it considered developing an alternative metric to report on border security. Neither operational control statistics nor a new border security measurement system has been reported to the Congress since 2010.
A CBO score of H.R. 6025 was not available as of press time.