GAO: Trump Admin Proceeding Without Full Analysis of Border Wall

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By Mark Swanson

The General Accountability Office (GAO) says the Trump administration is proceeding on the designs and locations of the border wall despite not having competed a full analysis of the varying costs. “By proceeding without key information on cost, acquisition baselines, and the contributions of previous barrier and technology deployments, DHS faces an increased risk that the Border Wall System Program will cost more than projected, take longer than planned, or not fully perform as expected,” GAO said in its report, dated July 30 but released to the public Monday. “Without assessing costs when prioritizing locations for future barriers, CBP does not have complete information to determine whether it is using its limited resources in the most cost-effective manner and does not have important cost information that would help it develop future budget requests,” the GAO wrote. The GAO is recommending that the Department of Homeland Security “analyze the costs associated with future barrier segments and include that analysis in future planning, and document plans for the planned secondary barrier replacement in the San Diego sector.