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SBInet Faces Congress Thursday

Several members of Congress suggested the complete scrapping of the SBInet program.

SBInet–the problem-plagued and now suspended “virtual fence” for America’s borders–will run the gauntlet of the US House Homeland Security Committee on Thursday, June 17, at 10 a.m. (Eastern).

More specifically, the hearing, “SBInet: Does it Pass the Border Security Test? Part II” will be a joint effort of the Subcommittee on Management, Investigations, and Oversight and Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism.

Scheduled witnesses are:

Randolph C. Hite, director of IT Architecture & Systems Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office (A GAO report this past winter said that as many os 70 percent of tests on the system were skewed);

Mark Borkowski, executive director of SBInet, who last year told reporters that successive upgrades to the system of cameras, sensors and operations centers were analogous to upgrades of Microsoft Windows;

Michael J. Fisher, chief of the U.S. Border Patrol;

Timothy E. Peters, vice president and general manager of Global Security Systems at The Boeing Company, which has been consistently tight-lipped about the program;

Several members of Congress suggested the complete scrapping of the SBInet program, citing cost overruns and delays. Others say this is exactly the time NOT to ditch it and start over.

The hearing will be webcast.

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