Contract award 'imminent' for virtual border fence - Tucson News Now

Contract award 'imminent' for virtual border fence

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

We could be just days away from finding out who will build a new and supposedly improved version of the virtual border fence.

A Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said a contract award is imminent for the Integrated Fixed Tower Program.

The first virtual fence tested outside Tucson a few years ago cost a billion dollars and never worked. The new one is supposed to use off-the-shelf components that work out of the box.

The contract was supposed to be awarded late last year but was delayed by the government shutdown.

GAO report: Preliminary Observations on the Status of Key Southwest Border Technology Programs: http://1.usa.gov/NvJiqx 

GAO report: SECURE BORDER INITIATIVE: DHS Needs to Reconsider Its Proposed Investment in Key Technology Program: http://1.usa.gov/NvJKoK 

Testimony of Office of Technology, Innovation, and Acquistion (sic) ... Before the United States House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, "After SBInet - the Future of Technology on the Border": http://1.usa.gov/1cqoPst 

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