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Controlling Alien Admission - Introduction - Data Management Improvement Act Task Force - Recommendations to Congress

In 2000, the United States Congress passed the Immigration and Naturalization Service Data Management Improvement Act. This Act created a task force to consider how to improve traffic at U.S. ports of entry while also enhancing national security. Two years later, this function was transferred to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The legislation set forth four areas of consideration for the Task Force: electronic entry/exit systems; information technology enhancement; systems and data collection and distribution; facilities and infrastructure evaluation; and cooperation across governments, as well as the public and private sectors. The Task Force members included representatives from federal agencies, state and local governments, and private organizations.
In late 2003, the Task Force released its most recent annual report, focusing on the issues of cooperation and coordination, facilities and infrastructure, and interoperability of information technology. The Task Force gathered information on these issues using agency briefings, site visits, and stakeholder meetings. As a result, 12 recommendations were generated. These recommendations were presented to Congress in report form.
The recommendations included that Congress:
  • Provide funding adequate to support facilities and infrastructure, taking into account both the growth in traffic at ports of entry and proposed inspection procedure changes.
  • Establish a panel to make recommendations about how best to recruit and retain qualified border management workers.
  • Review agencies not within the DHS to ensure that their border functions were coordinated with DHS responsibilities.
  • Research and expand initiatives to facilitate the movement of legitimate objects of trade and travelers.
  • Consult with state and local governments and industry about immigration and national security policy, ideally before implementation.
  • Establish centers to coordinate national security and first responder efforts, including not only federal, state, and local government officials but also industry partners and foreign governments.
  • Create an information technology system master plan that ensures the compatibility of its components and its ability to accommodate change.