Amid a strong warning from Congress, the Homeland Security Department last week conditionally accepted delivery of the first phase of a controversial electronic border fence from contractor Boeing Co., and awarded the company a $64 million contract to build the next phase, reports Government Executive. the first phase of the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet) is a high-tech surveillance system consisting of radars, cameras and ground sensors connected by a wireless satellite network along a 28-mile section in southern Arizona. known as Project 28. (See the Sep. 21 newsletter.) Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has been concerned about Boeings efforts to fix technical problems with the fence, including systems integration, rain-activating radars and a lag time in displaying video images from field cameras. Thompson was not convinced Boeing had fixed the bugs or if the fence was worth the investment. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said he believes Project 28 adds some value to the Border Patrol mission.