Customs and Border Protection to Hire 2,000

An agent leaves vehicle to conduct a foot patrol of an area near San Diego. An agent leaves vehicle to conduct a foot patrol of an area near San Diego. United States States Customs and Border Protection file photo

At a time of federal downsizing, the Customs and Border Protection website is displaying a prominent “Now Hiring” notice, part of a push to recruit 2,000 officers to be stationed at air, land and sea ports nationwide.

The new officers, approved as part of the Homeland Security Department’s fiscal 2014 appropriation, will be assigned to 44 ports in 18 states, according to a statement released on Thursday. Locations include New York; Los Angeles; Detroit; Buffalo, New York; Houston; Dallas; Chicago; Las Vegas; Laredo, Texas; Nogales, Arizona; and New Orleans.

CPB officers are required to wear uniforms and carry firearms as they fulfill duties in inspection; passenger and cargo analysis; and examination and law enforcement activities related to the arrival and departure of travelers, merchandise and conveyances such as cars, trucks, aircraft and ships at U.S. ports of entry, the agency said.

A January House summary put the CBP’s current appropriation at $10.6 billion, an increase of $110.6 million above the fiscal 2013 level. “This funding will allow for the highest operational force levels in history -- 21,370 Border Patrol agents and 23,775 CBP officers -- including an increase of 2,000 additional CBP officers slated for the nation’s busiest ports of entry,” it said. “The amount includes increases for CBP’s threat-targeting systems for needed improvements identified following the Boston Marathon attacks, such as enhancements to aid the identification of known and suspected terrorists and criminals.”

But the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents CBP, argues Congress needs to do more to protect the borders. At an April 8 hearing of the House Homeland Security Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, NTEU President Colleen Kelley called for a hike in customs and immigration user fees to bring the total number of CBP officers to 25,775.

“CBP will still face staffing shortages in fiscal 2015 and beyond,” she said. “If Congress is serious about job creation, then Congress should support enactment of legislation that increases (user fees) by $2 each and adjusts those fees annually to inflation.”

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

    Download
  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

    Download
  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

    Download
  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

    Download
  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

    Download
  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.