Workforce

Biden Deploys Thousands to the Border, and Some of the New Assignments Aren't Optional

At least some staff at the departments of Homeland Security and Defense are facing mandatory assignments as an expected migrant surge strains resources.

Management

What Will -- and Won’t -- Change for Federal Agencies With the End of the COVID Health Emergency

A look at how we got here and what’s ahead for federal agencies and workers now that the pandemic emergency is over.

Management

Mass Turnover and Retirements Could Soon Plague the Overtaxed DHS Workforce, IG Warns

Workforce burdens are likely to escalate as Homeland Security secretary warns of "extremely challenging" period to begin next week.

Management

Lawmakers Make a Renewed Effort to Crack Down on Traffickers Sending Opioids Through USPS

The Biden administration should stop giving countries a free pass to avoid fentanyl detection measures, bipartisan pair says.

Workforce

'I Do Not Have Enough Agents,' a Border Chief Tells Congress

At contentious hearing, all sides largely agree the southwest border needs more federal resources.

Management

Senators Make Bipartisan Push to Unload or Upgrade Federal Property

Excess federal space could be leased to solar companies or universities, lawmakers say.

Management

DHS' New Limited Policy on Vehicle Chases Brings Hope for Ending Unnecessary Deaths

Nearly 100 individuals have died in car chases with federal border personnel over the last dozen years.

Oversight

Joe Biden Tours El Paso for First Border Visit of His Presidency

He was greeted by Gov. Greg Abbott upon arrival at the El Paso airport. Abbott has been a chief critic of Biden’s immigration policies and has frequently called on him to visit the border over the past year.

Management

Biden Announces More Resources for the Border as He Aims to Further Restrict Illegal Crossings

The administration will also expand humanitarian programs, though staffing shortfalls could hurt implementation.

Management

Expected Migrant Increase to Put Already Strained Federal Border Resources to the Test

With the policy known as Title 42 coming to an end, the Biden administration is turning to employees already "stressed beyond anything they have ever experienced."

Management

Mayorkas in El Paso: U.S. Immigration System Is Broken

As El Paso struggled to cope with a growing migration crisis, the DHS chief said immigration and asylum systems were broken, but provided few public details of the administration’s plans to fix things.

Management

House GOP Pledges to Prioritize More Border Personnel in New Congress

Republicans preview how they will address rising border crossings once they control the House.

Workforce

DHS Is Deploying More Employees to the Border, and Some Are Growing Tired of It

Some deployments have become mandatory as the administration prepares for an expected uptick in work at the border.

Oversight

Arizona's Governor and the Federal Government Are Battling Over Shipping Containers at the Border

Using old shipping containers isn’t a permanent or effective solution to secure the southern border, as state and Yuma officials know. Now, the political stunt is embroiled in a legal battle with the federal government.

Management

Republicans Call for the Resignation of a Key DHS Official They Claim Is 'Unengaged'

The component chief is facing allegations of failing to engage with his agency and falling asleep during meetings.

Management

Do U.S. Border Officials Ask Travelers if They’ve Had Abortions?

An Australian tourist alleged that a border official asked about her abortion history. The ACLU and other advocates are more concerned agents aren’t meeting the health needs of pregnant immigrants and infants in border facilities.