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CBP issues memo on hiring to comply with EO 13767

  1. Date Announced

    Feb. 17, 2017

    CBP memo outlines hiring needs to comply with Executive Order 13767 "Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements," and asks for new authorities and appropriations to meet the staffing provisions directed by the EO. Requests direct hiring authority, as well as authority to set pay, regulate the type and level of background investigations, pilot an alternative polygraph test, and expand polygraph waivers, among others. [ID #250]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Feb. 17, 2017
  3. Subsequent Action

    July 26, 2018

    Border Patrol has experienced difficulties hiring law enforcement personnel and complains that the polygraph requirements are an impediment to the hiring process. The DHS Inspector General conducted an audit of the CBP polygraph program from FY 2013 to FY 2016 and found the complaints to be ambiguous or unfounded.

    DHS Inspector General Report: Most Complaints about CBP's Polygraph Program are Ambiguous or Unfounded
  4. Subsequent Action

    December 6, 2018

    In November 2017, CBP awarded Accenture a $297 million contract to help meet the demands of recruiting and hiring agents and officers under the President’s January 25, 2017 Executive Order, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements. In its first year, CBP’s contract with Accenture has already taken longer to deploy and delivered less capability than promised. Accenture is nowhere near satisfying its 7,500-person hiring goal over the next 5 years. Further, CBP has used significant staffing and resources to help Accenture do the job for which it was contracted. As such, we are concerned that CBP may have paid Accenture for services and tools not provided. Without addressing the issues we have identified, CBP risks wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on a hastily approved contract that is not meeting its proposed performance expectations.

    Management Alert - CBP Needs to Address Serious Performance Issues on the Accenture Hiring Contract

Commentary

Why Is Congress proposing to increase Customs and Border Protection corruption?

Op-ed by former head of CBP Internal Affairs opposing loosening polygraph requirements

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