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CBP News

DHS not on track to deliver large-scale tech improvements

The Homeland Security Department will likely miss its 2015 deadline for modernizing the system it uses to screen foreigners entering the U.S.

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 11:48am EST

DHS' slow progress in centralizing acquisition frustrates Congress

Members of Congress are frustrated at what they see as a failure by the Department of Homeland Security to effectively manage the acquisition practices of its various components, leading to poorly defined requirements and wasted money. But DHS says some of the problems are of Congress' own making.

Monday - 09/23/2013, 06:03am EDT
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Illegal chicken skeletons: What's in your job description?

So what would you do if somebody gave you a gift of a pair of Chinese chicken skeletons? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks. Do you put them on the mantle, use them as a centerpiece or quietly re-gift? What Uncle Sam does is check them for bugs and return them to the sender.

Friday - 08/16/2013, 02:00am EDT

CBP upgrades its P-3 aircraft

Customs and Border Protection's P-3 aircraft are important parts of the agency's work along the southern border of the United States to stop drugs coming into the country.

Thursday - 08/08/2013, 02:27pm EDT

DHS awards $460 million IT contract to enhance border management

The Homeland Security Department's Border Management Systems Programs Office awarded a contract to Unisys to modernize its border-management systems.

Monday - 07/22/2013, 04:28pm EDT

Contracting dollars in border security

This week on the Capital Impact radio show, Bloomberg Government examines the law that requires the Defense Department to buy American when outfitting troops. Plus, which contractors will benefit the most from passage of an immigration bill?

Friday - 07/19/2013, 05:37am EDT
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Cities offer to pony up for shorter customs lines

Customs and Border Protection says it will put more resources into border crossings and customs terminals if the local communities pay for it.

Thursday - 07/11/2013, 08:23am EDT

Arrested student entered US without visa

One of three college students arrested Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombings case was allowed to return to the United States from Kazakhstan in January despite not having a valid student visa.

Thursday - 05/02/2013, 10:02am EDT

CBP postpones 60,000 furloughs, overtime cuts

In a reversal of course, U.S. Customs and Border Protection now says it is postponing employee furloughs and will continue to authorize overtime pay. The agency said it is "reevaluating" both the planned furloughs of its 60,000 employees and the elimination of administratively uncontrollable overtime, or AUO, because of new funding granted in the 2013 appropriations bill Congress passed last month.

Monday - 04/01/2013, 07:40pm EDT

Budget cuts border security, immigrant detention

Immigrants released from detention centers, border security scaled back amid budget cuts

Thursday - 03/28/2013, 05:38pm EDT

Immigrant groups sue federal border agencies

Customs and Border Protection faces a bevy of lawsuits from immigrant advocacy groups. They allege Border Patrol agents had an American citizen deported, stopped another only to do a "citizenship checkup" and beat up another so badly she had to go to the hospital.

Thursday - 03/14/2013, 08:42am EDT

Agencies suffering reductions in services even before furloughs occur

Employees at TSA, CBP and Bureau of Prisons will no longer be able to work overtime. SSA offers its employees a new round of early retirements to deal with budget shortfalls. AFGE continues to press Congress, White House to stop sequestration.

Thursday - 03/14/2013, 05:26am EDT
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CBP issues tens of thousands of furlough notices

In order to counter funding reductions due to sequestration, Customs and Border Protection has begun sending furlough notices to many of its 60,000 employees. An officer in the union representing CBP agents says these measures amount to a 40 percent reduction in salaries.

Friday - 03/08/2013, 12:35pm EST
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Just what do government workers do?

Ever wonder what feds who work at airports actually do? Many people complain that they mostly slow down important people, like us, who are on a mission or heading for vacation. But it turns out that they do some pretty dramatic and important stuff all the time, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 03/08/2013, 02:00am EST

Before furloughs, agencies must negotiate terms with unions

Customs and Border Protection became one of the first civilian agencies to notify the union that represents their employees that they want to begin discussing the implementation of furloughs under sequestration. NTEU and AFGE expect to hear from more agencies in the next two weeks if cuts from sequestration go into effect March 1.

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 06:36am EST
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Head of Customs and Border Protection is retiring

Deputy Commissioner David Aguilar says he will be leaving the federal law enforcement agency at the end of March.

Friday - 02/08/2013, 11:09pm EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 7, 2013

John Wagner of CBP talks about his agency's new customer service kiosk. Allyson Robinson of OutServe-SLDN discusses legal hurdles facing gay service members seeking equal treatment. Gary Barlet of USPS' Inspector General Office talks about smartphones and tablets. Greg Juneman of IFPTE discusses the impact of potential furloughs on members of his union. Former NASA CIO Molly O'Neill discusses Fed-RAMP security testing.

Thursday - 02/07/2013, 09:14am EST

Homeland Security secretary touts border safety

Napolitano says call for border safety before immigration reform is flawed argument

Wednesday - 02/06/2013, 10:06am EST

CBP brings automated services to more than just travel elite

Building on the success of its Global Entry program for pre-enrolled travelers, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has developed a self-service kiosk that anyone can use. John Wagner, executive director for Admissibility and Passenger Programs at CBP, tells Agency of the Month about this and other new technologies coming to an airport near you.

Tuesday - 02/05/2013, 04:23pm EST
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Gov't spent $18 billion on immigration enforcement

The Obama administration spent more money on immigration enforcement in the last fiscal year than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined, according to a report on the government's enforcement efforts from a Washington think tank.

Monday - 01/07/2013, 05:30pm EST
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