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10:49 am, October 30, 2014

CBP News

OSC targets Hatch Act violations at IRS, improper hiring at CBP

A customer service representative at the IRS who repeatedly greeted taxpayers calling a help-line with a chant urging President Barack Obama's re-election in 2012 could now be facing significant disciplinary action, according to the Office of Special Counsel. It's one of three cases of improper political activity at the agency recently uncovered by OSC. Meanwhile, three career officials at Customs and Border Protection are under fire by OSC for allegedly manipulating the hiring process to install job candidates favored by political leadership into career appointments.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 03:45pm EDT

Melanie Roe, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Public Affairs, CBP

Customs and Border Protection has completed an online metamorphosis. The agency has a new and improved website. Melanie Roe, assistant commissioner of the Office of Public Affairs at CBP, talked to In Depth with Francis Rose.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 06:00pm EDT
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Border Security Expo showcases high-tech wares

Border Security Expo ongoing with discussion of transparency and exhibits of high-tech wares

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 11:50am EDT

Homeland Security awards contract for border towers

The Homeland Security Department has awarded a $145 million contract for a series of border security towers to be built along the Mexican border in Arizona.

Thursday - 02/27/2014, 07:30pm EST

Obama pushes agencies to streamline export-import process

President Barack Obama is pushing the dozens of agencies that have a hand in the export-import process to speed up processing times and eliminate redundant paperwork requests that hamper companies seeking to export American-made products. Currently, businesses interested in importing or exporting goods must submit reams of paperwork to as many as 48 different federal agencies.

Wednesday - 02/19/2014, 04:25pm EST

ICE to restart a key element of $800 million, multiyear IT program

Agency officials said Thursday that they will switch from a custom-built to a commercial-off-the-shelf approach to modernize TECS, a mainframe system that has been operating for more than a quarter of a century. ICE spent more than $60 million before deciding to change directions after realizing the custom-built approach wouldn't work.

Monday - 02/10/2014, 04:04am EST
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New leadership at DHS cracks down on overtime abuse at CBP

Union and CBP officials call for reform of outdated OT pay system, saying the purpose of Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime was misinterpreted.

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 02:28pm EST
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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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