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1:24 am, January 27, 2015

CBP News

John Roth, Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security

Eight years after unmanned aircraft became a part of border security, the effectiveness of the program remains a question mark. A new Homeland Security inspector general audit reveals, Customs and Border Protection never developed performance measures. Investigators found aircraft don't meet flight goals. And, CBP has way undercalculated flight costs. John Roth is the Inspector General at Homeland Security. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the report and the future of the drone program.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:31am EST
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Wolf Tombe, CTO, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Not a day goes by when working people don't touch high technology in one form or another. Wolfe Tombe is the chief technology officer for U.S. Customs and Border Protections. He was one of the two keynote speakers at the government conference at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. He also spent a lot of time on the show floor. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain exactly what a federal CTO does, and how the position differs from that of a Chief Information Officer.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 09:33am EST
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Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

When President Barack Obama issued his executive action on immigration, a lot of the work fell to the Homeland Security Department. Customs and Border Protection certainly received its share thanks to new rules for deferred actions on parents of Americans and lawful permanent residents (DAPA). Part of that work means making sure illegal or undocumented immigrants understand the rules and who they apply to. Gil Kerlikowske, the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how CBP is handling the executive action.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:35am EST
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5,500 women apply to join border patrol

Customs and Border Protection received more than 5,000 applications from women to join the border patrol. The hiring surge is part of a CBP effort to bring more women into all levels of the agency, CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske told Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 10:15am EST
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Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection

Customs and Border Protection has been steadily increasing its number of agents. But recently the agency commissioned a recruitment drive aimed at boosting the ranks of female agents. Only about 5 percent of CBP's 21,000 agents are women. But with more and more women trying to cross the Mexican border, CBP officials think having more women agents could help. Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the agency's push to hire more female agents, starting with the results of its recruitment drive.

Monday - 12/29/2014, 07:24am EST
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Congress OKs Border Patrol overtime pay reform bill

The goal of S. 1691, or the 2014 Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act, is to address and streamline Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO), the extra pay agents receive when their work demands they remain on the job beyond scheduled hours.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 04:07pm EST

What will the President's immigration plan mean for CBP, ICE employees?

John Adler of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association wondered what impact President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration would have on the resources of CBP and ICE officers.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 05:40pm EST
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Jon Adler, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association

The President's executive order on immigration includes a reorganization plan for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It creates three new law enforcement task forces along the U.S.-Mexico border. Jon Adler is national president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he predicted how the 10-point plan from the White House might affect his members.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 04:14pm EST
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President's immigration plan pushes DHS to restructure personnel, tighten border security

Under President Obama's executive order on immigration, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson released a slew of memos outlining the agency's push to reform its personnel structure, review premium pay, and better secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 08:33am EST

Online Chat: Ask the CIO with CBP's Charlie Armstrong

Charlie Armstrong, the chief information officer at Customs and Border Protection, joins Federal News Radio to discuss his IT priorities, cloud computing, securing networks and systems, and workforce and morale issues, among other topics.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 01:00pm EDT

AFGE questions Ebola protection efforts for frontline feds

The American Federation of Government Employees wants mandatory safety guidelines for federal Ebola responders. Those include nurses, doctors and employees at agencies including the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection. Among the union's priorities are better communication between agencies and universal protocols.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 04:59pm EDT
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Hacks, CDM continue to push cyber to forefront of CIOs' priorities

A new Federal News Radio survey of federal chief information officers and deputy CIOs found cyber above all else is the top priority. Charlie Armstrong, the CIO for Customs and Border Protection, said his focus is to protect the data first and foremost and his systems a very close second.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:39pm EDT
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Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

You might say Customs and Border Protection had a busy summer. The agency had to deal with a surge of unaccompanied minors. Tens of thousands of them flooded across the Mexican border. CBP handled all it with limited funding. It also faced claims that agents used excessive force at detention centers and against people trying to cross into the United States illegally. Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the next steps.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 03:32pm EDT
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Rebecca Gambler, Homeland Security & Justice Issues Director, GAO

The drone fleet at Customs and Border Protection isn't big, but the law states that very strict oversight from the Homeland Security Department and CBP is important. Rebecca Gambler is director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said Congress mandated a look at CBP's drone program.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 04:13pm EDT
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Shawn Moran, Vice President, National Border Patrol Council

Relief is coming to border patrol agents on the Mexican border. Congress is boosting spending for Customs and Border Protection to deal with unaccompanied minors. The agency will have the flexibility to hire more agents and staff at detention centers. Plus, the flood of illegal immigrants has slowed down, at least for now. Shawn Moran is vice president of the National Border Patrol Council. He gave Tom Temin an on-the-ground view of what's going on at the border on the Federal Drive.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 11:44am EDT
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Dana Leigh Marks, National Association of Immigration Judges

Congress left town ignoring the Obama administration's request for more funding to deal with illegal immigration. Dana Leigh Marks is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges and an immigration judge in San Francisco. When we spoke with her at the peak of the surge across the Southern border in July, she described her work as handling death-penalty cases with traffic court resources. She gave an update on the situation on the Federal Drive with guest host Emily Kopp.

Friday - 09/26/2014, 12:17pm EDT
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CBP: 155 force cases need more review

Mark Morgan, interim head of Customs and Border Protection's internal affairs office, said there was no timeline to complete the review and Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske had not decided what information to release on individual cases. One case resulted in a death.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 07:40pm EDT

Report: Border Patrol homes cost $680,000 each

Report: Government paid nearly $700,000 per home for Border Patrol housing project in Arizona

Friday - 09/12/2014, 04:23am EDT

Crisis on the border

Fred Burton, vice president for Intelligence at Stratfor, will discuss a wide range of border security issues with host Derrick Dortch.
August 22, 2014

Friday - 08/22/2014, 07:19pm EDT
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Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Wachtel

Customs and Border Protection has been called a corrupt, narcissistic, paramilitary security force. The man leveling these charges is the former head of internal affairs. James Tomsheck was recently transferred after saying the agency has been untruthful about circumstances involving fatal shootings by Border Patrol agents. Lynne Bernabei is a civil rights attorney with the law firm Bernabei & Wachtel. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this case of a high level whistleblower.

Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:37am EDT
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