Union backs more CBP hiring
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jun 06, 2019
The National Treasury Employees Union has gotten behind an appropriations bill measure to surge hiring at Customs and Border Protection.
The funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, currently advancing in Congress, calls for CBP to hire some 1,200 more officers, several hundred Agriculture Specialists and additional port staff.
“Excessive overtime, double-shifts and temporary duty assignments to the Southern border are taking a toll on the men and women of CBP, and this legislation would go a long way toward improving their safety and the efficiency of the entire agency,” Tony Reardon, NTEU’s president, said in a press release.
The bill would add $151 million to address much-publicized staff shortages severely affecting operations at ports of entry. The bill also would provide $242 million in additional technology to be brought to bear on the agency’s mission.
The agency’s own data shows a shortfall of approximately 3,700 Customs and Border Protection Officers and other key staff, specifically at ports of entry. The understaffing remains “a threat to employee safety and hamper the efficient processing of legitimate trade and travel,” according to the release.
“NTEU commends House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard of California for recognizing the peril caused by CBP’s staffing shortage and taking strong action to alleviate it,” Reardon said.
View the June 10 issue of FEND for the full article.