Bill would omit polygraph requirement for certain CBP applicants
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Jun 26, 2019
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has advanced legislation that would help simplify the 11-step hiring process for Customs and Border Protection officers.
The Anti-Border Corruption Act would allow CBP to waive polygraph testing requirements when hiring veterans or current or former federal or lower-level law enforcement officers who already have certain security credentials.
Currently, CBP’s hiring process averages between 274 days for agents and 318 days for officers. Omitting the polygraph requirement will lower that process time and save taxpayer money, according to the bill’s sponsor U.S. Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.).
“Given the crisis at our border, CBP agents and officers need urgent backup,” she said, adding, “My legislation not only maintains the same rigorous hiring standards, but it streamlines the hiring process for veterans and former law enforcement to deliver much-needed manpower to the frontlines.”
She noted that polygraph tests cost an average of more than $2,000, and with only one in every three applicants getting hired, that costs an average of more than $6,000 per CBP hire.
The bill advancement follows the another piece of legislation that aims to to hire a minimum of 600 additional officers at airports, seaports and land ports of entry per year until the agency’s staffing targets are met.