Through four separate reports, the Homeland Security Department's watchdog said it's confirmed allegations from whistleblowers about widespread misuse of "administratively uncontrollable overtime" by some U.S. border patrol agents.
Agencies in the Homeland Security Department have been trying establish interoperable radio communications along the southwest border, but they've fallen short of testing and managing such initiatives as well as getting users better trained on the upgraded systems.
Canadian and U.S. government officials announced March 16 a new agreement that allows federal agencies to conduct immigration, customs and agriculture inspections in each other's countries while facilitating travel.
United States customs officers didn't always effectively use certain critera to assess the risk of some rail shipments entering from Canada and Mexico nor did some use required radiation detection equipment to examine high-risk cargo – problems that have since been addressed.
Several Homeland Security Department officials testified at a congressional hearing that their agency's operations, staff and work with emergency officials and the private sector would be significantly jolted if lawmakers don't fund the department past Feb. 27.
Customs and Border Protection, which has the largest budget among all components within the Homeland Security Department, would see a 6.3 percent jump – or about $800 million – under the president's recently unveiled 2016 budget proposal.
According to CBP policy, high-risk shipments should be scanned with radiation detection and nonintrusive inspection equipment. However, CBP agents can waive that examination if the shipment meets a "standard exception" or "articulable reason."
The Homeland Security Department's inspector general said Transportation Security Administration officials are unnecessarily concealing information in a new report that highlighted the vulnerabilities of security controls of DHS technology systems at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The Homeland Security Department's inspector general said it could not reconcile maintenance labor hours to see if they were being recorded accurately. And the agency doesn't have adequate internal controls to address the problems.
The agency had been planning to acquire 14 more drones – in addition to the 10 operational ones it has now – at a cost of about $443 million that the IG said could be put to better use by investing into alternatives such as manned aircraft and ground surveillance.