House Bill Would Authorize More CBP Hiring

It’s not too early to be thinking about next year’s pay raise—and taking action.

Legislation to upgrade the ports of entry and hire more CBP Officers and Agriculture Specialists has been introduced in the House of Representatives.

The Border Security for America Act, from House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, includes provisions authorizing the hiring of thousands of Customs and Border Protection Officers and other CBP personnel.

The bill, H.R. 3548, would authorize funding to maintain no fewer than 27,725 CBP Officers, 631 CBP Agriculture Specialists, 350 full-time support staff to be distributed among all ports of entry and 300 new canine units. It would also streamline hiring procedures for veterans and existing law enforcement officers.

Additionally, the bill would provide new hiring and retention incentives to help attract staff to remote locations and areas where it has been difficult to place full-time permanent CBP personnel. It would also permanently authorize the higher $45,000 overtime cap.

NTEU advised the committee about provisions affecting the hiring of CBP personnel, and will keep members updated on the legislation’s progress.