S. Hrg. 110-304: Human Capital Needs of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection 'One Face at the Border' Initiative, Hearing before the Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, November 13, 2007 [open pdf - 8MB]
From the opening statement of Daniel K. Akaka. "I call this hearing of the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia to order. Today's hearing, Human Capital Needs of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection 'One Face at the Border' Initiative, will examine the results of a Government Accountability Office report entitled 'Border Security: Despite Progress, Weaknesses in Travel Inspections Exist at Our Nation's Ports of Entry.' The GAO report details troubling shortcomings in inspections by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at land and air ports of entry. Each year CBP processes more than 400 million pedestrian and passenger entries, as well as 20 million containers with goods, into the United States. The vast majority of visitors to the United States have come here legally for tourism, business, work, studies, or other activities. But the GAO report makes clear that thousands of people each year are entering the country illegally through official ports of entry. I requested that GAO do this study because I was concerned that CBP was not hiring enough officers to screen travelers at ports of entry and that CBP officers were not receiving the training they need to do their jobs properly. This report reinforces my concern." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Paul M. Morris, Richard M. Stana, and Colleen M. Kelley.
S. Hrg. 110-304; Senate Hearing 110-304
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