ABSTRACT

Border Security: Additional Actions Needed to Strengthen CBP Efforts to Mitigate Risk of Employee Corruption and Misconduct, Report to Congressional Requesters   [open pdf - 1MB]

"CBP [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] - a component within the Department of Homeland Security - is responsible for securing U.S. borders and facilitating legal travel and trade. Drug-trafficking and other transnational criminal organizations are seeking to target CBP employees with bribes to facilitate the illicit transport of drugs, aliens, and other contraband across the southwest U.S. border, in particular. CBP IA [Internal Affairs] is responsible for promoting the integrity of CBP's workforce, programs, and operations; and CBP components implement integrity initiatives. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review CBP's efforts to ensure the integrity of its workforce. This report examines (1) data on arrests of and allegations against CBP employees for corruption or misconduct, (2) CBP's implementation of integrity-related controls, and (3) CBP's strategy for its integrity programs. GAO analyzed arrest and allegation data since fiscal year 2005 and 2006, respectively, reviewed integrity-related policies and procedures, and interviewed CBP officials in headquarters and at four locations along the southwest border selected for geographic location, among other factors. […] GAO recommends that CBP, among other things, track and maintain data on sources of information used to determine which applicants are unsuitable for hire, assess the feasibility of expanding the polygraph program to incumbent officers and agents, consistently conduct quality assurance reviews, and set timelines for completing and implementing a comprehensive integrity strategy. DHS [Department of Homeland Security] concurred and reported taking steps to address the recommendations."

Report Number:
GAO-13-59
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Date:
2012-12
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
Format:
pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
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