Overruled: White House Overrules Department of Homeland Security Budget Request on Border Security Personnel   [open pdf - 2MB]

"The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) plays a critical role in the process of developing the President's Budget Proposal each year. The Democratic staff of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs recently obtained a non-public document communicating OMB guidance from the President to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding its upcoming budget proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. At the request of Ranking Member Claire McCaskill, this staff report summarizes budgetary information contained within the document that relates to staffing at DHS. Key findings include: (1) A document obtained by the Committee reveals that OMB overruled specific DHS budget requests on a number of personnel issues during the development of the FY 2019 President's Budget proposal. (2) OMB instructed DHS to hire 1,000 more new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents officers than DHS actually requested, raising the total number of new law enforcement personnel ICE must hire in FY 2019 from 1,000 to 2,000. (3) In contrast, OMB did not accept DHS's proposed increase in funding for the Office of Field Operations, which employs CBP [Customs and Border Protection] Officers stationed at ports of entry and has major responsibilities for border security. (4) OMB rejected the Department's request for a 2019 pay raise for Border Patrol Agents, ICE Agents, CBP Officers, and other DHS employees, and refused an increase for CBP health benefits. The President's FY 2019 budget proposal will seek a government-wide pay freeze for all civilian federal employees, potentially impacting the Department's ability to recruit and retain qualified employees."

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