S. Rept. 115-179: Border Enforcement Security Task Force Reauthorization Act of 2017, Report of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, to Accompany S. 1199, October 30, 2017 [open pdf - 259KB]
From Purpose and Summary: "The purpose of S. 1199, the Border Enforcement Security Task Force Reauthorization Act of 2017, is to reauthorize the Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) program, which is responsible for investigating, disrupting, and collecting intelligence on transnational criminal organizations (TCO) at the U.S. border. Although the BEST program is successful, its current structure is not adequate to address the changing border security landscape. Modernizing the BEST program provides frontline law enforcement agents with the proper tools to effectively adapt to new criminal activity trends and drug trafficking patterns. This bill also updates the BEST program by requiring each maritime unit to include a U. S. Coast Guard (USCG) employee. It extends the reporting requirements by five years and requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS or the Department) Secretary to report on the effectiveness of the BEST program's efforts to combat TCOs, its cooperation with stakeholders, and its integration with Joint Task Force Operations on an annual basis. Finally, the bill modernizes the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) overseas pay system. Specifically, S. 1199 authorizes the Director of ICE to provide danger pay for law enforcement officers serving in dangerous locations outside the United States. By providing this authority, Congress is ensuring that ICE agents have pay parity with their Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) law enforcement counterparts serving in similar environments."
S. Rept. 115-179; Senate Report 115-179
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