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S. Rept. 116-94: Protecting America's Food and Agriculture Act of 2019, Report to Accompany S. 2107, Including Cost Estimate of the Congressional Budget Office, September 10, 2019   [open pdf - 448KB]

From the Purpose and Summary: "The purpose of S. 2107, the Protecting America's Food & Agriculture Act of 2019, is to ensure the safe and secure trade of food and agriculture across our nation's borders by properly staffing ports of entry with trained agricultural inspection personnel. This bill authorizes the Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to hire, train and assign 240 new Agricultural Specialists above attrition levels each year until the total number is equal to or sustains the staffing requirements identified in the Agriculture Resource Allocation Model. The bill also authorizes CBP to hire, train, and assign 200 new Agriculture Technicians every year until the total number is equal to or sustains the staffing requirements identified in the Mission and Operational Support Resource Allocation Model. In addition, CBP may hire, train and assign 20 agriculture canine teams each year for the first three fiscal years following the enactment of this bill. The bill also authorizes funding to support the hiring and training of the specialists, technicians and canine teams. The bill also requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to provide a report to Congress on the coordination and effectiveness of inspections by CBP, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other Federal agencies, and the training and working environment of Agricultural Specialists."

Report Number:
S. Rept. 116-94; Senate Report 116-94
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Date:
2019-09-10
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Public Domain
Retrieved From:
U. S. Government Publishing Office: http://www.gpo.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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