ABSTRACT

Early Experiences with COVID-19 at CBP Border Patrol Stations and OFO Ports of Entry   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Document: "We surveyed personnel at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities from April 22 to May 1, 2020, regarding their experiences and challenges managing COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. [...] The 136 Border Patrol stations and 307 Office of Field Operations (OFO) ports of entry that responded to our survey described various actions they have taken to prevent and mitigate the pandemic's spread among travelers, detained individuals, and staff. These actions include increased cleaning and disinfecting of common areas and having personal protective equipment for staff, as well as supplies available to those individuals with whom they come into contact. However, facilities reported concerns with their inability to practice social distancing and the risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to the close-contact nature of their work. Regarding staffing, facilities reported decreases in current staff availability due to COVID-19, but have contingency plans in place to ensure continued operations. The facilities expressed concerns regarding staff availability, should there be an outbreak of COVID-19 at the facility. Overall, the majority of respondents reported their facilities were prepared to address COVID-19. The observations contained in the report, which are primarily based on survey responses from facilities, provide an early perspective on CBP's efforts during the pandemic. While we make no recommendations, our intention is to inform agency decision makers as they consider additional actions to respond to the pandemic."

Report Number:
Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General, Report No. OIG-20-69
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Date:
2020-09-04
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Public Domain
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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General: https://www.oig.dhs.gov/
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pdf
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