Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Help CBP Determine Staffing Needs

Mar 8, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), Chairman Emeritus on the House Homeland Security Committee, joined House Homeland Security Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations (BSFO) Subcommittee Ranking Member Clay Higgins (R-LA) Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Mike Rogers (R-AL), and BSFO Subcommittee Chair Kathleen Rice (D-NY) in introducing H.R. 1639 – the CBP Workload Staffing Model Act.

This legislation will help Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determine its staffing needs. This bill follows multiple reports calling on CBP to better plan for hiring agents.

Congressman McCaul: I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing the CBP Workload Staffing Model Act to enable Congress to identify the gaps and needs in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) resources. Our border patrol agents work long hours in extreme conditions to secure our nation’s borders, but often have limited means to effectively do their jobs.

“This legislation will require the CBP commissioner to develop and implement a staffing model to better highlight and track the needs of CBP. This simple and critical change will ensure our CPB agents are equipped with the right resources to keep our communities safe as they fulfill their duty to oversee lawful trade and travel.
Congressman Higgins: The current shortage of CBP agents has a direct impact on our national security and response capability. Our legislation requires CBP to develop a comprehensive staffing model that addresses hiring and retention challenges. This is part of a comprehensive effort to ensure that our border and ports of entry are fully staffed with qualified personnel.

Ranking Member Rogers: Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations Ranking Member Higgins understands that our CBP law enforcement officers must be fully staffed to carry out our laws and keep our nation safe. I applaud Rep. Higgins for introducing this bill, which will help CBP adequately assess their staffing needs on the front lines.

Congresswoman Rice: Being a border patrol agent is a critical and challenging job, which has been made all that more difficult by high turnover and staffing shortages across the agency. We need to ensure that the men and women of CBP have the resources, training and support they need to do their job effectively and professionally. I’m proud to support a bipartisan bill that will help ensure that CBP can better plan for and determine its staffing needs.

The CBP Workload Staffing Model Act:

  • Directs the CBP commissioner to develop a workload staffing model for Border Patrol and Air & Marine Operations;
  • Adds implementation of workload staffing models for Border Patrol, Air & Marine Operations, and Office of Field Operations to the CBP commissioner’s duties to ensure they are prioritized; and
  • Includes the development of standard operating procedures for a workforce tracking system for Border Patrol, Air & Marine Operations, and Office of Field Operations to the CBP commissioner’s duties to ensure they are prioritized.