Proposed Bill Would Waive CBP Polygraph For Military, Law Enforcement Applicants

The Anti-Border Corruption Improvement Act could drastically shorten the Customs and Border Protection's hiring process.

Washington, DC – Congress is considering proposed legislation that could drastically shorten the length of time it takes for Customs and Border Protection to hire new agents.

U.S. Senator Martha McSally introduced the Anti-Border Corruption Improvement Act on March 7, and U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives, according to a press release.

The proposed legislation would eliminate polygraph testing for applicants with law enforcement or military backgrounds, slashing the current 274-318 days it typically takes to complete the 11-step hiring process.

A polygraph examination costs over $2,000 on average, and only one out of every three applicants is actually hired by the agency.

“That costs an average of more than $6,000 per CBP hire,” according to the release.

The exemption would apply to reservists, active duty troops, veterans, and law enforcement officers who meet specific requirements, The Washington Times reported.

Veterans and members of the military would need to have served for at least three years, and would also need to have held a security clearance within the past five years.

Law enforcement officers would also need to have served for at least three years, and would need to have undergone a background investigation as a requirement for their law enforcement position.

The background investigation would also have to be “to the level required for service as a law enforcement officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” according to the proposed legislation.

“Our Customs and Border Protection agents are drastically undermanned, and this bill aims to help fix that,” Crenshaw said in the press release. “By eliminating the unnecessary and costly polygraph test for vetted applicants with military and law enforcement backgrounds, this legislation quickens the hiring process and eases the burden on applicants, CBP recruitment efforts, and the taxpayer.”

McSally noted that the bill would help to get much-needed agents to work more quickly.

“The men and women of Customs and Border Protection are some of the finest law enforcement professionals – but unfortunately there are simply not enough agents and officers to get the job done,” she said. “We need to streamline the hiring process while maintaining the same rigorous standards to get the additional help to our frontlines.”

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Protector$
Protector$

Good idea!

Signal10
Signal10

While a good start, building that freaking wall would be even better! Or do you plan on hiring enough agents to have them lock arms and act as a wall instead?

Hannibal
Hannibal

The wall is being built. Question is how long will it be.

Sergeant PJB
Sergeant PJB

No polygraph? Stupid.

Scattered
Scattered

This is NOT a good idea. I repeat NOT a good idea. This comes after an agent was just found to be an ILLEGAL and had served in our military and as a Border Control Agent. In OUR military. This had a good ending. The one before him didn't. He was found to be smuggling people in among other crimes and he also served in our military. Yes we need more. Send in some Natl Guard or something else before shortening a system that's broken to begin with.