U.S. CONGRESS – U.S. Senator Martha McSally (AZ) today introduced the Anti-Border Corruption Improvement Act that will quicken the hiring process for Customs and Border Protection applicants by removing the expensive polygraph test, which is a requirement in the CBP hiring process.
The exemption would specifically apply to applicants with military or law enforcement backgrounds. This will help simplify a complex 11-step hiring process that averages between 274 days for agents and 318 days for officers. Not only does this improve processing times for CBP, but it also saves taxpayer dollars. Polygraph tests costs an average of more than $2,000. With only one in every three applicants getting hired, that costs an average of more than $6,000 per CBP hire. McSally championed a version of this bill in the 115th Congress which passed the House with strong bipartisan support.
Congressman Dan Crenshaw introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives alongside Committee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Mike Rogers and Representative Clay Higgins.
“Our Customs and Border Protection agents are drastically undermanned, and this bill aims to help fix that,” said Congressman Crenshaw. “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.”
“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,” said Senator McSally. “We need to streamline the hiring process while maintaining the same rigorous standards to get the additional help to our frontlines.”