Government Security News
March 19, 2013
The union that represents thousands of federal workers said short-term and long-term mandatory U.S. government budgets cuts will worsen the effects of understaffing in Customs and Border Protection (CBP), as port expansion plans move forward.
In March 14 testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee National, Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) president Colleen Kelley said the sequestration cuts threaten to cripple critical industries in a number of states. NTEU says it represents over 24,000 CBP officers and trade enforcement specialists stationed at 329 land, sea and air ports of entry (POEs) across the U.S.
“If the sequester, which is intended to be permanent, continues into fiscal 2014, the current levels of CBP staffing, as set by Congress in statute, will be unsustainable,” President Kelley said in telling the committee of serious CBP staffing issues in such travel and trade-heavy states as Florida, California and Texas,” she said.