Department of Homeland Security


We can stream line overlapping law enforcement functions/jurisdictions, and save money, have a higher amount of productivity and utilization of resources,a stronger more defined mission, and a stronger more supportive Chain of Command adherant to the Criminal Law Enforcement mission. This will be accomplished by consolidating the criminal law enforcement functions of the underutillized,misappropriated "orphan" positions such as the Customs & Border Protection Enforcement Officer to the ICE HSI section and lateralling the existing CBP Enforcement Officers to ICE HSI.The CBP Enforcement Officer position is a 6c Law Enforcement covered position that is misclassified under the 1895 CBP Officer Inspectional Series. By streamlining, consolidating criminal enforcement functions to ICE HSI which has a more complete, defined, and concentrated mission in regards to the Criminal Investigative dutJurisdiction in which they preside over. By ICE augmenting their HSI Division with the former and newly lateralled CBPO Enforcement Officers under their jurisdiction they would extend productivity of employees that under CBP are restrained and forced to investigate a very narrow number of crimes: 18 USC 1544,18 USC 1546. Under the jurisdiction of ICE HSI, these employees would expand their usefulness by investigating a much vast and varied amount of criminal statutes, therefore becoming more productive and less restrained for the tax dollars that congress has appropriated towards their use and function. The use of their current CBP Enforcent Officer position is underutillized and misappropriated. The examples are such as : A good majority of CBP LEO Enfocement Officers that are under the 6c retirement provisions under Title 5 USC are obligated by Law to conduct investigations as their primary function. This fuction is being negated by CBP management that does not understand or properly utillize the functions, and the reasons for the existence of the CBPO Enforcementy Position.


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    Enforcement Officer position is there because there are things that are "too small" for ICE. ICE is essentially the investigations side of CBP, but many (MANY) times ICE isn't interested, so Enforcement Officers step in. And when you make an enforcement officer an ICE HSI then you have to pay them like ICE HSI...costs more money. I do believe that CBP/BP, ICE, and CIS do have functions that should serve as promotional opportunities instead of changing agencies entirely and attending an entirely new academy for some of the same basic functions.

    But this also goes hand in hand with all the rumors that there we are all going to get put back under one roof...

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    This is a brillant idea! The CBPOEs are the investigators for CBP, however, they are not being allowed to do what they were trained and hired to do. CBP has spent a lot of money on sending these officers to a Law Enforcement Accredited Academey (EOT) to only use them, in the majority of the POEs, to process passengers like a regular CBPO. Many of these CBPOEs have years of invesigation/prosecution expertise and, as of recent, are being exploited by CBP due to the current freeze on the CBPOE program. By exploited, I mean the position is being misappropriated by pulling them from their 6C invesigative functions to work administrative CBPO duties. For those who don't know, the program is frozen because CBP wants Congress to grant 6C to all CBPOs. In the meantime, the CBPOE program is in limbo. Why would Congress grant 6C to CBPOs after just granting them 12D and an upgrade to GS-12? I think Congress has much more important things to worry about right now that giving one more perk to CBPOs. Why not solve CBP's problem by transferring the CBPOEs to ICE/HSI. The CBPOs can enjoy their 12D and GS-12s, while the CBPOEs will be able to count their OT towards their High 3 for retirement purposes (which they currently can't because COPRA doesn't recognize 6C) and actually have a chance for promotion potential without having to give up their 6C. ICE doesn't have to invest in more training because the CBPOEs are already trained investigators. One idea is to keep them at GS-12s, unless they voluntarily complete CITP and then would be eligible for the GS-13. The CBPOEs would be able to concentrate on all of the Title 8 and 18 violations and allow the agents to work the drug cases they prefer to work anyway. POE assignments wouldn't even necessarily need to change either. Besides, a CBPOE under COPRA costs the government more than it would to pay them as a GS-12 with LEAP or AUO.