• Pay and management issues may weigh on Trump’s Border Patrol, ICE hiring surge

    President Donald Trump wants to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents and 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. However, federal law enforcement representatives told lawmakers on Wednesday their organizations have too many managers and not enough staff-level employees.

  • There’s a 2017 budget amendment too. It calls for $18 billion in cuts to civilian agencies

    The White House is also requesting a $3 billion boost to the Homeland Security Department, along with an additional $30 billion in defense and Overseas Contingency Operations funding for fiscal 2017. Civilian agencies would shoulder $18 billion in spending cuts. The additional funding for DHS would help the department prepare and enact the President’s executive orders on border security and immigration.

  • What will it take to hire 15,000 new border and immigration agents?

    President Donald Trump is calling on Homeland Security Department leadership to hire at least 5,000 new border patrol agents and 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and officers. But existing hiring challenges could make that task even more complicated.

  • Merit system principles are an asset, not liability in marketing federal careers, OPM says

    Acting Office of Personnel Management Director Beth Cobert said agencies should include merit system principles, the rules and procedures that ensure objectivity in the federal hiring process, as an incentive for the top talent they want to attract.

  • DHS’ diversity represented at the Sammies

    The Department of Homeland Security is a diverse collection of agencies performing a variety of tasks, as evidenced by its three nominees for the Service to America Medals.

  • Pay raise on track, but White House seeks to derail IRS budget cuts

    The White House has threatened to veto a fiscal 2017 spending bill that would further cut the Internal Revenue Service’s budget by $236 million.

  • ICE team targets fugitive human rights violators in US

    It’s the job of Ajay Bhatt, associate legal adviser to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to track down scores of human rights violators who’ve entered the country.

  • Buried in case data, DHS uncovers collaborative fix

    Homeland Security Investigations said it’s found a way to save precious time and resources for agents and investigators who sift through mass amounts of data and images for the unit’s child exploitation cases.

  • DHS leads agencies in slashing FOIA backlog

    The Office of Information Policy published data on FOIA request processing from the annual reports of 100 agencies.

  • DHS components see sluggish progress on Unity of Effort

    Managers within the Homeland Security Department’s headquarters say the Secretary’s “Unity of Effort” initiative is working better for them than it is for individual agencies. Component agencies say unity programs have little impact on their missions.

  • Immigrant women allege mistreatment at US detention centers

    Five immigrant mothers held in facilities with their children are seeking millions of dollars in damages from the U.S. government for what they contend is psychological and physical harm as a result of being detained, according to court papers filed Monday.

  • Cyber champs get inside look at ICE crime center

    From IT offices to law enforcement bureaus, the federal government says it needs more cybersecurity specialists. But competition is tough. Several federal agencies treated winners of the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition as VIPs when they visited Washington in late July. Stops on the tour included the National Security Agency, the Pentagon and the Cyber Crimes Center, part of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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  • Peter Edge, Executive Director, Homeland Security Investigations, ICE

    The Human Exploitation Rescue Operative (HERO) Corps welcomes 22 new members to its ranks later this morning. Launched as a pilot program in 2013, the HERO Corps gives wounded, injured and ill veterans the chance to assist federal agents in the fight against child predators. Peter Edge is the executive director of Homeland Security Investigations at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which helps manage the HERO Corps. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with an update on the program.

  • David North, Senior Fellow, Center for Immigration Studies

    U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have new orders for dealing with illegal immigrants. Under the President’s immigration plan, agents are supposed to ask illegal immigrants if they might qualify for deferred deportation. And now Homeland Security has furnished immigrants with three complaint hotlines they can call if they feel they’re treated unfairly. There’s one for Customs and Border Protection, one for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and one for Citizenship and Immigration Services. David North, a senior fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how this can all possibly work.

  • Dana Leigh Marks, President, National Association of Immigration Judges

    President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration have had reverberations throughout the federal government. They’ve drastically changed the way Border Patrol and Immigration officers do their jobs. The changes also heavily impacted immigration judges, delaying many of their thousands of pending cases by as much as five years. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Judge Dana Leigh Marks, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, explained just how overloaded the court systems already are.