Customs and Border Protection

  • The budget, new and old, and your agency

    On this week’s show, host Mike Causey talks with NTEU president Colleen Kelley and Federal Times’ Steve Watkins about different budget plans being considered and how they might hit you, or your agency, in the wallet.

  • CBP officers begin to earn greater retirement benefits

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has implemented a 2008 law that puts Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers on par with law enforcement officers when it comes to earning greater retirement benefits and qualifying for early retirement. It also requires CBP officers to retire by age 57.

  • IT projects pulled from brink of failure

    TechStat is rarely about shutting down problematic technology programs. In an exclusive report, Federal News Radio examines how agencies are using the analysis to support existing improvement plans, to move to agile development and to change its relationship with contractors. CBP, NARA and the FBI are recent examples of agencies taking advantage of the visibility and transparency TechStat brings to get programs back on track and completed.

  • CBP upgrades its P-3 aircraft

    Customs and Border Protection’s P-3 aircraft are important parts of the agency’s work along the southern border of the United States to stop drugs coming into the country.

  • Illegal chicken skeletons: What’s in your job description?

    So what would you do if somebody gave you a gift of a pair of Chinese chicken skeletons? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks. Do you put them on the mantle, use them as a centerpiece or quietly re-gift? What Uncle Sam does is check them for bugs and return them to the sender.

  • The skeletons in our closets

    Last week, we wrote about the government profiling chicken skeletons from China. Admittedly, the news flow is slow in August, but it was a legitimate story. So we asked why it happens, and what would you do with a pair of chicken skeletons from China. The results, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, are shocking — for August.

  • Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    More than 3,000 Border Patrol agents are working along the Texas-Mexico border as the nation deals with a surge in illegal immigration. Before President Barack Obama declared the influx of unaccompanied children and teenagers a humanitarian crisis, Customs and Border Protection was already in need of more hands. It had announced plans to hire 2,000 officers. Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to give a close up view at the stresses on the border patrol.

  • Crisis on the border

    Fred Burton, vice president for Intelligence at Stratfor, will discuss a wide range of border security issues with host Derrick Dortch. August 8, 2014

  • Crisis on the border

    Fred Burton, vice president for Intelligence at Stratfor, will discuss a wide range of border security issues with host Derrick Dortch. August 22, 2014

  • John Wagner, Customs and Border Protection

    Customs and Border Protection has brought a new service to Washington Dulles International Airport. Passengers can expect speedier trips through customs inspection thanks to passport kiosks. John Wagner is the acting assistant commissioner of the Office of Field Operations at CBP. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the program resulting in the kiosk installation.