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H.R. 1639: CBP Workload Staffing Model Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 28, 2019 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 9

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1639

[Report No. 116–23]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 8, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Rogers of Alabama, Miss Rice of New York, and Mr. McCaul) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security

March 28, 2019

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on March 8, 2019


A BILL

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to improve U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) identification of staffing needs, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the CBP Workload Staffing Model Act.

2.

Establishment of workload staffing models for U.S. Border Patrol and Air and Marine Operations of CBP

(a)

In general

The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection shall in coordination with the Under Secretary for Management, Chief Human Capital Officer, and Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Homeland Security, develop and implement, by not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, a workload staffing model for each of the U.S. Border Patrol and Air and Marine Operations.

(b)

Responsibilities of the Commissioner of CBP

Subsection (c) of section 411 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 211) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating paragraphs (18) and (19) as paragraphs (20) and (21), respectively; and

(2)

by inserting after paragraph (17) the following new paragraphs:

(18)

implement a staffing model that includes consideration for essential frontline operator activities and functions, variations in operating environments, present and planned infrastructure, present and planned technology, and required operations support levels for the U.S. Border Patrol, Air and Marine Operations, and the Office of Field Operations, to manage and assign personnel of such entities to ensure field and support posts possess adequate resources to carry out duties specified in this section;

(19)

develop standard operating procedures for a workforce tracking system within the U.S. Border Patrol, Air and Marine Operations, and the Office of Field Operations, train the workforce of each of such entities on the use, capabilities, and purpose of such system, and implement internal controls to ensure timely and accurate scheduling and reporting of actual completed work hours and activities;

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(c)

Report

Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act with respect to subsection (a) and paragraphs (18) and (19) of section 411(c) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (as amended by subsection (b)), and annually thereafter with respect to such paragraphs (18) and (19), the Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate a status update on the implementation of this Act and such paragraphs (18) and (19), and status updates on such paragraphs (18) and (19), as well as all relevant workload staffing models. Such status updates shall include information on data sources and methodology used to generate such staffing models.

(d)

Inspector General review

Not later than 120 days after the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection develops a workload staffing model pursuant to subsection (a), the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security shall review such model and provide feedback to the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate regarding the degree to which such model is responsive to Inspector General recommendations, including recommendations from the Inspector General’s February 2019 audit, and as appropriate, any further recommendations to improve such model.

March 28, 2019

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed