The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has approved a bill that would amend a 2011 law to allow Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to waive polygraph tests for CBP Officer and Border Patrol Agent job applicants that meet certain criteria.
The bill, S. 595, introduced by Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), would allow the CBP Commissioner to waive polygraph requirements for three categories of job applicants:
current state and local law enforcement personnel who have cleared a polygraph test;
federal law enforcement agents who have passed a security background check;
veterans with three consecutive years in the military who have held a security clearance and passed background checks
The bill, with two amendments, was approved on a vote of 9 to 2 and is cleared for the Senate floor. One amendment to the polygraph waiver bill would require CBP to provide the Committee an annual report on how many polygraph waivers were requested, granted and denied along with the reasons for denial, and the second amendment requires the bill to sunset after four years.
A similar bill has been approved for floor action in the House.