On this day, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security approved by voice vote its fiscal year 2021 bill. The bill would provide an increase above the President’s FY 2021 funding request for CBP Office of Field Operations (OFO) of $171 million for 1,150 new positions as follows:
• $91 million for 850 CBP Officers;
• $10 million for 100 support personnel; and
• $30 million for 200 agriculture specialists.
In addition to CBP OFO personnel funding, the bill would provide:
• $190 million for non-intrusive imaging technology;
• $190 million for border security technology;
• $45 million for innovative technology;
• $20 million for port of entry technology;
• $14 million for body worn cameras and other camera systems; and
• $20 million for the Office of Professional Responsibility to ensure that cameras in holding areas are operational.
NTEU was very disappointed by the President’s FY 2021 DHS budget request earlier this year that included $182 million to hire 750 Border Patrol Agents, 300 Border Patrol Processing Coordinators, and support staff, but no new funding for CBP Officer or Agriculture Specialist new hires in FY 2021.
NTEU strongly supports the CBP FY 2021 funding level in the House Appropriations bill and will fight to maintain these numbers as House and Senate Appropriators continue working on FY 2021 CBP OFO funding priorities. This bill is expected to be considered by the full Appropriations Committee later this month.