DHS Budget Includes CBP Staffing IncreasePublished: Thursday, March 13, 2014
The White House has requested $38.2 billion in non-disaster, net discretionary budget authority for DHS. Its budget plans for DHS would bring the number of Customs and Border Protection officers to 25,775. That number includes 2,000 new CBP officers fund¬ed through 2014 appropriations as well as 2,000 additional officers through proposed increases to user fees. OMB said those officers would help CBP process increased travel and trade that flows through air, land, and sea ports of entry, enabling officers to conduct 46,000 more seizures of illegal items, including counter¬feit and fraudulent goods. The DHS budget highlights also include funding to complete construction of the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, and for the department's EINSTEIN intrusion detection and prevention system and continuous diagnostics and mitigation.