Corruption persists at Customs and Border Protection

A report from the United States Government Accountability Office concluded that additional actions are needed to strengthen CBP efforts to mitigate risk of employee corruption and misconduct. Since 2005 a total of 144 current or former CBP employees were arrested or indicted for corruption-related activities, such as the smuggling of aliens and drugs, of whom 125 have been convicted as of October 2012. Further, the majority of allegations occurred at locations along the southwest border. The GAO suggests improvements to CBP staff screening processes and recommends giving consideration to the expansion of the Agency poligraph programme.