From October 1, 2010, through March 12, 2015, CBP received 11,367 allegations of misconduct by its employees. IA investigated 6,524 of those allegations, of which 819 were classified as criminal.
IA performed this audit to determine whether CBP has an effective process to identify the required number of criminal investigators needed to accomplish its mission in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
In January 2015, CBP converted 183 of its 212 investigative program specialists to new criminal investigative positions without determining the appropriate number of investigators needed to effectively and efficiently accomplish its mission.
Without a comprehensive process and analysis to determine the appropriate number of criminal investigators, CBP may have improperly spent the approximately $3.1 million it paid for criminal investigators’ premium pay in fiscal year 2015. Furthermore, if CBP does not make any changes to the number of criminal investigator positions, we estimate that it will cost as much as $22.6 million over 5 years for premium Law Enforcement Availability Pay.