DHS Is Slow to Hire Law Enforcement Personnel

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Staffing remains woefully inadequate at several agencies that fall under the Department of Homeland Security according to a new report. The shortfalls at the Secret Service Uniformed Division, Customs and Boarder Protection agencies come as a surprise given the heightened terror risk across the country.

Funding isn’t the issue; a 2014 funding infusion to expand staff has yet to be used. Rather, the delays in hiring can be blamed on the time it takes to perform comprehensive background checks, personnel shortages, and outdated software.

While two of the agencies are making progress, the Secret Service is going backward. It took 272 days to hire in 2014. That jumped to 359, a 32 percent increase, in one year.

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