From AllGov:

By Elliot Spagat, Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A panel of law enforcement experts found that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has made little movement on a call to sharply increase the number of agents assigned to investigate internal corruption, calling it a mistake that could lead to a major scandal if it isn’t addressed more quickly.

The panel, led by New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton and former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration chief Karen Tandy, urged the nation’s largest law enforcement agency in June 2015 to more than double the number of internal affairs criminal investigators to 550 from about 200. It said the agency’s 2017 budget calls for an increase of only 30 investigators, meaning it would take about a decade to fulfill the recommendation at that pace.

“This leaves CBP vulnerable to a corruption scandal that could potentially threaten the security of our nation,” the panel wrote in its 58-page final report.

The report notes other anti-corruption efforts — steps to temporarily transfer 57 internal affairs investigators from other agencies within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and for the FBI to commit unspecified resources — but it urges swifter action and more authority for the Customs and Border Protection commissioner to tackle allegations of wrongdoing by its 60,000 employees.

“Currently there is no one who the Secretary of Homeland Security can clearly hold accountable for seeing to it that corruption does not take root within CBP and that our national security interests at our…

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