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Customs, Homeland Security Inspector General Reach Accord on Corruption Probes

Overcoming years of mistrust, the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General and U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday they will work together to investigate corruption within the border security agency. Under the agreement, CBP will immediately assign investigators from its Office of Internal Affairs to participate in corruption investigations of border officers and other CBP employees. The Inspector General needs the additional manpower because its growth remains relatively flat while CBP's workforce continues to expand significantly. The resolution also creates an integrated departmental approach to dealing with other law enforcement agencies investigating internal malfeasance, DHS said. "We welcome partnerships and innovation in our ongoing efforts to ensure the highest standards of integrity within CBP," Commissioner Alan Bersin said in a statement. "We owe it to the American people and to our highly ethical employees to quickly and thoroughly investigate indications of misconduct, which this agreement will help us accomplish."

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Overcoming years of mistrust, the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General and U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday they will work together to investigate corruption within the border security agency. Under the agreement, CBP will immediately assign investigators from its Office of Internal Affairs to participate in corruption investigations of border officers and other CBP employees. The Inspector General needs the additional manpower because its growth remains relatively flat while CBP's workforce continues to expand significantly. The resolution also creates an integrated departmental approach to dealing with other law enforcement agencies investigating internal malfeasance, DHS said. "We welcome partnerships and innovation in our ongoing efforts to ensure the highest standards of integrity within CBP," Commissioner Alan Bersin said in a statement. "We owe it to the American people and to our highly ethical employees to quickly and thoroughly investigate indications of misconduct, which this agreement will help us accomplish."

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