H.R. 1639 would direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop and implement a workload staffing model and a workforce tracking system for the Border Patrol (BP) and for Customs Air and Marine Operations (AMO). The bill would require the DHS Inspector General (IG) to review the staffing model.
DHS has undertaken efforts in recent years to improve its management of the BP and the AMO, and the department is currently carrying out activities comparable to those required by the bill. Based on the costs of similar activities, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1639 would cost about $1 million over the 2019-2024 period for enhancing staff management systems and preparing the IG review. Such spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds.