CBP Walks Back Furlough Threat

Government Executive: Another component of the Homeland Security Department said it will have to force employees to take unpaid time off absent congressional intervention, pointing to a dramatic drop off in fees the agency has collected due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Customs and Border Protection expects to furlough employees unless it receives additional funding from Congress or permission to reallocate funds it already has, an agency spokesperson said. CBP has 8,000 employees in its Office of Field Operations whose salaries are fee-funded and therefore could be subject to furloughs.

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