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Lapse in Federal Funding Impact on CBP Website Operations Notice

NOTICE: Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This website was last updated on December 21, 2018 and will not be updated until after funding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to date. Transactions submitted via this website might not be processed and we will not be able to respond to inquiries until after appropriations are enacted.


Aviso del impacto de la interrupción de fondos federales en las operaciones del sitio web del Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos (CBP, por sus siglas en inglés)

AVISO:  A causa de la interrupción de fondos federales, este sitio de web no será administrado activamente. La última actualización a este sitio web se realizó el 21 de diciembre de 2018 y no se harán más actualizaciones hasta que el gobierno reanude operaciones; por ende, puede que el sitio web no refleje la información más reciente. Es posible que no podamos procesar transacciones ni responder a
preguntas hasta que se reanuden operaciones.

TES-C Pilot Successful, Implemented as CBP’s Primary Testing Format

Release Date: 
August 16, 2018

Since the inception of CBP’s polygraph program, the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) has utilized the standard Law Enforcement Pre-employment Test (LEPET) format for all applicant polygraph examinations.  In reviewing all aspects of CBP’s hiring process, CBP identified redundancies that existed in its applicant screening among the LEPET, objective database verifications, and Tier 5 background investigation processes.

To streamline the applicant vetting process while maintaining CBP’s high integrity standards, OPR collaborated with the National Center for Credibility Assessment (NCCA), the federal entity responsible for credibility assessment education, oversight, certification, research and development.  The collaboration resulted in the creation of the Test for Espionage, Sabotage, and Corruption (TES-C), which combined an approved NCCA counter-intelligence scope testing format with suitability topics found in the LEPET format that are relevant to CBP’s law enforcement mission.

Beginning on May 1, 2017, CBP conducted a six-month pilot of the TES-C format, during which CBP continuously evaluated data to gauge the pilot’s effectiveness for mitigating agency risk, as well as for reducing exam times. Throughout the pilot, CBP shared data with the NCCA and at the conclusion of the pilot, the NCCA conducted a comprehensive review. The NCCA determined that the TES-C meets federally mandated polygraph standards and adequately demonstrated efficacy as a personnel security screening technique for CBP counterintelligence and corruption issues.

Based on the results of the pilot, CBP concluded that the TES-C polygraph format reduced average exam times, the number of retests and revealed no appreciable difference in exam efficacy.  The TES-C format appropriately balances CBP’s need to streamline the hiring process with the additional goal of minimizing any risk of degradation concerning applicant vetting. Effective May 1, 2018, CBP designated the TES-C as its standard polygraph testing format for all law enforcement job applicants.

Last modified: 
August 21, 2018