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Fed Agency Turf Battle Harming Probes Into Corruption of U.S. Border Workers

US Mexican borderBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The FBI, the Inspector General for Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection are locked in a turf battle that seems to be delaying investigations into corruption among U.S. Border and immigration employees, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting.

The journalism organization, which wrote the story for the Washington Post, reported that the turf battle climaxed  in December  when the Homeland  Assistant Inspector General Thomas M. Frost ordered internal affairs at the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to drop any probe that was not being supervised by the  inspector general’s office.

The order also directed CBP to stop participating in task forces or sharing information with other agencies unless it all goes through the inspector general, the investigative journalism center reported. The order brings in question the concept of cooperation.

The journalism center reported that the Inspector General’s Office felt having too many agencies involved created greater risks for leaks.

The journalism center reported at the time of the memo in December   CBP’s internal affairs office “was involved in about 100 criminal corruption inquiries, including joint investigations with the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The cases cover allegations including taking bribes from drug traffickers and improper searches of law enforcement databases.”

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