I’m not supposed to divulge much of anything about it. Suffice it to say they asked a bunch of shit that had little to no bearing on the job. The contrast with the DoD CI poly I took a few months before was stark. The number I heard tossed around was a 60% failure rate; I doubt there are that many undiscovered felons or cartel plants applying to CBP. And the FBI and USSS (along with every other Fed LEO organization) have to do pre-hire polys, without nearly the same fail rate. I won’t speculate any further. But they definitely won’t get the big expansion in the agency that the administration wants as long as the current rules and procedures are in place. As @wink relayed, they’re taking whoever can get through the poly.What’s the trip up on the poly? People lying or just having shit in your past? Do they require Boy Scouts who never broke a law or just someone that hasn’t smuggled too many humans across the border this week?
The poly requirement is set by Congress, so it literally takes an act of Congress to change it. I’m not holding my breath. Even though what’s required for CBP amounts to a “Public Trust” (ie, less than Secret) clearance.As of last year, one of the hiring managers said they were pushing for SECRET to also be exempt, but I have no update. I'm sure I'll learn more at HeliExpo. Interestingly, last year, CBP had a presence at the Mil-to-Civ transition seminar, but this year, they're actually presenting.