Honorable Tracy O. King, Chair, House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB3761 by Guerra (Relating to the creation of a border agricultural inspection training program.), As Introduced
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According to TDA, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) notes there are 10 ports of entry along the southern border between Texas and Mexico. According to USDA the ports of entry at five of the ports, El Paso, Eagle Pass, Laredo, Pharr, and Progresso would likely have the largest volume of articles for inspection. While the remaining five ports of entry at Presidio, Del Rio, Roma, Rio Grande City, and Brownsville would require less inspections.
According to TDA, the agency would hire ten (10) part-time inspectors for each of the five high volume ports of entry and five (5) part-time inspectors at each of the five lower volume ports, a total of 75 part-time inspectors or 37.5 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions. Annual salary and benefits costs for the inspectors total $1,968,188.
TDA has determined that the training referenced in the bill is currently performed by USDA for federal customs and border patrol agents. Based on information provided by the agency, training would be mandatory for TDA inspectors to participate with federal agencies. This analysis assumes one-time training and travel costs in fiscal year 2014 of $2,490,300.
304 Comptroller of Public Accounts, 551 Department of Agriculture
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