Medical services for migrants in CBP custody at risk of lapsing, watchdog finds

Medical services for migrants in CBP custody at risk of lapsing, watchdog finds

Originally Published in CNN

Geneva Sands - September 8, 2020

(CNN)Medical services for migrants in Customs and Border Protection custody are at risk of lapsing unless the agency acts quickly to secure a new medical contract for the southwest border, according to a Department of Homeland Security inspector general alert.

The current contract for medical services will expire on September 29, leaving fewer than 30 days for the agency to take the necessary steps to ensure there isn't a lapse in medical services.
"A lapse in this contract could jeopardize the health and safety of migrants in CBP custody, as well as that of U.S. Border Patrol agents, CBP officers, and staff, especially during the current pandemic," the IG wrote. As of Thursday, CBP had not issued a solicitation for a new contract.
The watchdog issued its warning as a "management alert," which is reserved for urgent issues that require the immediate attention of agency leadership.

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