The bottom line, according to the American Federation of Government Employees, is savings that will amount to an average per officer reduction of 80 percent in overtime pay.
“The current pay system simply is not in alignment with the demands our border security places on our agents, and the mission has suffered as a result,” said AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. “This reform is absolutely crucial for bringing stability and predictability to Border Patrol pay and will make a huge, positive contribution to our agents’ ability to provide the most effective border security.”
Previously passed by the Senate, the legislation now awaits President Obama’s signature. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), sponsor of the House bill, said, “Creating a new pay scale is a long term solution that will iron out the kinks of the current system through old-fashioned planning and time management.”
Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime was designed for officers who work longer than expected when law enforcement duties in the field demand. But the system was abused. It was used even by desk bound employees.
Under the new system, officers can work 100 hours per pay period, about two weeks, and receive an annual 25 percent pay boost, work 90 hours and receive an annual 12.5 increase or work no overtime.