Childcare needs assessment survey in Del Rio Sector

The National Law Enforcement Foundation (NLEF), in conjunction with Local 2366 of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), is researching the possibility of bringing more childcare options to the border in places like Del Rio Sector (DRT).

The lack of childcare in this sector and others has led to employees resigning or transferring away from USBP in favor of other agencies with offices in communities with childcare services conducive to their 24/7/365 work schedules.

A survey link was emailed to all members at their personal email account (if the union has it on file), and a notification was published on the mobile app.

If you didn’t get the email, check your spam/junk folder for an email with the subject line “DRT Childcare Survey: Your Input Matters!” sent on February 28, 2024.

If you still can’t find it, send us a message so we can confirm if we have your email address updated and send you the survey link.

BPA overtime pay raise signed into law

Today, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2024 was signed into law. The law, H.R. 2670, immediately provides GS-12 Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) with an additional 50% of their hourly rate (time and a half) for the obligated overtime hours worked under the BPAPRA.

Agents will receive back pay for any qualifying hours worked from today through the date that it takes the agency to implement the law. There are no other changes to the BPAPRA.

The National Border Patrol Council will continue to update our members and advocate for our membership on all matters that impact the workforce.

4.7% Cost of Living Adjustment Approved

President Biden issued an executive order approving a 4.7% cost of living adjustment (COLA) for CY2024, found here.

All federal employees will get a 4.7% increase to their base pay, and there are additional increases to locality pay that average 0.5%. However, since DRT stations are in the “Rest of US” locality, we only get the 4.7% increase.

This is different than and does not affect the BPA GS-12 pay raise that was announced last week — we will provide more information about this when it becomes available.

OPM published a memorandum for agencies on CHCOC.gov and posted the official 2024 salary tables on OPM.gov.

Congress passes overtime pay increase legislation for Border Patrol Agents

The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) is pleased to share that earlier today, Congress passed legislation that will provide GS-12 Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) with a significant increase in their overtime pay. This overtime pay legislation, drafted and ushered through Congress by the NBPC, was passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2024 (H.R. 2670).

Over the past five years, the NBPC has worked tirelessly to educate and urge Congress to properly compensate frontline BPAs. Due to the hyper-partisan nature of Congress, previous bills have failed to get past that initial stage of the long and complex bipartisan procedural process.

Under the new legislation, GS-12 Border Patrol Agents will now be compensated an additional 50% of their hourly rate of basic pay when they work their Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act (BPAPRA) obligated overtime (hours 81-100 per pay period). This additional 50% of your hourly rate of basic pay or extra “half-time” pay for any hour(s) worked between 81-100 per pay period will be on top of your current basic rate of pay under the BPAPRA. This legislation makes no other changes to the BPAPRA.

The NBPC has worked closely with numerous Members of Congress, on a bipartisan basis, to increase the compensation of frontline BPAs over the past five years. We want frontline BPAs to know that the following specific Members deserve our utmost gratitude for their work with the NBPC to get this specific legislation enacted: Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), Representative James Comer (R-KY), and Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX).

Now that the NDAA has passed both the House and Senate, it will be sent to President Biden for his signature. Based on currently available information, President Biden is expected to sign the NDAA into law, likely before the Christmas holiday. The NBPC will provide further updates once the NDAA is presented to the President for his signature. Additionally, we will provide future updates regarding Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) implementation of the additional overtime pay and when BPAs can expect to see this additional compensation in their paycheck.