On April 12, 2013, House Representatives Filemon Vela, Sheila Jackson Lee, Pete Gallego, Ruben Hinojosa, Ron Barber, and Beto O’Rourke, sent a letter to Secretary Napolitano about the concern that CBP is still trying to get rid of AUO.
“The overwhelming concern of these hard-working men and women is the availability of resources which will allow them to sustain the current level of effort to secure our borders. Recently, Congress passed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (CR), and our intent in passing the CR was to ensure that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is able to prevent furloughs and ensure continuation of Administratively Uncontrolled Overtime (AUO) for previously eligible Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees. However, numerous constituents have told us- and our conversations with CBP indicate- that the elimination of AUO is still a significant possibility. Although CBP recently announced its decision to delay implementation of deauthorizing AUO on a temporary basis, we remain concerned about long-term plans.”
NBPC 2366 would like to give its sincerest thanks to these representatives for continuing to pressure DHS and CBP into doing the right thing.