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BPAPRA Regulations published by OPM

On Friday, September 25, 2015, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued their final regulations to implement Part 2 of the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act (BPAPRA). A review of the regulations has revealed that OPM is interpreting certain portions of the BPAPRA contrary to what was intended by Congress when they drafted and passed the BPAPRA into law, for example, a prohibition on Alternate Work Schedules (AWS) and additional compensation for canine handlers on their assigned days off duty. There is also confusion on the section that deals with CBP being allowed to drop employees from one tier to another; however, it only clarifies what the Union had made clear prior to the regulations being published, which is that employees will not be able to artificially enhance their retirements by working a lower level of pay for the majority of their career and then at the end, bumping up to a higher level in order to get a greater annuity. The Union will work with Congress in order to resolve the issues via another Amendment to the BPAPRA, or in the case of the canine handlers, through litigation. Click below to read the OPM final regulations.

CFR Parts 410, 550, 551, and 870 Final Rule

Statement on Agent Swartz Indictment

It is unfortunate that after three years and after being investigated by multiple local, state and federal agencies and then returned to the field to work, Agent Lonnie Swartz is now facing criminal charges. 

As the union that represents the men and women of the Border Patrol, we are there with steady support for Agent Swartz as he fights these accusations. To help ensure that he receives a fair trial, we are providing him with excellent, experienced legal counsel. He will be well represented and given every opportunity to tell his story in a court of law.

Sadly, our agents and all law enforcement officers operate in a world of political agendas and armchair quarterbacking. But our jobs are dangerous and the decisions we make every day determine if we will return home safely to our families. We ask the public to withhold judgment about Agent Swartz while the legal process unfolds.

As for the union, we believe that until proven otherwise Agent Swartz is innocent of these charges. We stand with him and his family during this difficult time. 

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  6. The Benefits of Union Membership
  7. Nation Wide Swap Program Open Period Announced
  8. CBP to Implement "High Five" Program

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