The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has released the proposed regulations regarding the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act. These are the regulations that will eventually govern pay administration for Border Patrol agents.
We have asked our legal counsel and professional staff to throughly review this document to ensure that these proposed regulations reflect the changes and protections we fought hard for with the passage of BPAPRA of 2014. Once this review is complete, we will inform OPM of our position and our concerns. Make no mistake, we will continue to hold OPM’s and DHS’s feet to the fire and to protect our members’ interests and financial security.
The public will have 30 days to comment on the proposed regulations. The proposed regulations are by no means final and may change during this process. We will keep you informed throughout this process.
A short time ago, H.R. 2252 was passed by the United States Senate. This bill will restore Border Patrol agents as employees that receive Fair Labor Standards Act pay until the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act is fully implemented. The National Border Patrol Council would like to thank Senators Johnson, McCain, Tester, and Cardin, their staffs, and the many others who helped make this happen.
Earlier today, H.R. 2252, a bill to clarify provisions of the Border Patrol Pay Reform Act of 2014, was passed by the House of Representatives by unanimous consent. The bill will now head to the United States Senate for consideration. We have been advised that it should receive swift passage there as well.
The National Border Patrol Council would like to thank Rep. William Hurd of Texas's 23rd Congressional District and his staff for their efforts in shepherding this bill through the legislative process. Rep. Hurd’s championing of this bill will have a significant impact on border security and the financial well-being of Border Patrol agents nationwide.
As previously stated, the National Border Patrol Council has been working with Congress to address the Agency's attempt to implement parts of the BPAPRA. The following bill is the result of those discussions. Although this bill has not been introduced yet, the NBPC has been informed that the bill will be introduced soon. The bill, as indicated, will prevent the partial implementation of the BPAPRA, such as exempting agents from FLSA, until OPM promulgates and makes effective regulations related to the BPAPRA.