September 17, 2013
For the past few months the National Border Patrol Council has been involved in a comprehensive effort to improve border security, obtain essential resources and enact pay reform through the Border Patrol Pay Reform Act.
As you can imagine, this process has been time-consuming and frustrating: a real test of our patience. Before the Congressional recess, circumstances changed by the day, if not the hour! Because of that uncertainty, there was no easy way to provide you with accurate and concise updates. We can tell you that pay reform legislation continues to move forward and we've had a number of productive meetings on Capitol Hill with Senators, Representatives, and their teams.
For the past two decades, the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) has successfully derailed attempts to eliminate Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO). However, in recent years, the frequency and magnitude of the attacks on AUO have dramatically increased, causing the NBPC to reconsider the issue and review the alternatives. As a result, nearly two years ago, the NBPC developed Border Patrol Pay Reform.
On Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 5:05 PM EST, Thomas Winkowski sent an ill-advised message to all CBP employees. His message contained Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) continued speculation of mere possibilities and failed to shed new light on our current pay issues.
The following will provide the most up to date information we have. It will also explain how we got here, what we've done, and what we're doing.
The Budget Control Act of 2011 and the failure of the U.S. Congress to reach a bipartisan agreement to stem the effects of the Act is what triggered what is known as sequestration. Sequestration is a Congressional mandate, memorialized in law, to cut government spending thereby reducing the federal deficit.
The National Border Patrol Council would like to thank the following Congressional representatives from Texas for the letter they signed in support of Border Patrol agents and our efforts to secure the borders.
Henry Cuellar (28th District of Texas)
Beto O'Rourke (16th District of Texas)
Ruben Hinojosa (15th District of Texas)
Filemon Vela (34th District of Texas)