Who is Behind the CBP Sequester Plan to Attack Border Patrol Agents’ Pay?
The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) is frequently asked who is behind the plan to reduce the number of Border Patrol agents on the border, which is what will occur if Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is successful with de-authorizing Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO). In one prior article, the NBPC reported how Bianca Warner openly stated in a meeting with the NBPC how she believed Border Patrol agents are overpaid. In response, the NBPC reported Bianca Warner’s base salary in 2011, which was $170,512.00. Interestingly, after reporting this information, the NBPC heard from several sources who said they have heard Bianca Warner make similar outrageous statements on various occasions.
The NBPC just discovered there is a chart of the 1000 highest paid employees in Customs and Border Protection. The data was obtained from the same source that was previously used to report the base salary of Bianca Warner and the Labor Employee Relations Specialists in CBP. Guess what? Bianca Warner is number 31 on the CBP highest paid list.
The NBPC still does not know all of the people behind the plan to de-authorize AUO for Border Patrol agents. However, we now understand why the other individuals who are responsible for this offensive plan continue to hide behind people like Bianca Warner, and it probably due to the fact that their names probably appear on this list with her name. They know they are being paid an inflated base salary to sit in the comfort of their office and develop a plan to attack Border Patrol agents. They also know they are among the highest paid salaries in CBP and the federal government. Even though the base salary they earn is inflated and most likely well-above the salary of an employee performing the same job in the private sector, they have the nerve to attack the pay of Border Patrol agents when the salary an agent receives is directly attributed to the shift they work, which includes at least ten hours per day, five days a week.
For the record, AUO is a reduced-rate system that was specifically designed to save money while at the same time providing the necessary manpower to protect the border. AUO is unlike the Customs Officer Pay Reform Act (COPRA), which is the other system used for select employees in CBP. In case you are wondering, Border Patrol agents do not earn COPRA. The NBPC created a chart to compare AUO and COPRA, and the chart illustrates the cost savings of AUO. Ironically, none of the CBP plans have ever attempted to address COPRA. Instead, all plans have been aimed at attacking Border Patrol agents and the AUO that agents receive as compensation for the extra hours they work each day to protect the border.