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Trump’s & His Family’s Vacation Habits Are Draining Secret Service Budget

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s large family and their habit of traveling to several residences on the East Coast have left the Secret Service without enough money to pay hundreds of agents. 

The agency has already exceeded its annual caps for salary and overtime for more than 1,000 agents, with more than three months left before the budget is replenished, Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles told the USA Today. 

In the first seven months, the Secret Service has depleted its budget because of weekend trips to Trump’s properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia and his adult children’s frequent business trips and vacation across the country and world.

“The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,” Alles said. “I can’t change that. I have no flexibility.”

Under the Obama administration, Secret Service agents protected 31 people. That number has increased to 42 people under Trump. 

Secret Service Agents Protecting Presidential Candidates Often Work for Free

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Secret Service agents who are on the campaign trail are working hundreds of hours of overtime without pay because of a cap on federal income.

Since early 2016, agents have worked overtime for free because of the demanding scheduling during this unusual election cycle, BuzzFeed reports. 

While Secret Service agents are routinely paid overtime, unlike many of their federal cohorts, they are hitting caps on overtime pay.

Agents are prohibited from making more than $160,3000 a year, even if they work around-the-clock.

As a result, hundreds of agents will never get paid for their extra time.

The Senate and House were considering raising the cap by about $10,000, but the measures have essentially stalled.

Border Patrol Agents May Lose $10M in Overtime As Part of Overhaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents are going to have a harder time getting overtime under a proposal to overhaul the system after a whistleblower exposed abuse, FOX10 News reports.

The overhaul of the overtime system is expected to save about $100 million.

The agents aren’t happy about the new system, though, because many feel like they will still work more than they get paid for,” Fox10 wrote.

In the meantime, the Border Patrol Council is lobbying for raises.

 

 

Border Patrol Agents Would Be Given 3 Overtime Options Under Bill Awaiting President’s Signature

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A bill awaiting President Obama’s signature would give Border Patrol agents three overtime options in an effort to cut payroll costs, the Washington Post reports.

The “Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime” would be replaced with a system designed to save what amounts to an average 80% reduction in overtime pay.

The House of Representatives unanimously supported the measure on Wednesday.

“The current pay system simply is not in alignment with the demands our border security places on our agents, and the mission has suffered as a result,” said American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox Sr. “This reform is absolutely crucial for bringing stability and predictability to Border Patrol pay and will make a huge, positive contribution to our agents’ ability to provide the most effective border security.”

The old system, which was meant to compensate officers whose obligations in the field required them to stay extra hours, was abused, The Post wrote.

Under the new system, officers can work 100 hours per pay period, about two weeks, and receive an annual 25 percent pay boost, work 90 hours and receive an annual 12.5 increase or work no overtime.

Union Calls for Repeal of Homeland Security’s Suspension of Overtime Pay

Jeh JohnsonSteve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association is urging Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to reconsider his department’s decision to suspend a troubled overtime program, the Washington Post reports.

The overtime was halted last week after a federal investigation found widespread abuse of the “administratively uncontrollable overtime” – as it’s called.

The pay was intended for agents who do urgent, unexpected work.

An internal investigation found that abuse of the pay cost taxpayers between $8 million and $37 million a year, the Post reported.

 

Border Patrol Agents Offer to Give Up Overtime to Eliminate Furlough Days, Union Says

  

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Border Patrol agents are willing to give up increased overtime pay in exchange for not being furloughed as part of the mandated federal spending cuts, the Washington Post reports.

“The reform I have just proposed saves tax dollars, reduces overtime pay and brings about financial certainty to both the Border Patrol agents and the agency alike,” National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said at a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee’s subcommittee on oversight and management efficiency.

The plan also calls for a base-pay increase.

The department would save the department $40 million in the first year, Judd said.

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Some FBI Agents in Iraq Got Overtime to Attend Parties and Watch Movies

This comes under the category of “not good publicity for the bureau.”

By LARA JAKES JORDAN
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — Taxpayers were billed an average of $45,000 in overtime and extra pay for each FBI agent temporarily posted to Iraq over the course of four years, according to a new Justice Department report. In some cases, agents were paid to watch movies, exercise and attend parties.
In all, the audit by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine found the FBI racked up $7.8 million in improper wages between 2003 and 2007.
Thursday’s report blamed a faulty FBI policy that allowed agents to claim the extra time and money. An FBI spokesman said that policy – which initially sought to enlist volunteers to go to dangerous war zones – is no longer in place.
“Several FBI employees noted that they periodically spent time during the work day washing clothes,” the report noted.

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