CBP is planning to implement AUO decertification in three stages, the NBPC has learned.
This means all Border Patrol Agents will be AUO decertified, regardless of assignment. CBP, via unofficial notification (corrected) to the NBPC on January 29th, 2015, is planning to implement decertification sometime this month, although an exact date has not yet been provided.
NBPC is now in the process of bargaining over the impact and implementation. of this AUO decertification and additionally, how FEPA will be implemented. An MOU with all parties is currently being worked on.
HQ/OBP will issue the notification to all Border Patrol Sector Chiefs sometime this week (correction: it could be this week or next week, we don’t have a date)
A tentative agreement has been reached with CBP, specifically with reference to AUO decertification, involving three primary components:
1) AUO decertification across the board (all Sectors), with payment of FEPA beyond the regularly scheduled 8 hour shift.
2) Alternative and/or compressed work schedules are now on the table.
3) No more clean shifts. We are going back to 6am to 2pm, 2pm to 10pm, 10pm to 6am.
There is a consistent rumor that Border Patrol Pay Reform implementation will take 3 years. Based on conversations with CBP, they’ve confirmed that this extended timeline is inaccurate and that more information will be forthcoming.
That said, Congressman Chaffetz Chairman of Oversight Committee and Senator Johnson Chairman of Senate Homeland Security Committee were made aware of the current delay by CBP.
They have reached out to CBP and made it clear that Border Patrol Pay Reform needs to be implement in a fair and timely manner and that CBP shall provide the information to OPM promptly and without further delay.
The NBPC is expecting that Border Patrol Pay Reform be implemented within the next six months to one year. The NBPC is steadfast in the belief that Border Patrol Agents should be properly compensated for their hard work and dedication. Those beliefs have been aggressively communicated to not only CBP, but the Congressional officials listed above.
The NBPC is posting the most current information, communicated to them by CBP. That said, the NBPC can not account for all of the information and/or details surrounding this complicated issue nor can they control which CBP and/or HQ/OBP officials release said information. However, the NBPC will continue to levy pressure on CBP to provide as much follow-up information, as quickly as possible, as the situation evolves.
Editor of this post: BPA Thane Gallagher