Based on Customs and Border Protection‚Äôs plan to furlough Border Patrol Agents for up to 14 days between April 1 and September 30, 2013, along with CBP‚Äôs plan to cut Border Patrol Agents‚Äô pay by about 40% during that same period, it is estimated that the financial impact amongst the ranks of the Border Patrol will range around $75,000,000 (yes, that‚Äôs millions). And that‚Äôs just the financial impact, and doesn‚Äôt factor in the personal impact on the morale and familial strains that such measures will have on Border Patrol Agents and their families.
Please listen to the NBPC podcast in regards to sequestration here.
New Updates are now in the station section of the Members Menu and so far there are updates for the Ysleta Station, Fabens Station and El Paso Station, to include any station policies and Pending Grievances or ULPs filed, etc.
As many of you are aware the threat of sequestration is upon us and we are being singled out yet again to absorb the majority of the cuts.¬† Below is the Advisory that has been posted by the National Border Patrol Council in regards to the sequestration. Please pay close attention to the portion where BIANCA WARNER, the Executive Director of Mission Support, makes it clear that she believes Border Patrol Agents are overpaid and they have been targeting AUO. But also note that in 2011 her salary was over 170K and she says we are overpaid.
What is the VRP?
On August 26, 2010, the agency and the NBPC entered into the most recent VRP agreement that continued a test program that was approved by Congress and that was intended to provide Federal Agencies and Federal Employees more move opportunities by decreasing the amount of money an agency would have to pay for relocations.¬† The test program expired on April 29, 2014, which also ended the negotiated VRP. ¬†
Under the VRP, the agency identified vacancies at Border Patrol Stations and posted those openings on USA Jobs.¬† Agents were provided an opportunity to apply for the openings and were able to put in for a maximum of five locations. OPM compiled referral lists of all applicants by seniority and sent the lists to the selecting officials at the individual sectors.¬† On each referral list, the selecting official (management) was able to consider the top seven (7) names, which became the list of consideration, for the first vacancy. For each additional vacancy, one more name from the referral list was added to the list of consideration.¬† Management was able to select anyone from the list of consideration regardless of seniority. ¬†
Example: Station ‚ÄúA‚ÄĚ has two vacancies and 10 agents apply for those openings. Management would be given the referral list containing the names of all 10 agents but would only be able to select from the list of consideration or the top 8 agents based upon seniority. With their two selections, management would be able to choose the two most junior agents from the list of consideration even if those agents only had 3 years in the patrol and the most senior agents had 20 years in the patrol. Management would be required to take into consideration the seniority of all agents on the ‚Äúconsideration list,‚ÄĚ but if they determined the junior agents were more qualified, management would be free to choose those agents.¬† ¬†
Recent examples of how selections were made under the last few VRP announcements: ¬†After management received their lists, they called the duty stations of the applicants to compile a matrix on each agent.¬† In many cases, they were looking for specific qualifications or certifications such as Firearms Instructors, Boat Patrol Certifications, Horse Patrol Certifications, etc., and they made their selections based upon those certifications and other factors, including overall seniority.¬† About 4 or 5 years ago, we saw a great many Firearms Instructors selected in the VRPs even though in many instances they were some of the most junior agents on the ‚Äúconsideration list.‚ÄĚ ¬†We also saw an awful lot of senior agents passed over because management claimed they weren't the most qualified agents when they made their selections.
Albeit a big factor, seniority isn't the only component to being selected under the VRP.
What is the ROB?
Our Union Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and begin at 7:30 p.m.