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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Why the Border Patrol Needs Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime

By Velcro, Conservative Observer AZ

Border Patrol agents are closing in on a stolen truck racing through the desert between Sells and the Ironwood Forest National Monument in southern Arizona. Shots from automatic weapons ring out from a nearby outcrop and from the top of a ragged butte half a mile away. They are aimed at the Border Patrol agents.

On another day an agent waits 3 hours for the arrival of a van that will carry the remains of 3 people they discovered in the desert back to Tucson for autopsy by the Pima County Medical Examiner. Badly decomposed, it appears that the bodies had their hands bound and were executed.

Needless to say (I hope), events like these do not always fit neatly into a Border Patrol agent's 8 hour shift. They don't break off pursuits of bad guys because it's time to punch a time clock. They are able to continue in an urgent situation and be compensated because of "Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime", or AUO.

Anyone with half a working brain can see why AUO is essential. Which says a few things about the bean counters and certain muckety-mucks in their ivory tower offices in Washington D.C.,  because AUO appears to be a favorite target during budget cuts.

From the Border Patrol's Tucson sector union web site Local
"08-06-12 We have received multiple phone calls from concerned agents today about rumored pay cuts. A supervisor in Naco reportedly addressed the troops at muster today and told them AUO was going to be gone in 90 days. We have received reliable information from sources in D.C. that AUO is on the chopping block. We are working with the NBPC to track down and verify these rumors. In the meantime, we feel it prudent to advise you that if AUO is abolished it will mean a net 20% pay cut for most agents. If AUO and FLSA are abolished it will mean a net 32% pay cut. We realize the importance and seriousness of the information being spread by managers and we will stay on top of it. We have not been able to independently verify the information. But we do know that in addition to what is being put out to agents here, El Paso sector has told checkpoint stations that they will go to 6 shifts to cut AUO. Agents in south Texas are being told that AUO is going away as well. We are working overtime to get additional information. More to follow."

In this economy, and in our dangerous border areas, it makes no sense to cut AUO. Border Patrol agents are not well-paid. They have not been adequately appreciated and cared for by our government. They work under increasingly unbearable conditions imposed by political bigwigs seeking their next cushy appointment by hobnobbing with the elite in Washington's cocktail circuit.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ive got a college degree from a real university, 6 years serving in the Marine Corps, 6 years in the BP and if this happens im taking all my qualifications and jumping ship.

8/8/12, 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got one foot out the door........

8/24/12, 12:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats exactley what "they" want. Downsize and pay cuts for the boots then promotions, raises and new BS offices for the Brass.

8/26/12, 6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If AUO is gone... So am I. No need to worry about them reducing the boots on the ground after this. They take our pay, alot of agents will leave, and the ones who stay will care less about aliens and dope crossing. End result.. wide open borders.

10/4/12, 1:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't they monitor brass up in Washington or Congress. Does anybody know what they do day in and day out. I know what our man in green do day in and day out. That's right, they protect our ... borders while people in Congress and Washington only think about themselves. Are they going to cut Congress pay, I mean, if money is tight, lets cut pay to all federal employees, to even include the President.

11/24/12, 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said

No wonder those CBP agents don't
smile too much. I wouldn't smile
either if I knew a pay cut was comming. Seems to me like a miserable environment to work in. Now I'll go to work tomorrow in a job that I love to do and make some money.

12/28/12, 12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AUO is a scam and we all know it. Arrests have all gone way down, we have more agents, fences and technology than ever before yet you senior agents and desk riders alike are addicted to the pay and make us newbies stay on the clock trolling for work after our shifts are done, being bored to tears, just to rip-off the taxpayer and fatten your retirement checks and buy new cars! I would rather be at home with my family and look at myself in the mirror with a clean conscience. LEAP is just another scam. We are a patrol not the FBI. If there ain't nothing to do after our shift, we go home just like any other patrol cop. When are we all going to wake up and stop spending our grandkids into oblivion?

2/16/13, 8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe if BPA's SBPA's, ACPA's, SOS's and other agents/supervisors working at or detailed to Sector STOP illegally taking AUO pay to perform administrative duties, this AUO transfer to LEAP would not have happened! Every single Sector looks the other way and approves these illegal AUO pay submissions and it amounts to tens of billions of dollars nationwide per year. If agents are mad about this, they should take it up with their "brothers" working at Sector. Honor First and Integrity....remember guys?

3/2/13, 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ the above poster
Actually, assuming every single agent hit the cap, which they don't, it equals about 700 million a year. We send five times that amount to other countries. Do a little research.

3/29/13, 11:44 AM  

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