Tell CBP what you think about VF Solutions

As you may already know, the VF Solutions website is again accepting orders for uniform items. We cannot remember the last time, if ever, that CBP asked us for feedback regarding the uniform program or VF Solutions, so we're hoping this survey will paint a picture for them.

Please only participate in this survey if you are a U.S. Border Patrol employee and you order uniform items through the VF Solutions website. It should only take 5 minutes to complete. You will not be required to provide your name or any other identifying information.

Please send the below link to any USBP employee nationwide, including management -- we want to have the largest sample that we can get.

Click here to access the survey.

VSP and VF Solutions update

VSP
The first batch of employees transferring under Del Rio Sector's Voluntary Swap Program pilot will EOD at the start of PP2. The remaining employees will move during PP3 - PP5.

The second round will open up in April.

VF Solutions
Now that VF Solutions has opened up again for USBP employees, we're seeing the usual spate of complaints regarding the ever increasing prices and lack of in-stock items. There are also plenty of orders from last year that still haven't been shipped.

Please take a short uniform-related NBPC survey, here: http://bit.ly/1AWaeDt

This topic is also addressed in this week's edition of the NBPC's The Green Line podcast:
http://www.hipcast.com/podcast/Hwm4Z28s

Barrett Blick funeral information

Border Patrol Agent Barrett Blick passed away early this morning after a long battle with cancer. NBPC Local 2366 and Border Patrol agents everywhere extend our condolences to his family and friends.

Below is the service information:

Porter Loring Mortuary Home (North)
2102 N Loop 1604 E
San Antonio, TX 78232
210-495-8221

The public viewing will take place at the funeral home on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at 4pm-8pm.

The service and final honors will also be at the funeral home on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at 10am.

We're not aware of a separate fund for donations for the family, but the page on youcaring.com still exists, here.

Border Patrol Pay Reform Act Frequently Asked Questions

From the National Border Patrol Council: The following are the most common questions or concerns we receive about the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act with their corresponding answers.

View a copy of the bill that was recently signed by the president, here (PDF).

Question: Does the report that is required by the agency and the subsequent analysis by the GAO give the agency authority to unilaterally lower an agent’s rate of overtime pay from Level 1 to a lower level or from Level 2 to the basic rate of pay?

Answer: No. The most common section that has caused confusion is found close to the end of the law on page 25, line 21 as shown on the NBPC Website. This section talks about a “Comprehensive Staffing Analysis.” This analysis is a report that must be submitted by...

Know your rights during a critical incident

COMPELLED STATEMENTS / CRITICAL INCIDENTS

This NBPC Legal Division Advisory is being put out due to possible misunderstandings regarding an agent’s rights when that agent is involved in an agent involved shooting, critical incident or use of force incident. It has been reported that agents have been told by investigators that they are “required” to give a statement regarding such incidents and in the past, some have gone so far as to threaten agents and their representatives with arrest for impeding their investigations because the agent declines to give a statement or wants to talk with their representative before giving a statement. Unfortunately, there are some managers who are equally misinformed and have repeated the same position – telling agents that they are required to give statements to local law enforcement regarding such incidents.

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NBPC response to Politico article

November 5, 2014

This article is in response to the recent article “The Green Monster” written by Garrett M. Graff.

As president of the National Border Patrol Council, I have the honor of representing the
hardworking, dedicated and patriotic individuals who protect our nation. I would walk
through fire to protect the integrity of our 16,000-plus members. But I will never defend
the indefensible.
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Spring 2015 Scholarships

NBPC Local 2366 provides scholarships to high school and college students of current dues-paying members (spouses or children). The deadline has been extended until November 15, 2014, so get your applications in soon. View the flyer here.

More information is available here (PDF).

Click here for the application (Word Doc).

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