Double-check your registration info for the nationwide swaps

NBPC has been periodically reviewing the data submitted by employees for the nationwide swap program and has found some common errors. Since NBPC will not be able to modify or correct anything after the registration period closes, employees will need to verify that they have correctly filled out the form before the registration period closes.

  • Make sure your name is entered correctly. Some people have entered their last name in the first name field and their first name in the last name field. Also make sure that the name you use matches how Outlook lists your name -- don't put nicknames or your middle name in the first name field.
  • Double-check your EOD date. Some people have entered incorrect dates, including dates far in the future. If you have multiple USBP EOD dates or other breaks in service, contact Sector HR ASAP to get your adjusted EOD date.
  • Some people have either entered an invalid station selection (like choosing a Sector name instead of a station name) and others have not chosen any stations at all.
  • Make sure that you use your own login credentials to register -- don't register for someone else. If you already have, that person will need to log in to their own account and register on his/her own.

Log back into the registration page soon to verify your submission.

NBPC assistance with OWCP cases

Navigating through even the most basic of OWCP cases can be difficult, so NBPC Local 2366 is available to employees who have been injured on the job and would like help processing their case.

If you are having trouble with your OWCP case, contact a union steward and you will be referred to someone who has undergone advanced OWCP training. NBPC also has a contract with an outside company in the event that your particular case gets more convoluted or difficult than the typical run-of-the-mill case.

NBPC has produced the following two documents to help with your case:

NBPC's table of OWCP forms (PDF)
The first document is a table containing a list of the various OWCP forms you may need, the purpose for the form, and any timelines the employee and agency are required to meet.

NBPC's FECA flowcharts (PDF)
The second document contains four flowcharts to help guide you through some of the critical aspects of filing an OWCP claim. There are clickable links within the flowcharts that point you toward the CFR or other websites with more information.

All OWCP forms are available here. However, a document that is not on that list is Publication CA-810, the handbook that agencies use when handling OWCP claims. Many questions/answers can be found within.

Memos requested for DRT's Voluntary Swap Program

PAICs were emailed yesterday and told to contact each employee participating in the Del Rio Sector Voluntary Swap Program. Employees will be required to submit a memo to Chief Karisch and then the EOD dates will be confirmed.

EODs will likely begin near the end of September and will be spread out over two pay periods. The sooner everyone gets their memos submitted, the sooner the EOD dates can be confirmed.

Election notice for 2015 executive board election

Click the thumbnail below to view the election notice for the 2015 executive board election for Local 2366 of the National Border Patrol Council. Questions can be referred to the Election Committee at election@nbpc2366.org.

Nationwide Swap Program opens soon

USBP and NBPC will begin solicitation for the Nationwide Swaps (NWS) on August 17, 2015.

As outlined in Sect. 11 of the April 28 MOU, for a BPA to be eligible, he/she:

  • Has served a minimum of 3 years as a BPA, is not the subject of any pending performances or disciplinary action, or is the subject of an investigation of alleged misconduct that may prevent the performance of the full scope of required duties.
  • Has not received or been the subject to three or more disciplinary actions (reprimand up to 14 day suspensions), or a single adverse action (suspension of more than 14 days) within the last 2 years.
  • Is not under a last chance agreement; and
  • Has fulfilled any time-in-station requirements associated with any previously approved relocation or reassignment (If you transferred under the Del Rio Sector Voluntary Swap Program you are not under any sort of requirement to remain in your station for a set period of time, so you may participate in the nationwide swap).

Bargaining Unit employees wishing to participate in the NWS will have to agree to the following:

  • If I am granted an exchange, I agree to not request another swap for two years from the effective date of this requested exchange.
  • I understand that I may request and be granted an excused absence without charge to my leave in an amount not more than 40 hours to enable me to make pre-moving and post-moving arrangements.
  • I understand that any relocation or other cost associated with an approved swap granted under Sect. 11 of the MOU signed on April 28, 2015, are the responsibility of the applicant.

Bargaining Unit employees will have to fill out basic biographical information, including USBP "Enter on Duty" date (EOD). The use of Service Computation Date will not be allowed and will automatically disqualify an applicant.

Applicants will be able to request up to four locations. All selections will be made solely on the basis of seniority. Employees granted a swap will also take on the other employee's Pay Tier and Shift .

The solicitation will open on August 17, 2015, 0800 CDT and close on September 5, 2015, 2400 CDT.

Agents will not have to request access or permission to any site prior or during the open-period.

The following link is accessible only on a government computer:
https://uconnect.cbpnet.cbp.dhs.gov/sites/OBP/MSD/wm/nwsp/Pages/default....

The following stations/locations are not able to participate in the NWS at this time:
Abilene, Albuquerque, Amarillo, Billings, Dallas, Lubbock, Midland, Pecos, Riverside, San Angelo, San Antonio, Twin Falls

Nomination period open

Nominations for the offices of President, Executive Vice President, Vice President North, Vice President South, Treasurer, and Secretary will be accepted at the August 13, 2015 meeting in Eagle Pass, Texas at the Hampton Inn at 7:00pm.

The term of office will run for (2) two years.

Nominations should be submitted at the Local 2366 Union...

Congressional inquiry into VF Solutions as Border Patrol's uniform vendor

In April, Congressman Stevan Pearce from New Mexico sent a letter to CBP asking for answers from them regarding VF Solutions being given yet another uniform contract. In his letter, he cited the uniform survey that started earlier this year with Local 2366 and then went on to ask questions about body cameras.

Below you will find Congressman Pearce's letter to CBP (PDF) along with CBP's response to his inquiry (PDF). Not surprisingly, CBP didn't address many of the congressman's concerns, and instead said that the "decision to award to VF Solutions was based on the technical merits of the proposal, cost, and past performance" and that, "overall, based on adequate competition, the prices were determined to be fair and reasonable in accordance with the [Federal Acquisition Regulations] FAR."

CBP said that Border Patrol agents were involved in the procurement of the contract, but they ignored the survey results cited in the congressman's letter.

NBPC greatly appreciates Congressman Pearce taking the time to look into this issue and we will continue to address VF Solutions' various shortcomings.

Links:
Congressman Pearce's letter to CBP (PDF)
CBP's response to Congressman Pearce (PDF)

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