DRT VSP registration period opens tonight at midnight

As announced earlier this week by Del Rio Sector, the registration period for the DRT Voluntary Swap Program pilot begins tomorrow, Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 0000 hours CST (that's tonight at midnight!). It will be open for the next four weeks, ending on Saturday, November 22, 2014, at 2359 hours CST.

Any submissions entered before 10/26/2014 at 0000 hours CST will not count.

Check your work email for the link. The email was sent to all employees on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 1212 hours CST.

Tests after the SharePoint migration showed that everything is functional, but we would appreciate your patience if there are any technical hiccups. On the registration page, you will be prompted to enter your name and email address. Enter them as they appear in Microsoft Outlook. Please note that all submission times are recorded in Eastern Standard Time.

If you have any questions or concerns, send an email to the DRTVSP mailbox in Outlook.

ROB and VRP details

Update: The VRP/ROB MOU has been posted, here.

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...

Relocation Programs Will Open to All Border Patrol Agents Resulting in Increased Mobility and Better Morale

We are pleased to inform you that the Union and Management have agreed to open up two relocation programs. These two programs could start as early as next month. They are the Voluntary Relocation Program (which originally expired on April 29, 2014) and a new program that will be called the Relocation Opportunity Bulletin (ROB).

The main difference is that the VRP is...

Border Patrol to begin testing body cameras

The U.S. Border Patrol purchased body cameras and will begin testing them this year at its training academy, two people briefed on the move said Wednesday, as new leadership moves to blunt criticism about agents' use of force.

R. Gil Kerlikowske, who has led the Border Patrol's parent agency since March, announced the plans Tuesday to a small group of activists who have pressed for cameras, according to a person who attended the briefing and spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussion was intended to be private. Testing will occur at the Border Patrol academy in Artesia, New Mexico.

Read the rest of the article on foxnews.com.

CBP has not issued any proposals to the NBPC, so we'll have to wait and see what they come up with. There are obvious concerns, such as for how long will the footage be retained, under what circumstances could management review the footage, etc.

Death of BPA Tyler Robledo

NBPC Local 2366, Del Rio Sector, and the rest of the U.S. Border Patrol grieve today over the loss of Border Patrol Agent Tyler Robledo in a two-vehicle collision near Carrizo Springs, Texas, early this morning.

Honor First.

Visit ksat.com for an article about the tragedy.

Eldorado Honors Fallen Border Patrol Agent on SanAngeloLive.com

An account has been opened on YouCaring.com to donate to Tyler's family.

Help a DRT supervisor with medical/travel expenses for his little girl

A GoFundMe account has been created to help raise funds to help with the medical and travel expenses incurred by SBPA Iracheta and his family while caring for his little girl who was diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease-Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Despite the hard times that Border Patrol agents have been facing lately, we always come together in the end to help out a fellow agent in need.

Please click here to read more about SBPA Iracheta's daughter and to donate.

Del Rio Sector Voluntary Swap Program is a go

Today, representatives from NBPC Local 2366 met with Chief Karisch and others from Del Rio Sector (DRT) management to sign the new standard operating procedure (SOP) for the DRT Voluntary Swap Program (VSP). The DRT VSP will be a pilot program, lasting for one year. There will be two announcements during that one-year period during which employees within Del Rio Sector will be able to register to swap work locations with another Del Rio Sector employee.

The open date of the first registration period is scheduled to take place on October 5, 2014, which is the start of pay period 20, the first full pay period in the next fiscal year. The registration period will last for a total of two pay periods (PP20 and PP21).

Sector will send a memo to all employees shortly explaining how the process will work. We will post that information here, along with a list of frequently asked questions.

Edit: Del Rio Sector sent out these documents announcing the pilot program.

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