Another Body Slam Coming for AUO

NBPC Brandon Judd and Chief Fisher will be testifying in front of Congress today (01/28/2014) around 2:00 PM EST about AUO. Check CSPAN for coverage.

The following article was originally posted on NBPC Local 2544's website.

NBPC has received information from very good sources that sometime this week, and possibly as early as today, DHS will notify OBP that the use of AUO for managers at HQ, the Situation Room and all agents at the Academy and Asset Forfeiture will no longer be allowed. These were the specific areas most recently investigated by OSC, but OSC is continuing and expanding their investigation into Sector and Station level use of AUO.

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Congressional Negotiators Reach Deal on Omnibus Spending Plan

It is 1,582 pages of give and take—some might even dare to call it compromise—that provides at least a nine-month truce in the fierce fighting over the federal budget that has torn Congress asunder for years.

Like the budget agreement that preceded it, the omnibus spending bill for the remainder of fiscal 2014 unveiled Monday night by congressional appropriators represents a small deal that provides few changes and no major overhauls to key programs targeted by each party.

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2014 Spring Semester Scholarships

Congratulations to Alyssa Bermea, Vanerick Domenech, and Adelina Zamora for winning scholarships for the Spring 2014 semester!

Click on their names above to view the award letters (PDF).

Check back later this year for information regarding future scholarships.

Senate approves budget, sends to Obama

Washington (CNN) -- For the first time in what seems like ages, Congress has passed a government spending plan without resorting to last-minute brinkmanship such as midnight negotiations to prevent an imminent government shutdown.

The Senate voted 64-36 on Wednesday to send the compromise federal budget framework to President Barack Obama, who has signaled his support.

Last week, the budget plan easily passed the House on a 332-94 vote, with solid majorities of both parties supporting it.

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Monthly meeting tonight with NBPC President Brandon Judd

The monthly meeting for dues-paying members of NBPC Local 2366 will take place tonight at 7:00 pm, December 12, 2013, at the Ramada Inn in Del Rio, Texas. NBPC President Brandon Judd will be present to answer any questions you may have.

Dues-paying members are welcome to bring their spouses and dinner will be provided.

Please RSVP at nbpc2366@yahoo.com if you are going to attend.

There have been questions about whether the meeting will be streamed online or recorded, either video or audio. Union meetings are for dues-paying members, invited guests, and employees from other NBPC locals -- not those who do not pay dues. Since it is not possible to discern if people viewing a live stream of the meeting are dues-paying members, it will not be allowed, nor will video or audio recording. If there were a mechanism to ensure that only dues-paying members view it and that it would not be copied or disseminated, it would be something we could allow. We are also not fond of the faces and names of agents and potentially their spouses being broadcast on the Internet. Everyone is welcome to take notes during the meeting.

We understand that not everyone can make it to meetings, which is why they take place on the same day of every month and the dates and locations are posted online well in advance in order to allow employees to adjust their schedules to attend.

If it is discovered that anyone is recording either audio, video, or both during the meeting, they will be asked to leave. Thank you for your cooperation.

Budget Deal Asks New Feds to Contribute More to Pensions

New federal employees and military retirees would have to contribute more to their pensions under the bipartisan deal the congressional budget conference committee unveiled Tuesday evening.

Federal workers hired on or after Jan. 1, 2014, with less than five years of service would have to pay 4.4 percent toward their defined retirement benefit -- 1.3 percent more than the current 3.1 percent that employees hired after 2012 contribute.

Military retirees under the age of 62 would see a decrease...

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NBPC Newsletter for December 9, 2013

IMPORTANT: This information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time, or sent to others using government equipment, because it suggests action to be taken in support of and/or against legislation. Do not list your government email or government address in filling out this message, and do not use a government provided phone for this action.

Brandon Judd to testify about use of AUO

Update:The hearing was postponed due to inclement weather.

On December 10, 2013 in Washington, DC, NBPC President Brandon Judd will be testifying before the Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce. Judd will testify about the use of AUO and the need to modernize the pay system for Border Patrol agents in light of...

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