Continuing Resolution Passed

Now that the continuing resolution has passed, there's no legitimate reason for CBP to continue their crusade against AUO. Hopefully we will here some information from HQ, soon.

At the moment, furloughs are still expected to take place. As April 21st approaches, we will provide further guidance. In the meantime, talk to your steward if you are contesting the furlough to see what is next.

Congressman Henry Cuellar's Letter to House Leadership

On March 14, 2012, Congressman Henry Cuellar sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor about CBP employees being furloughed as part of sequestration, as well as Border Patrol agents being de-authorized for AUO. Part of his letter reads:

Congressman Pete Gallego's Letter to The House

On February 22, 2013, members of the executive board of NBPC Local 2366 met with Congressman Pete Gallego regarding the effects of the upcoming sequestration. He explained that he fully supported the U.S. Border Patrol and was committed to doing what he could to help prevent the sequestration.

Senator Cornyn Questions Napolitano's Mismanagement of CBP

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) addressed DHS Secretary Napolitano's mismanagement of the department under the constraints of the sequestration. Senator Cornyn echoed the same concerns that many Border Patrol employees and informed Americans have been asking themselves. In light of the 28% reduction in time Border Patrol Agents are available to work, scheduled to take effect in April 2013, how can Border Patrol Agents possibly maintain security along the border?

Contesting Your Furlough Notification

As you are now aware, the Service has provided a 10-day response time to the furlough proposal. Typically, after we have requested information we are also allowed an extension to analyze the data that we have received and compile a written response. In this case, the furlough letter offers the caveat, "Because of the mandatory fiscal constrictions the Agency is challenged with, no extensions to the written and oral reply periods will be granted." In our opinion, this is one more tactic that CBP in Washington, DC has adopted to shove this adverse action down our throats.

Furlough Pay Calculator

There has been an Excel spreadsheet floating around that helps employees get an idea of what their take-home pay will be under sequestration and furlough. It's not perfect, but the numbers are pretty close.

Click here to download the calculator (Microsoft Excel) and click here to download the instructions for the calculator (Microsoft Word).

AUO De-Authorization Memo Released

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