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:

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.

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

Round two of Del Rio Sector's Voluntary Swap Program pilot

Earlier this month, Chief Karisch sent out two emails announcing the second round of Del Rio Sector's Voluntary Swap Program pilot, set to open up Sunday, May 31, 2015, at midnight, and run through June 27, 2015, at 11:59 pm. To be clear, the webpage will open up overnight on Saturday night/Sunday morning.

To find the VSP website, connect to CBPnet Secure while on an agency computer. Click "USBP" in the menu at the top, go over to the "Sectors" option in the menu on the left, and then choose "Del Rio." You will find a button that says "VSP (Voluntary Swap Program)" on the left.

Note: there are still older pages from the DRT VSP's last round (Fall 2014) still on CBPnet Secure, so make sure the page you register on has information for the Spring 2015 VSP.

After the first round of DRT's VSP, 64 Border Patrol agents were able to move to new stations within Del Rio Sector. We hope to see a similar number this round, so be sure to register.

This is not the national swap program, which is currently being developed by NBPC. Updates on that will be posted when available.

Questions about the program should be referred to the DRTVSP email account on Outlook.

PORAC representatives to attend June membership meeting

Representatives from PORAC's Legal Defense Fund will be at the membership meeting at 7:00 pm on June 11th at the Holiday Inn Express in Uvalde.

PORAC is an organization run by cops, for cops, that paid out approximately $75 million in benefits to represent law enforcement officers nationwide over the past five years.

They will give a brief presentation and answer any questions members may have regarding their coverage.

Scholarships available for Fall 2015 semester

Every semester, the Local 2366 Scholarship Committee awards a scholarship to the spouses of dues-paying members, children of dues-paying member, or a dues-paying member of the Local 2366. The scholarship is available for students pursuing undergraduate studies within a two or four-year academic institution. There is a single $1,000 scholarship per semester. The funds will be disbursed in a single lump-sum check payable to any accredited two or four-year college or university in the United States.

The deadline for applications for the Fall 2015 semester has been extended until July 1, 2015.

Click here to learn about the requirements (PDF).

The application is available, here (PDF).

H.R. 2252 signed into law

H.R. 2252 has been signed into law by the President (POTUS).

This law will restore FLSA for BPAs until January 2016, when the BPAPRA should be fully implemented. We are hopeful that immediate restoration of FLSA will allow for payment to be made within the current paychecks, but we'll have to see if it works out right away.


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