H.R. 6302, Overtime Pay for Secret Service Agents Act of 2016

H.R. 6302

Overtime Pay for Secret Service Agents Act of 2016

Date
November 30, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On­­­­ Wednesday, November 30, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 6302, the Overtime Pay for Secret Service Agents Act of 2016, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 6302 was introduced on November 14, 2016, by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which ordered the bill reported, by voice vote, on November 16, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 6302 provides an increase in premium pay for United States Secret Service agents performing protective services during calendar year 2016 to address uncompensated overtime that has been accrued by Secret Service agents.

Background

To date, adequate compensation for overtime hours worked during the 2016 presidential campaign has not been paid to United States Secret Service (USSS) employees. At least 1,000 agents have maxed out their pay.[1] An agent’s annual pay, including overtime, is capped at $160,300. However, during presidential years an agent can easily work more time than covered by that amount.[2]

According to the Partnership for Public Service, the Secret Service ranks 319 out of 320 agencies on the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.[3] The agency’s chief strategy officer recognized this issue in a recent hearing. He stated, “The ‘max out’ issue has been consistently identified as one of the top issues affecting employee morale and employee retention. However, the protective mission requires continued, uninterrupted coverage for our protectees, requiring individuals to work over the amount for which they are to be legally paid due to the annual cap.”[4]

According to the bill’s sponsor, “almost every single agent in the Secret Service has performed overtime for which they have not been compensated. This is not a volunteer job and when you take yourself and put your life on the line to protect others and protect this nation […] you should get compensated for that, and we need to address that.”[5]

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[1] See USA Today, Hundreds of Secret Service agents maxed out on overtime October 23, 2016
[2] See Washington Post, The Troubled Lives of Secret Service Agents, November 16, 2016
[3] See Best Places to Work in the Federal Government
[4] See Oversight and Government Hearing, Oversight of the Secret Service, November 15, 2016
[5] See Washington Post, The Troubled Lives of Secret Service Agents, November 16, 2016

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate is currently not available.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-1828.