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    Just got this information today.

    H.R.1684
    Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (Introduced in House)

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    SEC. 501. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OFFICER PAY EQUITY.

    (a) Definitions- For purposes of this section:

    (1) The term `Government retirement system' means a retirement system established by law for employees of the Government of the United States.

    (2) The term `Customs and Border Protection Officer position' refers to any Customs and Border Protection Officer position--

    (A) which is within the Department of Homeland Security, and

    (B) the primary duties of which consist of enforcing the border, customs, or agriculture laws of the United States;

    such term includes a supervisory or administrative position within the Department of Homeland Security to which an individual transfers directly from a position described in the preceding provisions of this paragraph in which such individual served for at least three years.

    (3) The term `law enforcement officer' has the meaning given such term under the Government retirement system involved.

    (4) The term `Executive agency' or `agency' has the meaning given under section 105 of title 5, United States Code.

    (5) The term `prior qualified service' means service as a Customs and Border Protection Officer within the Department of Homeland Security, since its creation in March 2003.

    (b) Treatment as a Law Enforcement Officer- In the administration of any Government retirement system, service in a Customs and Border Protection Officer position shall be treated in the same way as service performed in a law enforcement officer position, subject to succeeding provisions of this section.

    (c) Applicability- Subsection (b) shall apply in the case of--

    (1) any individual first appointed to a Customs and Border Protection Officer position on or after the date of the enactment of this Act; and

    (2) any individual who--

    (A) holds a Customs and Border Protection Officer position on the date of the enactment of this Act pursuant to an appointment made before such date; and

    (B) who submits to the agency administering the retirement system involved an appropriate election under this section, not later than five years after the date of the enactment of this Act or before separation from Government service, whichever is earlier.

    (d) Individual Contributions for Prior Qualified Service-

    (1) IN GENERAL- An individual described in subsection (c)(2)(B) may, with respect to prior qualified service performed by such individual, contribute to the Government retirement system by which such individual is covered (for deposit in the appropriate fund within the Treasury) the difference between the individual contributions that were actually made for such service and the individual contributions that should have been made for such service if subsection (b) had then been in effect (with interest).

    (2) EFFECT OF NOT CONTRIBUTING- If less than the full contribution under paragraph (1) is made, all prior qualified service of the individual shall remain fully creditable as law enforcement officer service, but the resulting annuity (before cost-of-living adjustments) shall be reduced in a manner such that, when combined with the unpaid amount, would result in the present value of the total being actuarially equivalent to the present value of the annuity that would otherwise have been payable if the full contribution had been made.

    (e) Government Contributions for Prior Qualified Service-

    (1) IN GENERAL- If an individual makes an election under subsection (c)(2)(B), the Department of Homeland Security shall remit, with respect to any prior qualified service, the total amount of additional Government contributions that would have been required for such service under the retirement system involved if subsection (b) had then been in effect (with interest).

    (2) CONTRIBUTIONS TO BE MADE RATABLY- Government contributions under this subsection on behalf of an individual shall be made ratably (on at least an annual basis) over the ten-year period beginning on the date an individual's retirement deductions begin to be made.

    (f) Exemption From Mandatory Separation- Effective during the three-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, nothing in this section shall result in any individual being involuntarily separated on account of the provisions of any retirement system relating to the mandatory separation of a law enforcement officer on account of age or age and service combined.

    (g) Rule of Construction- Nothing in this section shall be considered to apply in the case of a reemployed annuitant.

    (h) Regulations- Any regulations necessary to carry out this section shall be prescribed in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security.




    Homeland Security bill would give CBP officers more benefits
    By STEPHEN LOSEY
    March 28, 2007
    The House of Representatives is considering giving Customs and Border Protection officers the same retirement benefits as law enforcement officers as part of the Homeland Security Department’s 2008 budget authorization bill.
    CBP officers carry guns and badges and enforce the law, much like other federal police officers. But they do not have official law enforcement status and do not receive the higher pay, early retirement or other benefits given to other officers.
    Once approved, the bill, HR 1684, would give CBP officers a five-year window to retire early. The previous retirement rules would apply after that window expires.
    CBP officers under the Civil Service Retirement System and the Federal Employees Retirement System would be able to retire at 50 years of age if they have at least 20 years of federal service. Officers under FERS who have at least 25 years of federal service would be able to retire at any age.
    CBP officers now have to be age 62 with at least five years of service, age 60 with at least 20 years of service, or age 55 with at least 30 years of service, just like most federal employees.
    Lawmakers from both parties and the American Federation of Government Employees have lobbied for years to get CBP officers recognized as law enforcement officers by the federal government. Some worry that the lower pay and inferior benefits make it tougher for CBP to retain its officers.
    The authorization bill marked up by the House Homeland Security Committee on March 28 would provide $39.8 billion for Homeland Security, $2.1 billion more than President Bush requested in February.
    Nine million dollars of that increase would go to the inspector general’s office to help it pay for a standing disaster preparedness, response and recovery oversight shop. The IG would receive a total of $108.5 million under the House’s proposed 2008 budget.
    And other funding would go to rehiring retired employees as annuitants, as long as existing employees are not pushed out to make way for the annuitants. The bill would allow the secretary to hire up to 250 retired procurement and contract management specialists, up to 500 retired border security specialists, and up to 100 retired intelligence analysts.
    Lawmakers are especially concerned about Homeland Security’s procurement shops. Numerous reports have identified problems with the department’s procurement processes, and committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said 40 percent of the department’s budget went to contractors in 2006.
    Homeland Security’s chief procurement officer would have to create acquisition training courses under the bill.
    The House bill also would establish a National Biosurveillance Integration Center to improve the government’s ability to quickly identify and track an attack using biological weapons or other such outbreak. Homeland Security would have until the end of fiscal 2008 to set up the center.
    And the Homeland Security secretary would have to complete a Comprehensive Homeland Security Review along with the department’s budget every four years, which lawmakers said would be similar to the Pentagon’s quadrennial defense review. The review would make sure Homeland Security’s personnel, assets, structure and procurement processes are properly aligned with its mission and strategy.

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    Search bill # 1684 : Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (Introduced in House)

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    • #3
      I hope they hold off until I'm hired. Darn it sux getting old.
      But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

      For the intelectually challenged: If the government screws the people enough, it is the right and responsibility of the people to revolt and form a new government.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by kc12
        I hope they hold off until I'm hired. Darn it sux getting old.
        Kc,
        Are you in the process with CBP? If so, I think you'll be OK. If not, then yes, you need to worry. Good luck brother!

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