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H.R. 3731: Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017

H.R. 3731, would remove certain limits on overtime pay earned by employees of the Secret Service who either provided protective services in calendar year 2017 or will provide them in 2018.

Under current law, the Secret Service are prohibited from being paid overtime after reaching the maximum annual salary for the pay rate of GS-15. The Service recently reported more than 1,000 agents—a third of the workforce—have already maxed-out on their annual overtime and salary under this pay cap.

Similar legislation was enacted in the 114th Congress to fund overtime pay for 1,400 Secret Service employees in during the 2016 presidential campaign year.

Last updated Dec 4, 2017. Source: Republican Policy Committee

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Sep 11, 2017.

Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017

This bill amends the Overtime Pay for Protective Services Act of 2016 to extend through 2018 the exemption of U.S. Secret Service officers, employees, and agents who perform protective services from the limitation on premium pay otherwise applicable to federal employees.

The Secret Service must report to Congress by January 30, 2018, and January 30, 2019, on the amounts of premium pay above the limitation paid to Secret Service personnel in the previous year.

The Secret Service must conduct and provide to Congress updated threat assessments, including protection costs, on all of the individuals who are protected by the Secret Service. No such assessments will be conducted for the President, the Vice-President, their spouses or children, or former Presidents or Vice-Presidents.

The Secret Service must submit to Congress: (1) a report on its recruitment and retention efforts; (2) a notice whenever it, at the direction of the Department of Homeland Security or the President, extends the protection of an individual beyond the length of time such protection would otherwise be provided; and (3) a list of all of the questions asked in 2016 on any polygraph exam it issued to applicants for employment.