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H.R. 3731 (115th): Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act of 2018


The text of the bill below is as of Dec 5, 2017 (Passed the House).

Summary of this bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

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.


I

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3731

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To provide overtime pay for employees of the United States Secret Service, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017.

2.

Extension of overtime pay exception through 2018 for protective services

(a)

In general

The Overtime Pay for Protective Services Act of 2016 (5 U.S.C. 5547 note) is amended—

(1)

in the section heading for section 2, by striking 2016 and inserting 2016 through 2018; and

(2)

by striking during 2016 each place it appears and inserting during 2016 through 2018.

(b)

Effective date

The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect as if enacted on December 31, 2016.

(c)

Report on extensions

Not later than January 30, 2018, and January 30, 2019, the Director of the Secret Service shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate a report on the effects of the amendment made by subsection (a)(2). The report shall include, with respect to the previous calendar year—

(1)

the total number of United States Secret Service personnel receiving premium pay above the premium pay limitation in subsection (a) of section 5547 of title 5, United States Code;

(2)

the total amount of premium pay for that calendar year paid to United States Secret Service personnel above the premium pay limitation in such subsection;

(3)

the mean and median amount of premium pay paid to United States Secret Service personnel above the premium pay limitation in such subsection;

(4)

the greatest amount paid to United States Secret Service personnel above the premium pay limitation in such subsection and the number of employees who received that amount;

(5)

notwithstanding the amendments made by subsection (a), the total number of United States Secret Service personnel who were not fully compensated for service because of the premium pay earnings limitation in section 118 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2001 (5 U.S.C. 5547 note);

(6)

the total amount of premium pay United States Secret Service personnel would have been paid but for the premium pay earnings limitation in such section; and

(7)

a list of United States Secret Service personnel who, within the calendar year, received premium pay above the premium pay limitation in subsection (a) of section 5547 of title 5, United States Code, and separated from the agency, including the type of separation in each case.

3.

Report of the Comptroller General of the United States

Not later than 1 year after the effective date of this section, the Comptroller General of the United States shall complete a study and submit to the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives, the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate a report on the extent of the progress made by the United States Secret Service in implementing the recommendations of the United States Secret Service Protective Mission Panel, including in particular those items pertaining to training and personnel enumerated in the Executive Summary to Report from the United States Secret Service Protective Mission Panel to the Secretary of Homeland Security dated December 15, 2014.

4.

Rescissions

(a)

Rescission of unobligated balances in the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund

Of the unobligated balances available under the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund, $10,000,000 is hereby permanently rescinded.

(b)

Authorization To rescind future unobligated balances in the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund

There is authorized to be rescinded from the unobligated balances available under the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund $7,000,000 in fiscal year 2018 and $3,000,000 in fiscal year 2019.

Passed the House of Representatives December 5, 2017.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.