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

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 11, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3731

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 11, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Cummings, Mr. Gowdy, Mr. McCaul, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Ms. Jackson Lee, Mr. Ratcliffe, Ms. Norton, and Mr. Donovan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

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.

Recruitment and retention efforts

(a)

Threat assessments

(1)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Director of the Secret Service shall conduct updated threat assessments on all individuals protected by the United States Secret Service and provide such assessments to the appropriate congressional committees. Such threat assessments shall not be conducted for—

(A)

the President, the Vice President, or any spouses or children of the President or Vice President; or

(B)

former Presidents or Vice Presidents.

(2)

Requirement of threat assessments

The threat assessments required under paragraph (1) shall include a description of the costs, including total annual costs, of the protection of each individual.

(b)

Recruitment and retention

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Director of the Secret Service shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report on the recruitment and retention efforts of the Secret Service. Such report shall include—

(1)

data on the overall attrition rate for agency personnel;

(2)

information on the causes of employee attrition and issues of low morale;

(3)

a strategy for overhauling the agency’s recruitment and hiring process; and

(4)

a strategy for improving retention of agency personnel.

(c)

Extension of protection

Not later than 30 days after the Department of Homeland Security or the United States Secret Service is directed by the President or the Secretary of Homeland Security to extend the protection of an individual beyond the length of time that would otherwise be provided to such individual, and such protection is provided by the United States Secret Service, the Secretary of Homeland Security, acting through the Director of the Secret Service, shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a notice of such extension, including an updated threat assessment on such individual.

(d)

Polygraph test questions

Not later than 10 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Director of the Secret Service shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a list of all questions asked in calendar year 2016 on any polygraph exam the United States Secret Service issued to an applicant for employment in the United States Secret Service.

(e)

Definitions

In this section, the term appropriate congressional committees means—

(1)

the Committee on Homeland Security and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives; and

(2)

the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate.