H.R. 6893 AKA Secret Service Overtime Pay Exception
As a preface to my comments here, I just want it to be clear that the Secret Service expenditures are NOT solely tired to President Trump, as the same commentators who constantly preface their hatred derogatory comments, towards our President.
I’m in strong agreement with and recommend passage of the bill (H.R. 6893)which would extend the Secret Service overtime pay exception through 2020, waiving the premium pay cap for Secret Service employees for the 2019 and 2020 calendar years. This means Secret Service employees would be able to make up to Level 2 of the Executive Schedule in total pay, instead of the $160,000 mandated by the premium pay cap. In 2017, the raised pay cap was $187,000 for the years 2017 and 2018.
It well apparent that we’ve seen many of the Leftist commentators here that don’t have the foggiest idea what the Secret Service responsibilities are that they perform beyond the multitude of security duties they do.
The Skills developed, during the course of assigned investigations, which are also used in an agent’s protective duties include, but are not limited, to:
* Proficiency in analyzing handwriting and forgery techniques being applied in protective investigations of handwritten letters and suspicious package threats.
* Expertise in investigating electronic and financial crimes being applied in protective investigations of threats made against the nation's leaders on the Internet.
* Tactical operation (i.e. surveillance, arrests, and search warrants) and law enforcement writing (i.e. affidavits, after action reports, and operations plans) skills being applied to both investigative and protective duties.
* Partnerships that are created between field offices and local law enforcement during the course of investigations being used to gather both protective intelligence and in coordinating protection events.
Secret Service agents should be paid for their overtime work. Without this bill, that won’t be possible. If Secret Service agents aren’t paid for their overtime work, it’ll also worsen the Service’s existing recruitment and retention problems.