Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: S. 2970, A Bill to Amend Title 5, United States Code, to Expand Law Enforcement Availability Pay to Employees of the Air and Marine Operations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection   [open pdf - 86KB]

This is the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Cost Estimate as ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and and Governmental Affairs on May 25, 2016. From the Document: "S. 2970 would change the system for determining overtime compensation for certain employees of Air and Marine Operations in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Based on information from CBP, CBO estimates that implementing S. 2970 would reduce costs by about $2 million annually or $10 million over the 2017-2021 period, assuming future appropriations are reduced consistent with the bill's provisions. Enacting the legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply. CBO estimates that enacting S. 2970 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027. Under current law, about 500 law enforcement officers in Air and Marine Operations are eligible for overtime compensation under three different schedules: the Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the Federal Employee Pay Act (FEPA). Total overtime costs for those officers, including pay and benefits, totaled $18 million in 2015. Their total base pay was $46 million in that year. Under S. 2970, law enforcement officers in Air and Marine Operations would no longer be eligible for overtime compensation under AUO or the FLSA. The bill would make them eligible for Law Enforcement Availability Pay, and they would remain eligible for FEPA overtime pay. Costs would decline under S. 2970 mostly because the affected officers would no longer receive compensation required under the FLSA."

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