Secret Service Agents Working Hundreds of Hours of Overtime for Free
Due to a federal salary cap, United States Secret Service agents are not getting paid for hundreds of hours of work on the ever-demanding presidential campaign trail.
Since early 2016, numerous agents have been working overtime for free because they either hit their per-pay-period cap or annual cap that limits an agent’s combined salary and overtime to $160,300.
Although Secret Service agents are routinely paid overtime, unlike many of their federal peers, they are running up against caps on overtime pay.
When overtime drives an agent’s aggregate income past the $160,300 limit — no matter how early in the year — that agent may no longer earn paid overtime, even as they regularly work long past a 50-hour week, traveling around the clock with the candidates, their families, the Obamas, the Bidens, and the press, Buzzfeed reports.
“It’s been an incredible sacrifice,” Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy told USA Today of the demands on agents this year.
Earlier this year, the Senate and House considered raising the federal salary cap by $10,000, but the efforts have made no headway.
Pat O’Carroll, Executive Director for the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, summed up the issue best when he told FEDagent, “Most FLEOA members get up in the morning, pick up their badge, their weapon, spend the day fighting crime, and then return home to their families. Secret Service agents go to their high stress protective assignments, work sixteen hour days, and don't come home for weeks at a time - often without any overtime compensation. Congress needs to raise the overtime pay cap so that agents can be properly compensated for the tens of thousands of dollars that they are not being paid because of antiquated pay restrictions.”
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