Border Patrol Local 2544 once again shows us from an agent's perspective that the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing at higher administrative levels. We told you about DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano's dramatic pronouncement that the border was secure, which was shortly followed by her ordering that a sequestration cut of $283M jointly to the Border Patrol and Port Inspectors (the two groups have about the same number of agents) was going to be 88% applied to the Border Patrol ($248M).
Napolitano then let hundreds of illegal aliens free who were in detention due to the possibility of a sequestration.
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NOW, the seemingly unending stream of insults inflicted by dimwitted clowns in higher administration on the rank and file Border Patrol agents continues. Local 2544 has revealed that on the day we accused Napolitano of playing both sides against the middle, a memo was issued by the Chief of the Border Patrol Mike Fisher announcing that in many sectors, managers (Patrol Agents in Charge or PAICs) will be reclassified up a full grade level. Locales where PAICs are rated GS-13 will be bumped up to GS-14, and those already at GS-14 will be raised to GS-15.
Which means that rank and file agents who are looking at a 40% cut in salary starting this next month will be watching their managers get between $15,000 and $22,000 raises (if I read the charts correctly).
It could be that the increases might be blocked in the event of sequestration, but that has not been clarified. For the record, I have no problem giving people increases for doing a good job. The problem here is the old shell game: there's no money for some people, but somehow it's there for others.
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