Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives today approved by a vote of 407-4 the Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017 (H.R. 3731), authored by Congressman John Katko (R-N.Y.). This bipartisan bill ensures that the men and women of the United States Secret Service are paid for the overtime they work in 2017 and 2018.
The Secret Service recently reported that more than 1,000 agents, which is a third of their workforce, have already maxed-out their annual overtime and salary under the pay cap set under current law, which prohibits agents from being paid for overtime after reaching the maximum annual salary for the pay rate of GS-15. The Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act allows the Secret Service to pay additional overtime for this year and the next. The bill also requires the Government Accountability Office to report on what the agency has done to implement the recommendations of the United States Secret Service Protective Mission Panel, particularly any actions related to addressing training and personnel challenges.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) applauded today’s passage of the Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act in the statement below.
Chairman Goodlatte: “Every day, the men and women of the Secret Service selflessly put their lives on the line to keep the President, other protectees, and the White House complex safe from harm. Ongoing threats and responsibilities have placed a strain on the Secret Service’s resources and many agents have had to work overtime without being paid due to constraints in current law. Today the House of Representatives voted to fix this problem by passing the Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act, which ensures that agents are rightfully compensated for the work they do. I thank Congressman Katko for his work on this bill and call on the Senate to pass it without delay.”