April 6, 2018
Press Release

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – This week, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24), the U.S. Secret Service Retention Act of 2018 (HR 3731), was signed into law by President Donald Trump.

Katko, who serves as Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Transportation and Protective Security Subcommittee introduced the legislation with Rep. Elijah Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, in a bipartisan effort to ensure that the men and women of the U.S. Secret Service are paid for the overtime they worked in 2017 and 2018.

“The men and women of the Secret Service put their own lives on the line every day for our country and make tremendous personal sacrifices,” said Rep. John Katko. “These men and women have been working overtime without pay, and this measure will ensure that they are justly compensated.  We cannot expect the Secret Service to recruit and retain the best of the best if their agents are not being compensated for the additional work that is demanded of them.”

The Secret Service has reported that more than 1,000 agents, which is a third of its workforce, have maxed-out 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 last year and this year.  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.