Regional
10:50 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Obama Budget Targets Border Patrol Overtime

New Mexico – The union that represents Border Patrol agents says an overtime proposal in President Barack Obama's budget means losses for frontline agents.

The proposal is an attempt to save $110 million by changing the overtime system for Border Patrol agents. They now get time and a half for their first 10 hours of overtime per week, and half-time for any additional unscheduled overtime hours.

The president's budget proposes to pay agents straight-time for their first 10 hours of overtime per week, and no compensation for any additional, unscheduled overtime hours.

A Homeland Security Department Budget document says the change would eliminate waste and inefficiency.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.