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seems Alles is backtracking ... or clarifying (depending on how ya look at it). "The Secret Service has the funding it needs to meet all current mission requirements for the remainder of the fiscal year and compensate employees for overtime within statutory pay caps," Alles said in a new statement. "The Secret Service estimates that roughly 1,100 employees will work overtime hours in excess of statutory pay caps during calendar year 2017. "Our agency experienced a similar situation in calendar year 2016 that resulted in legislation that allowed Secret Service employees to exceed statutory caps on pay."
"To remedy this ongoing and serious problem, the agency has worked closely with the Dept. of Homeland Security, the Administration, and the Congress over the past several months to find a legislative solution."
In his updated statement, Alles expressed optimism that DHS, the White House and Congress would once again find a solution for their current manpower shortage that ensure all employees are paid for their hours worked. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., introduced a bill earlier this year that would give agents who have met their caps credit for their extra hours worked by applying them toward their retirement pensions. Catura called on Congress to raise the cap, and said it should give the Secret Service director or DHS secretary authority to grant waivers each year as needed. Other agencies in addition to Secret Service have reached out to him about hitting the pay cap.