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Thursday, March 4th, 2021

CBP announces retention incentive for US border patrol agents

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In accordance with the Border Patrol comprehensive recruitment and retention strategy, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently unveiled a new retention incentive for GS-12 and GS-13 Border Patrol agents.

“Investing in the men and women of the United States Border Patrol continues to be my top priority,” U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost said. “Their experience and expertise is critical to successfully accomplishing the border security mission.”

The offer extended to agents stipulates those who participate in a 12-month service agreement would receive a retention bonus on a quarterly basis, equal to 5 percent of their base salary. The 5 percent retention incentive is the product of months of collaboration between CBP and the National Border Patrol Council.

“CBP has aggressively implemented an innovative and multifaceted recruitment and retention strategy, improving the frontline hiring process and related capabilities,” John P. Sanders, senior official performing the duties of Commissioner, said. “We are facing a humanitarian and border security crisis on the Southwest border, and those who serve on the frontline are vital to that effort. I would like to thank the National Border Patrol Council for their support in moving this initiative forward.”

Service agreements will be available next month while incentives will begin to accrue in June. Agents will begin to receive incentive payments as soon as September.