|Legislation Introduced to Fix CBP Retirement Issue|
SUMMARY: Legislation has been introduced in the Senate to correct a retirement error impacting nearly 1,500 CBP employees.
Yesterday, Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Retirement Corrections Act (S. 3868). This important piece of legislation would finally provide relief for the nearly 1,500 Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPOs) who were told they were no longer eligible for a proportional annuity and subject to mandatory retirement after 20 years of law enforcement service.
As you know, in 2007, President Bush signed legislation into law that made CBPOs eligible for the 1.7 percent enhanced Law Enforcement Officer retirement system. To help with the transition to this new retirement system, any officer hired before and serving on July 6, 2008, who chose to retire prior to serving 20 years under the new retirement system is eligible to receive a proportional enhanced retirement benefit for their post-July 2008 years of service and is exempt from the new mandatory retirement age. However, approximately 1,500 CBPOs who were told when they were hired that they were eligible for this proportional annuity and exempt from mandatory retirement were later notified that this was a mistake and that they are not eligible for the 1.7 percent annuity unless they complete 20 years of law enforcement service.
This legislation would correct this error and allow the impacted employees to retire, as promised, with the higher proportional annuity rate and without requiring 20 years of service. The federal government made a promise to these workers, and this legislation will ensure that the government keeps that promise.
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