Pay Bump to Border Agents Willing to Stay on the Job

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is hoping to prevent its border patrol agents from leaving by offering them some old-fashioned motivation: cash.

The 5% retention incentive would apply to all GS-12 and GS-13 border patrol agents, according to an April 24 CBP release.

Agents who agree to stay with the agency for 12 months will get a retention bonus quarterly that amounts to 5% of their base salary. Service agreements will be available in May and incentives will begin to accrue in June. Agents could see payments as soon as September.

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

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