H.R. 6893 would remove certain limits on premium pay for employees of the Secret Service who provide protective services in calendar years 2019 and 2020. The bill’s provisions would not apply to years after 2020. The bill would extend the provisions that governed such premium pay during calendar years 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Under current law, the Secret Service disbursed a total of about $23 million in additional premium pay for calendar years 2016 (a presidential election year) and 2017. The agency expects such premium pay to decline somewhat in 2019 and 2020 because a recent increase in permanent staff has reduced the need for overtime. Using information from the Secret Service, CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost a total of $17 million over the fiscal year 2019-2021 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts. We expect overtime spending to surge in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 (October through December) as a result of the 2020 presidential election. The costs of this bill are shown in the attached table and fall within budget function 750 (administration of justice).
Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 6893 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2029.
H.R. 6893 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.