Premium Pay for Federal Inspectors at U.S. Ports-of-Entry

Gao ID: GGD-74-91 February 14, 1975

The U.S. Customs Service, Department of the Treasury; Immigration and Naturalization Service, Department of Justice; the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Department of Agriculture; and the Public Health Service, Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) perform inspectional services at U.S. ports of entry. The premium pay laws and regulations of the four agencies contain different provisions for compensating inspectors. In addition, the amount of premium pay reimbursed to the government by parties-in-interest (airlines, shipowners, etc.) varies among agencies.

As a result of the different premium pay laws and regulations, inspectors of different agencies working about the same number of overtime hours are paid for varying numbers of hours. Also, although the government is reimbursed by parties-in-interest for most of the premium pay for Customs and Agriculture inspectors, the government is not reimbursed for a large share of such pay for Public Health Service and Immigration inspectors.


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