United States Capitol Police--Overtime Pay and Compensatory Leave for Employees Whose Salaries Are Fixed By Statute
B-305835: Jul 19, 2005
On July 7, 2005, the United States Capitol Police Board requested our opinion on the authority of the United States Capitol Police (USCP) to provide overtime pay and compensatory and annual leave to its members and civilian employees. The Board expressed particular concern with the application of section 1009 of Public Law 108-7 to members of the USCP at the rank of lieutenant and above. Because of these concerns and concerns independently brought to our attention by the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives, we expedited development of our opinion. Accordingly, this letter responds in part to the request by addressing the USCP's authority to provide overtime pay and compensatory leave to its three officials whose salaries are set by statute: the Chief of Police, the Assistant Chief of Police, and the Chief Administrative Officer.