• Post Paris, Refugee Issue Threatens Government Funding

    Post Paris, Refugee Issue Threatens Government Funding

    Last month, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R), chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the State Department and refugee issues introduced legislation (S. 2145) to provide an additional $1 billion in FY2016 funding to bolster refugee resettlement efforts.

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ATF Canine Program Graduates 100th Class

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ National Canine Training and Operations Center in Front Royal, Va., has graduated its 100th class, ATF announced this week in a release.

The class completed ATF’s accelerant and explosives detection canine and handler program, ATF said. Students in the class were from the U.S. Marshals Service, ATF and the Royal Thai Police.

“The ATF canine program helps fight violent crime and protect public safety, and is recognized as a leader in the explosives and accelerant detection canine communities,” said ATF Acting Director B. Todd Jones. “The demand for these specially-trained canines – capable of detecting a wide range of odors – is continually growing. These ATF-certified canines have proven to be a tremendously valuable tool for investigative and law enforcement partners at home and around the globe.”

The training program included a 6-week “imprintation” session which helped them learn to detect firearms, ammunition, and more than 19,000 explosives compounds, as well as a 10-week explosives detection canine (EDC) handlers program. The handlers program helped the canines learn to search areas such as schools, vehicles, train stations, warehouses and retail stores, ATF said.

Nearly 1,000 accelerant and explosives canine teams have graduated from the program and have later been deployed across the United States for use in state, local and federal agencies, and across the globe in 21 foreign countries. ATF originally developed the program to target the use of explosives in the United States and abroad, ATF said.

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This Week on FEDtalk: Carefully Planning Retirement & Health Costs

It’s never too early to research and plan your retirement–including the possibility of a need for long term care. This week, we're giving you the insider tips on retiring like a pro, plus why you should consider adding long term care to your benefits package.

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FLEOA Legislative Update

The FLEOA Legislative Machine prevailed with the hard-fought passage of H.R. 2146 (TSP bill). On June 29th, the FLEOA-initiated TSP bill, Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act, was signed into law. Thanks to the leadership of Rep. Reichert who introduced the bill, those under the law enforcement retirement system will now be able to access their TSP at age 50 without incurring the IRS’ 10 percent penalty.‎ This allows federal law enforcement officers to be on par with their state and local counterparts who are also eligible to retire at age 50.

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