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Sequestration is Here - Summary of Effects for Federal Agents and Law Enforcement Officers

Written by FEDagent on . Posted in General News

March 1, sequestration day, is here. Congress and the Administration were unable to come to an agreement on ways to avoid the draconian, across-the-board spending cuts before the self-imposed deadline.

While not all agencies have made public their plans for addressing sequestration, including the potential furloughing of employees, below is a summary of information available to FEDagent at the time of publication. If you have any information we’ve missed, please email us and we will update this story next week!

Federal Courts: 20,000 employees of federal courts could be furloughed for 16 days, and some may face layoffs.

Homeland Security Department: Law enforcement personnel could face up to 14 furlough days, according to a February 13 letter from DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. Staffing reductions would be felt by frontline employees at Customs and Border Patrol and the Transportation Security Administration. Immigration and Customs Enforcement stated that it would not be able to sustain current detention and removal operations of illegal immigrants, or maintain the 34,000 detention beds mandated by Congress.

Justice Department: The Justice Department is facing a $1.6 billion cut, according to a letter from the Attorney General’s office. DoJ employees face one furlough day per pay period. The department may furlough hundreds of federal prosecutors, resulting in the prosecution of approximately 1,000 fewer criminal cases nationwide, and some civil litigation defending the financial interests of the United States would not be pursued.FBI Director Robert Mueller has said $550 million in cuts to the bureau “would have the net effect of cutting 2,285 employees -- including 775 agents -- through furloughs and a hiring freeze,” according to the FBI Agents Association. FBI personnel could face 14 furlough days. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) would lose $60 million of its budget. The Federal Bureau of Prisons faces a $338 million cut and employees could be furloughed up to 12 days. The U.S. Marshals Service faces a cut of $60 million and the need to furlough its 5,100 employees for up to 13 days.

In a Huffington Post interview, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) president Jon Adler offered his assessment. Adler said Congress was essentially willing to endanger Americans through political games, given that federal law enforcement officers could be furloughed if the sequester kicks in.

"The road to a lawless society is currently being paved by the congressional sequester," Adler declared, claiming that budget cuts would make it more difficult for the feds to capture terrorists and child molesters. "What they're going to do is amputate the long arm of the law. We're not going to sit back and go gentle into the sequester. The consequences are dire. It's unfortunate we have to reach this point."

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On April 8, the National Law Enforcement Museum held the ninth event in our Witness to History series, sponsored by Target. For the second time, the Museum partnered with the International Spy Museum, our host for a great evening and fascinating program: DarkMarket & the FBI Agent who Became Master Splyntr.

Craig Floyd, Chairman & CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, kicked off the program by welcoming the nearly 150 guests in attendance, and thanking the event’s sponsor, Target, and host, Peter Earnest, Executive Director of the Spy Museum. He then introduced the panel moderator, Shawn Henry, former Assistant Director of the FBI and current President of CrowdStrike Services; and panelists, J. Keith Mularski, FBI Supervisory Special Agent; and Kevin Poulsen, Investigations Editor of WIRED Magazine.

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Want to win a FREE ticket to the nation's premiere government security, law enforcement and homeland security expo and conference?

GovSec 2014 is the only event that brings together everything you need to be ready when it counts. This year's conference runs from May 13-15 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC.

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The Justice Department announced last week that three individuals have been charged for alleged roles in an approximately $32 million fraud against a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides discounted telephone services to low-income customers.

The indictment charged three defendants with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and fifteen substantive counts of wire fraud, false claims, and money laundering.

According to the indictment, the defendants engaged in a scheme to submit false claims with the federal Lifeline Program, which provides affordable, nationwide telephone service to Americans through discounted rates for qualifying low-income customers. The Lifeline Program is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company, a not-for-profit designated and authorized by the FCC.

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The Public Employees Roundtable (PER) is collecting testimonials from government employees and members of the public in support of an I “Heart” Public Service whiteboard photo campaign. Images will be posted on the PER on Facebook and Instagram pages.

The group behind Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), which takes place this year from May 4-10, launched the whiteboard campaign in support of this year’s theme: Proud to Serve.

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Eleventh Circuit Held Fourth Amendment Violated Where Police Recorded Attorney-Client Conversation Between A Non-incarcerated Suspect and His Attorney

While investigating an alleged misdemeanor violation of a domestic violence injunction, Detective Thomas Marmo and Sergeant Brian Canova monitored, intercepted, and listened to privileged conversations between their non-incarcerated suspect, Joel Studivant, and his attorney, Anne Marie Gennusa, who were in an interview room at the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. The police did so without any notice to Studivant and Gennusa, and without a warrant. Det. Marmo also seized (without a warrant) from Gennusa, on Sgt. Canova’s order, a statement written by Studivant. On appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that the surreptitious recording and monitoring of those attorney-client conversations, without notice to Studivant and his attorney, and without a warrant, violated the Fourth Amendment.

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