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Title Published Date Author
Tell Us: Why Do You Heart Public Service? 17 April 2014 GEICO
OPM Retirement Backlog Shrank in March 10 April 2014 GEICO
One Month Until Public Service Recognition Week Begins 03 April 2014 GEICO
GSA Launches Digital Government Startup, 18F 27 March 2014 GEICO
County Crime Lab in Pennsylvania Recognized for 2,500 NIBIN Hits by ATF 20 March 2014 GEICO
Senate Confirms Three for Key DHS Leadership Posts 13 March 2014 GEICO
Justice Department Offers New Tool For Courts to Provide Assistance to Limited English Proficient Individuals 06 March 2014 GEICO
GSA Contest Offers $90K for Creation of Travel Data App 27 February 2014 GEICO
NTEU Launches National Pro-Fed Campaign 20 February 2014 GEICO
Pentagon Tackles Ethics Reform for Service Branches 14 February 2014 GEICO
House App Contest for High School Students Promotes Stem Education 06 February 2014 GEICO
GSA's Challenge.Gov Wins Harvard Innovation Award 30 January 2014 GEICO
FBI Sending Agents to Russia to Help Protect Olympics 23 January 2014 GEICO
Border Patrol Demos Tunnel Robots in Arizona 16 January 2014 GEICO
2013 Trends in Law Enforcement 09 January 2014 GEICO
Homeland Security, Defense Departments Explore Open Source Drone Technology; FAA Announces Six Drone Test Sites 02 January 2014 FEDagent
Federal Court House in Kansas Wins Better Buildings Federal Award 19 December 2013 GEICO
High Tech GPS Tracker Would End Need for High-Speed Chases 13 December 2013 GEICO
Justice Department Holds 61st Annual Attorney General Awards 05 December 2013 GEICO
Open Season is Also CFC Season 27 November 2013 GEICO

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Three Charged with Allegedly Defrauding FCC of $32 Million

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.


GEICO's Good Stuff

Tell Us: Why Do You Heart Public Service?

GEICO’s Good Stuff is a column series highlighting great stuff happening in the federal community.

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.


Case Law Update

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.