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This column examines the professional exposures of those who work in federal law enforcement. The news items, explanations, accounts, scenarios and comparisons are provided by Federal Employee Defense Services (FEDS). For more information about FEDS, visit our partner page.

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Title Published Date Author
Why You Should Choose Feds 27 March 2014 Federal Employee Defense Services
Why Federal Law Enforcement Officers Need PLI 14 February 2014 Federal Employee Defense Services
2013: The Year in Federal Law Enforcement 16 January 2014 Federal Employee Defense Services
Intelligence Gathering Methods Attract Questioning 19 December 2013 FEDagent
Report on Unearned Overtime at DHS May Have Wide-Ranging Effects 15 November 2013 Federal Employee Defense Services
Book Aids LEOs in Protecting Relationships & Careers 03 October 2013 Federal Employee Defense Services
Bravery and Heroism Awards from the FLEOA 2013 National Awards Banquet and Ceremony 12 September 2013 Federal Employee Defense Services
Why Supplemental Disability Insurance May Be Right for You 15 August 2013 Federal Employee Defense Services
New York Times Article Questions FBI Internal Oversight 18 July 2013 Federal Employee Defense Services
ATF Reboot Plans Hit Wall 23 May 2013 Federal Employee Defense Services
LEOSA Coverage: What You Need To Know 15 March 2013 Federal Employee Defense Services
Why PLI and Why FEDS 15 February 2013 Federal Employee Defense Services
Fatality Statistics Stand as Stark Reminder of Dangers of Law Enforcement Jobs 17 January 2013 Federal Employee Defense Services
How does the Passing of the Officer Safety Act of 2012 Affect Federal Law Enforcement Officers? 20 December 2012 Federal Employee Defense Services
Violence in the Federal Workplace 18 October 2012 Federal Employee Defense Services
The Effects of an Administrative Investigation 20 September 2012 Federal Employee Defense Services
How much could a Mistake Cost you at your Agency? 16 August 2012 Federal Employee Defense Services
Investigating Cyber Criminals 19 July 2012 Federal Employee Defense Services
Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) 21 June 2012 Federal Employee Defense Services
An Officer’s Obligation 16 May 2012 Federal Employee Defense Services
LEOSA Criminal and Civil Liability Protection 19 April 2012 Federal Employee Defense Services
Is there a Difference? 08 March 2012 Federal Employee Defense Services
Challenging the Appropriate Law Enforcement Response 16 February 2012 Federal Employee Defense Services
Professional Liability Insurance - Why Do I Need It? 02 February 2012 Federal Employee Defense Services
Finding Peace 19 January 2012 Federal Employee Defense Services
Agents Exposed 15 December 2011 Federal Employee Defense Services
FLEOA 2012 Annual Conference 17 November 2011 Federal Employee Defense Services
Law Enforcement Officers and DUI Arrests 20 October 2011 Federal Employee Defense Services
In the Wake of 9/11 25 August 2011 Federal Employee Defense Services
Power [can be] the Ultimate Aphrodisiac 21 July 2011 Federal Employee Defense Services

Contest Corner

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Takedowns

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.

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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.

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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.

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