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Case Law Update

Case Law Update

Read comprehensive summaries of recent court and administrative decisions (from the MSPB, EEOC and FLRA) affecting the terms, conditions, and rights of federal employment, written by the attorneys of Shaw Bransford & Roth.

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This Week on FEDtalk

This Week on FEDtalk

Every other Friday, FEDtalk on Federal News Radio, 1500 AM, explores current issues of importance to federal employees and those interested in the federal sector.

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Educate Yourself

Educate Yourself

Find out about upcoming federal training opportunities for managers and their staff.

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The Takedown

The Takedown

Whether it’s news from the Border, national security crimes or law enforcement's effort to combat drugs, The Takedown recounts the latest federal busts in this weekly column.

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Hear it from WAEPA

Hear it from WAEPA

This column highlights what’s going on inside WAEPA, a group life insurance program that’s been protecting federal employees and their families since 1943.

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Hear it from FLEOA

Hear it from FLEOA

A monthly column providing news and insight directly from the federal law enforcement community's premiere member association – the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA).

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The Spotlight

The Spotlight

This column examines the professional exposures of those who work in federal law enforcement from FEDS, a liability and defense insurance provider.

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Just the Facts

Just the Facts

Every month, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund gives readers a look at significant historical law enforcement moments and milestones, as well as recent officer statistics.

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Hear it from WIFLE

Hear it from WIFLE

A quarterly column providing news and information related to the unique issues facing women in federal law enforcement.

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Behind the Blue Line

Behind the Blue Line

Get first-hand accounts of law enforcement history in this column from NLEOMF’s museum collection.

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Bill Introduced to Require Warrant for Facial Recognition

Bill Introduced to Require Warrant for Facial Recognition

Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Mike Lee (R-UT) have introduced legislation requiring federal law enforcement to obtain a court order before using facial recognition technology for public surveillance. Lawmakers have described the legislation as an attempt to balance privacy concerns with law enforcement efforts.

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GAO Report Targets TSA’s Ability to Keep Up with Tech Changes

GAO Report Targets TSA’s Ability to Keep Up with Tech Changes

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released this month indicated that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) needs to grant additional focus on updating detection technology already sent to airports for use. The report, called for through the TSA Modernization Act, addressed how TSA operationalizes detection standards, the extent to which TSA considers risk when making technology deployment decisions, and the extent to which TSA ensures technologies continue to meet detection requirements after deployed to airports.

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Former Mexican Official Arrested in U.S.

Former Mexican Official Arrested in U.S.

U.S. law enforcement has arrested former head of the Mexican Federal Investigation Agency for taking millions in bribes from Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, a well-known leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel. Genaro García Lunas, the official arrested, previously worked to root out drug corruption from Mexican law enforcement.

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D.C. Circuit: No Requirement to Bargain on CBP Performance Appraisal Changes

D.C. Circuit: No Requirement to Bargain on CBP Performance Appraisal Changes

The National Treasury Employees Union appealed the Federal Labor Relations Authority’s denial of its negotiability petition related to changes in the number of different possible rating levels for its members at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. On December 3, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied the union’s appeal, finding instead that the FLRA’s decision was “based on a permissible and reasonable interpretation of the Statute,” and that it was “consistent with well-established precedent.”

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Do You Know a Federal Employee Facing a Tragedy?

Do You Know a Federal Employee Facing a Tragedy?

FEEA: The Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund, has been assisting federal families in need for more than 30 years. Through college scholarships, disaster relief, emergency hardship loans, and #FedLifeHacks, FEEA has touched the lives of tens of thousands of federal families, including more than 3,000 lower-income feds who needed help during the longest government shutdown in US history in early 2019.

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Aerial Assets: Drones in Law Enforcement

Aerial Assets: Drones in Law Enforcement

More and more departments are employing drone technology. Learn about how one police department uses drone technology to their advantage.

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Overlooking the Ocean in Rhode Island

Overlooking the Ocean in Rhode Island

This column is brought to you by FEDS Protection, provider of federal employee professional liability insurance. 


Huey and I continued our tour of New England in the state of Rhode Island. Because I have family all over the area, I had previously visited five of the six New England states. I felt a spark of excitement as we entered Rhode Island, the lone wholly unfamiliar state. Huey, who, as his many escapes suggest, has a distaste for borders of any kind, remained asleep in the passenger seat.

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Do You Know a Federal Employee Facing a Tragedy?

Do You Know a Federal Employee Facing a Tragedy?

FEEA: The Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund, has been assisting federal families in need for more than 30 years. Through college scholarships, disaster relief, emergency hardship loans, and #FedLifeHacks, FEEA has touched the lives of tens of thousands of federal families, including more than 3,000 lower-income feds who needed help during the longest government shutdown in US history in early 2019.

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How Are 2020 GS Pay Scales with Locality Calculated?

How Are 2020 GS Pay Scales with Locality Calculated?

For Civilian Federal Employees, the end of the calendar year marks a possibility for changes to General Schedule (GS) Pay Scales. Understanding how the system works can help you make better financial decisions for you and your family. This knowledge also allows you to make an informed career decision when comparing positions or considering a transfer. To help you make sense of it all, WAEPA has compiled a guide to GS Pay Scales:

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Partnerships to Improve Public Service

Partnerships to Improve Public Service

Tune in to FEDtalk this week for a discussion on improving public service- from the institutional level to the individual level. Guests from across the federal community will discuss how they work together to build a better public service system.

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The National Law Enforcement Memorial & Museum Hosts Restorative Justice Event

The National Law Enforcement Memorial & Museum Hosts Restorative Justice Event

Addressing criminal conduct, challenging obstacles to lasting reform, and healing the resulting harm to individuals and communities are concerns in every society. Effectively resolving how to change criminal behavior and reintegrate offenders into their communities prove to be even more difficult. Our present system of punishment, isolation, and the lifelong stigmatization of shame produces the opposite of what we say we want- individuals who respect the law and fellow citizens to the extent they are less likely to reoffend.

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Open Season Brings New Opportunities to Take Stock of Your Health and Healthcare.

Open Season Brings New Opportunities to Take Stock of Your Health and Healthcare.

Every Open Season brings new opportunities for the millions of dedicated men and women who work for our country to take stock of their health and well-being. Our role at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Federal Employee Program (FEP®) is to help all of our current and future members make informed decisions about their healthcare needs.

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This Week on FEDtalk

Partnerships to Improve Public Service

Tune in to FEDtalk this week for a discussion on improving public service- from the institutional level to the individual level. Guests from across the federal community will discuss how they work together to build a better public service system.

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Hear it from FLEOA

FLEOA Elects New National Officers at Bi-Annual Conference

Last week, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association elected the following National Officers at the 25th National Conference held in College Park, Maryland:

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