hear it from FLEOA

FLEOA Files Law Suit Against OPM

 FLEOA files suit against OPM for reinterpretation of FERS statute .  Read the full statement below:

Washington, D.C. – Nathan Catura, President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), issued the following statement in regards to a law suit filed in the federal District Court for the District of Columbia against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The case is captioned FLEOA v. OPM, Case No. 19-735. It has been assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.

"In mid-2016, OPM made the sudden and unilateral decision to reinterpret a 30-year old provision of the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS). This reinterpretation allowed the Office to retroactively charge retirees for payments they were not required to make when the law was interpreted differently,” Catura explained, "FLEOA’s primary goal in filing suit is to force a stop to OPM's collection efforts, and to allow our retired members to keep all of the benefits they are entitled to receive.”

"This legal recourse against the agency was not FLEOA’s first course of action in working to resolve this issue. For more than two years we have attempted to work with the agency. Yet when their own Office of Inspector General (OIG) said the Office was acting improperly, OPM refused to alter their interpretation. Even when an Administrative Judge at the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) ruled against OPM’s efforts to claw back nearly $30,000 from a retiree, OPM still refused to amend their interpretation. This type of callous disregard for the financial well-being of retirees should make everyone concerned with just who and what they'll target next,” Catura noted.

Catura explained, "OPM has worked in the shadows of the executive, making it impossible to say with any degree of certainty just how many federal retirees have been harmed by OPM’s abrupt and unwarranted decision. Both the OPM-OIG and the MSPB critiqued this lack of transparency in their respective reviews of the agency’s action. Anecdotally, however, we've heard everything from 600 to 4,000 retired law enforcement officers and other federal employees have been attacked.”

"This is not the first time that OPM has targeted retired federal law enforcement officers to claw back a portion of their retirement benefits. Just last year, FLEOA successfully beat back their attempt to strip a portion of retirement pay from criminal investigators at TSA through an act of Congress,” Catura furthered, "Now, as each month goes by, OPM continues to take from dedicated federal law enforcement officers and public servants who have committed their life to serving this country. Ultimately, if OPM is unwilling or unable to protect the financial security of our retired members then we must act. We hope that the Court will finally put an end to OPM's assault on law enforcement and end this policy's disastrous consequences.”

The full complaint can be found here.

Posted in Hear it from FLEOA



This Week on FEDtalk

The Importance of Whistleblower Protection

Tune in to FEDtalk this week for a discussion on the importance of whistleblower protection. Whistleblowers play a key role in ensuring oversight and accountability within the federal government. Leading whistleblower advocates will break down current whistleblower protections, gaps in public policy, and a path for enhancing protections.

Read more ...

Hear it from FLEOA

FLEOA Encourages Passage of EAGLES Act Following Wave of Mass Public Violence

Nathan Catura, President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), the nation’s largest non-partisan, not-for-profit professional association representing more than 27,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents across 65 federal agencies, today issued the following statement in support of the EAGLES Act.

Read more ...


The free weekly e-report for Federal Law Enforcement

Get in touch with us

Email FEDagent publisher

Copyright 2019 FEDagent.com
Hosted by Peak Media Company, LLC