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20/20 Hindsight

The California wildfires are wreaking havoc among Californians’ houses, businesses, and schools.  California’s largest wildfire in state history is all consuming with tough decisions being made each minute to contain the fire and deter further destruction. With disasters such as this, investigations may follow and allegations may be made. Each decision may be scrutinized, with 20/20 hindsight, to determine if something else could or should have been done to hinder the damage and if the right decisions were made at the time. Agencies may come under fire as well as those individuals involved in making those pressured minute to minute decisions.

A Costly Decision for Federal LEOs

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Rush to judgment; furious public outcry; snap conclusions; war on cops; mob justice -  buzz words to news correspondents, unbelievably frightening scenarios for law enforcement officers.

Areas of Concern for LEOs

FEDS just celebrated its 10-year anniversary defending federal employees, and we take this opportunity to share our insights.

Diversity or Discrimination?

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The U.S. Border Patrol recently pledged to add up to 1,600 women to their workforce. The uncharacteristic female recruitment spree has been sparked by largely male dominated ranks and the idea that female officers can provide a level of comfort to the thousands of women and children migrating to the United States each year.

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

We get at least one call a week from a federal agent who needs legal advice or representation but doesn’t have FEDS Protection in place. FEDS Protection is a defense-based insurance policy – it must be in place prior to an incident that could result in an allegation or claim.  Your agency reimburses all federal law enforcement officers up to half the cost of this insurance – so please – no more of the following excuses.  FEDS Protection works just like other insurance policies - if you don’t have coverage in place prior to an incident leading to an allegation, claim or suit, coverage will be denied. 

FEDS Protection for Federal LEOs

FEDS Protection provides coverage in three areas – administrative, civil and criminal.  Below is a general overview of coverage. If you are looking for more specific information about your exposures, please contact us.  It is important to understand that this is an insurance policy and you must have FEDS Protection in place prior to knowledge of an incident that could result in a claim – or coverage will be denied

Handling Furlough Fallout

In the wake of the recent government shutdown and subsequent strains on the federal community, we have had many FEDS members contact us with concerns about how current or upcoming furloughs may impact them. Although many of you as federal officers won’t be furloughed yourselves, it is likely that other non-essential personnel within your agency already have been. FEDS recognizes the potential negative implications surrounding a government shutdown for all agency employees and stand by you. Below, we have outlined possible areas in which the furlough could lead to adverse employment consequences and tips on how to avoid these situations until the shutdown is resolved.

Immigration Reform Affects All Agents

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One of the most substantial issues under President Trump’s campaign was immigration reform- specifically relating to the deportation and impediment of illegal immigrants. 

Implementing New Administration Law Enforcement Policies

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The journalism community is aggrieved after the U.S. Justice Department’s inspector general cleared an FBI agent of wrongdoing for impersonating a journalist in 2007 to solve a case.

iPad Raffle

If you have your liability insurance through FEDS Protection, you have automatically been entered into a raffle to win one of two 9.7 inch 128 GB Apple iPads.

Is Your Career in Good Hands?

FEDS Cases are won and lost based on the quality of legal representation. 

National Law Enforcement Museum Grand Opening

We at Federal Employee Defense Services are excited that the Grand Opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum is less than one month away! The long-awaited opening of the museum is Saturday, October 13, 2018. The museum features the history of American law enforcement, with unique experiences that allow visitors to experience the life of an officer. Visitors can also take part in solving a crime in the interactive Take the Case exhibit.

New Year, New Liabilities

As the new year begins, we reflect on the past year thinking about family, friends, work, the future. We refocus on what we want and how we get there. What we don’t always think about is how quickly life can change – and what we need to do now to be prepared.

Protecting Your Rainy Day Fund

More than half of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings accounts. Life is expensive.

Responding Appropriately to a Line of Duty Trauma

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By now, most kids are back in school writing colorful essays about their experiences over the summer which, no doubt, include new adventures, camp opportunities, and lots of sun.  

This Week on FEDtalk

Reporter Roundtable: Looking Forward And Reflecting Back

Even with a shutdown in place, there is much to discuss about the workings of the federal government as the new year begins. Tune in this Friday, January 11 for the first FEDTalk of 2019. A roundtable of guests will be providing the most up to date federal news while taking a look back on the successes, and failures, of 2018.

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Hear it from FLEOA

FLEOA Takes Steps to Protect Members During Shutdown

On Wednesday, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association sent a memo to its members detailing its response to the government shutdown.  The full text of the statement from FLEOA President Nate Catura is below:

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