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Late Wednesday night, lawmakers introduced a bill that would prevent a second partial government shutdown while funding some of the White House’s chief security concerns. The White House has indicated President Trump would be open to signing the legislation and subsequently declaring a national emergency to fund the border wall.
The Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act was passed in 2004 to allow retired and current officers to carry firearms across state lines. Since its passage, some states have circumvented the legislation’s authority to remove or limit the carry rights of officers. The LEOSA Reform Act reintroduced this week strengthens and expands officers’ rights on and off duty.
On Friday, several leaders from federal law enforcement groups who represent federal law enforcement along the border joined FEDtalk to discuss their experiences on the border and the resources they need to carry out their mission. While the border security debate has become a hot political topic in recent months, this discussion provided an insider’s look on the issue from the people engaged in border security.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Wednesday that a former U.S. service member and counterintelligence agent has been indicted by a grand jury for conspiracy to deliver and delivering national defense information to the Iranian government. Monica Elfriede Witt, the individual charged, remains at large.
WAEPA (Worldwide Assurance for Employees of Public Agencies), a nonprofit Voluntary Employee Benefits Association which offers Group Term Life Insurance* exclusively to Civilian Federal Employees, made headlines in January when they announced they were waiving January’s premiums for all their members, including those for Members not impacted by the partial Government Shutdown, which went on for 35 days from December 21, 2018 to January 25, 2019, and affected approximately 22% of Federal workers.
Last week, the Fifth Circuit utilized the common-law trespass test to find that a state trooper’s tapping of a car tire was a search.
Law enforcement officers are often required to make judgment calls regarding the validity of information received by a source. In this video, a former CIA officer discusses the best ways to spot a lie.