Federal Employee Defense Services
Federal Employee Defense Services (FEDS) provides federal employee professional liability insurance to the entire federal employee community. The potential liabilities and vulnerabilities that exist for all federal law enforcement officers are very similar. For instance, PLI becomes necessary when an agent is sued personally for a job-related action (i.e., Bivens action); becomes involved in a misconduct or administrative matter/investigation for a job-related action or a judicial proceeding; or is the subject of a criminal investigation for a job-related action. For more information about your professional and personal liability exposures, choose the link below that best represents your position or agency:
- 1811's & Special Agents
- Law Enforcement Officers with BEP, DHS (ICE, CBP), DIA, FBI, NIH, USFS, USPS, USCP, Uniformed Division of Secret Service, Border Patrol, Forest Service, FWS, Federal Protective Service, VA and other federal agencies
- Probation & Pretrial Officers
- Bureau of Prisons Officials
- TSA Employees
- Federal Flight Deck Officers
You can also view FEDS 7-minute PLI webinar. This brief webinar features FEDS President, Anthony Vergnetti, explains what FEDS' professional liability insurance policy provides and how it protects federal agents and officers against professional and financial exposures.
FEDS is recommended and endorsed by the leading law enforcement associations. To compare FEDS to other PLI carriers, read Is There a Difference?
"I have been representing federal employees and officials for over 18 years. The past 10 years of my practice has been spent with a focus on defending federal law enforcement officers and employees in various investigations, disciplinary proceedings, and at DOJ's request in Bivens suits. The work of federal law enforcement took a sharp and marked turn post-9/11 into the realm of our national security. No doubt federal law enforcement activities pre-9/11 were complicated, dangerous and subject to all forms of scrutiny. The post-9/11 landscape has taken the work and scrutiny of federal law enforcement to a whole new place, making it unlikely anymore to complete a career in law enforcement without having to answer to an allegation of wrongdoing. While the type of allegation may vary from your use of the GOV, loss of a weapon, treatment of a witness or source, information on a travel voucher, to something as serious as your handling of a law enforcement operation, what remains constant is the new post-9/11 level of scrutiny you will be subject to by your agency when the allegation surfaces. I have seen first-hand in my representation of hundreds of law enforcement officials how having experienced, tenacious and objective legal counsel has saved a career even in cases of what you think is a "minor" matter. Having objective and experienced legal counsel to deal with federal matters is simply cost prohibitive. It's remarkable to be able to purchase through an insurance policy that kind of protection as well as the protection for payments of personal judgments if you are sued. If you are engaged in any law enforcement or homeland security function, you have to ask yourself if you are willing to gamble your life savings when you can so readily purchase an affordable safety net."
--Debra L. Roth, Partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C.