Chapter 9 is the largest FLEOA chapter in the US, with over 2300 members. FLEOA is the largest nonpartisan, professional association, representing exclusively federal law enforcement officers. FLEOA represents over 26,000 federal agents from over 65 different federal law enforcement agencies. FLEOA is a member of the National Law Enforcement Steering Committee and the Executive Board of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
FLEOA, founded in 1977, is a volunteer organization. Born out of necessity by a group of concerned agents from Customs, IRS-CI, TIGTA, FBI and INS, FLEOA’s primary tenant was, and still is, legal assistance and representation are only a phone call away.
FLEOA also provides a legislative voice for the federal law enforcement community. FLEOA works hard for the passage of legislation that benefits federal law enforcement officers. FLEOA’s legislative activity has been instrumental in increasing the death benefits for federal law enforcement officers; increasing premium pay for 1811s to 25% of a criminal investigators actual grade; passage of Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) in 1994; extending LEAP for Special Agents of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in 1998; passage of the Degan Bill, which provides scholarships for spouses and children of those killed in the line of duty; passage of the Federal LEO Good Samaritan Act; and passage of the Congressional Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement.
Currently FLEOA’s legislative activity is focused on: law enforcement disability legislation; retirees’ carry authority; amending the Good Samaritan Act to include criminal liability coverage for law enforcement; the creation of a voluntary sick leave bank; authorization for LEOSA qualified active and retired officers to fly armed; allow retiring federal officers to apply their “max-out” LEAP towards their retirement annuity; and oppose legislation that seeks to misinterpret the ECPA and raise the standard for law enforcement to obtain pen registers.
FLEOA’s National Officers are all active duty federal agents. FLEOA business is conducted during off duty hours or in a leave status. The officers volunteer their valuable free time to further the goals of FLEOA and the federal law enforcement community.