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FLEOA Chapters 9 & 45 Summer Family Picnic

Chapters 9 (DC region) and 45 (state of MD) are pleased to announce we will hold our annual joint event, the Summer Family Picnic, on Saturday, 23 August 2014, from 2-6 pm.

The picnic will be held at the normal location for this event:

High Ridge Park
10100 Superior Avenue
Laurel, Maryland

For the the kids: This location has a good playground with a rubberized ground surface, as well as a large open field if anyone wants to play tag, frisbee, football or anything else that requires a large area. We will also have a large moon bounce, as well as an artist to do face painting.

For the Adults: Will will have a "shredder truck" at the picnic between 3-5 pm for your convenience. For volume and processing time there will be a three (3) box limit per member.

Our menu will include: Hot dogs, chicken, pit beef, pulled pork and side items. We will have a limited selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

We will also have crabs available, but please note that this is not an all you can eat “Crab Feast”. Please be considerate of all others in attendance, to include the guests who may not have shown up yet.

If you need any additional information, please email the Chapter 9 Officers at or the Chapter 45 Officers at

FLEOA Chapter #9 Presents Retirement Training with Dan Jamison

Chapter 9 is pleased to announce that instead of our normal fall luncheon, we will instead be hosting a retirement seminar for our members.

This training will take place on September 17, 2014. We are still working out the exact registration and end times, but this will be a full day of training (8 hours). Our presenter specializes in the unique aspects of federal law enforcement retirement and we want to give you the maximum amount of time with him, so you can get the most information and make the best decisions about planning your retirement.

Our presenter will be Mr. Dan Jamison. Even if you don't recognize his name, you're probably familiar with his work as he is the founder and author of the FERSguide. Dan updates and disseminates updated versions of the FERSguide, each time there are any changes which affect our benefits. Even if you're not on his direct mailing list, you may have received copies of his guide from your co-workers at some point, as his guide is highly cross disseminated. (We also have the FERSguide posted on the FLEOA national website under the "Member Services" tab and then click on the link "FERS planning".) Dan is a long time FLEOA member who is now retired from the FBI. Not only is he a person who is highly knowledgeable in terms of federal law enforcement retirement, but he's also one of us, making him an ideal trainer. For more information on Dan, please see his attached resume.

Many of our agencies used to provide retirement training, but no longer do so for a variety of reasons. Our intent is to try and help our members fill this void, by hosting this training. We are sending out this advance notice now, so that interested members have time to try to get approved for this to be their place of duty for the day, to request administrative leave, or be approved for whatever mechanism your agency prefers, in order to attend this training without having to use a day of annual leave. There is no guarantee that your agency will approve you for any of these, however if you don't request it, there is 0% chance you'll receive it! We suggest you submit any request to your agency as soon as possible so you have maximum time to try to get this approved. However, even if you do have to use a day of your annual leave, it will be well worth your time.

We are limited to a maximum of 160 people, due to the size of the auditorium. Because of this, you will be required to RSVP, in order to attend. To RSVP:

- Email your RSVP to
- Include your name (as you have it on file with FLEOA)
- Your FLEOA member number
- Your agency

RSVP's must be received by: 1 Sep 14. However, due to our limited seating this will also be first come, first served. If we reach 160 RSVP's prior to 1 Sep, registration will cease. Please RSVP as soon as you can to ensure your seat!

This event is for FLEOA members only. If we have open seats after receiving all the RSVP's, we may open our registration up to non-members also. (If so we will send out an announcement at that time, but we will not accept RSVP's from non-members before that time.) But our hope is that we will have so many FLEOA members who RSVP to attend, that won't be an option!

This training will be held at a US Park Police training location. The address is:

1901 Anacostia Drive
Washington, D.C. 20020

Unlike most places in the DC area, there is plenty of free parking available!

This training will cover the following topics:

- FERS (all aspects imaginable, down to recent legislative changes)
- Survivor Annuity
- Special Retirement Supplement
- TSP contributions
- TSP withdrawals
- Tax consequences
- Roth TSP pitfalls
- OPM Policies and Procedures
- FEHB Requirements
- Effect of Divorce on FERS and TSP
- Social Security
- Medicare
- Deciding to Retire
- Retiring Earlier than Expected
- Disability Retirement

Dan said his presentation will be geared more towards late career folks, but that personnel at any point in their career would definitely benefit from this training.

As we lock in further details about this event, we will send out periodic updates, but this should cover most of the information you will need. Please RSVP as soon as you can and we look forward to seeing you at this new event!


Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), Chapter 9 – Washington DC

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.

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