Message from the President

Rebekah Salazar

Message from the WIFLE President
By Rebekah A. Salazar, Office of Border Patrol. , U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Dear Colleagues:

I am privileged to be the new president of WIFLE.  The importance of WIFLE’s mission to promote gender equality in law enforcement through training, research, and scholarship is as important as ever.  WIFLE gives women an opportunity to network and to develop friendships that offer a support system to rely upon for advice.  There are many strong women law enforcement pioneers who forged the path before us and have contributed to the career we have chosen.

At our June WIFLE conference, I had the opportunity to sit and talk with fellow agents.  I realized how important this sisterhood is.  There was a time in my career when I felt so alone and struggled to deal with challenges on my own.  If I had just reached out to other female agents, I could have eliminated a great deal of unnecessary strife!  We are not alone.  There are other women experiencing many of the same challenges and sharing this experience will make us stronger.  WIFLE provides a way to meet with others in law enforcement and to share important issues that need to be addressed.

The upcoming year is going to be exciting!  WIFLE is the strong organization it is because of your contributions.  I encourage everyone to become members.  As we prepare for the 2008 training conference in Tampa, Florida, please share your ideas so that you get the most from the conference.  I look forward to serving you as president this year.

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Karen P.
Tandy Retires

2006 WIFLE Awards Ceremony and Banquet keynote address by the Honorable Karen P. Tandy, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration

DEA Administrator Karen P. Tandy Retires

Karen P. Tandy has retired from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) after a distinguished federal career. Motorola, Inc. has announced that Ms. Tandy has been named Motorola’s Senior Vice President for Global Government Relations & Public Policy. She will be directly responsible for the development and execution of Motorola’s global policy initiatives, including advocacy programs with national, state, and local governments on policy issues supporting Motorola’s business.

Ms. Tandy most recently served as Administrator of the DEA, a $2.4 billion agency with approximately 11,000 employees. During her tenure as DEA Administrator, she met with many foreign heads of State, expanded DEA’s foreign presence in 86 countries, and entered into the first intelligence sharing agreements with China and Russia. 

Prior to her service with DEA, Ms. Tandy was Associate Deputy Attorney General, responsible for developing national drug enforcement policy and strategies. She also directed the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces and served in a variety of positions in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division responsible for drug and forfeiture litigation. From 1979 to 1990, Ms. Tandy was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and in the Western District of Washington. Before her career with the Justice Department, she clerked for the Chief Judge of the Northern District of Texas.

WIFLE Executive Director Margaret Moore said, “Karen Tandy has been a true friend to WIFLE over the years. She has expressed an interest in supporting future WIFLE efforts, and we look forward to continuing our important relationship with her. All of her friends at WIFLE wish her well in her new position.”
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"Thank You WIFLE" Scholarship Winner Thanks WIFLE for Support

Jenna McVeigh, a recent awardee of a WIFLE scholarship, wrote to thank WIFLE for its assistance toward a career in the field of law enforcement. Other scholarship recipients, including Mary Beth Grimes and Jen Fang-Lee, have also written to express their appreciation for being chosen to receive WIFLE scholarships. The text of Ms. McVeigh’s letter appears below and shows what your support of the WIFLE Scholarship Fund can do to help young women fulfill their dreams. 

“To the WIFLE Scholarship Committee 10/10/07

My name is Jenna McVeigh and I am honored to have been selected as one of your scholarship winners. This scholarship has enabled me to attend my first semester at Sacramento State University where I am majoring in criminal justice. I have really enjoyed my time here so far and value the education I am receiving, the education that you made possible. Unfortunately there aren’t words to describe how truly grateful I am. Thank you so much for making this award possible, and for choosing me to receive it.

Jenna McVeigh”
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Mark Your Calendar




WIFLE 2008 Leadership Conference

Mark your calendars for the Ninth Annual WIFLE Leadership Training Conference. The upcoming training conference starts at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 24, and runs through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2008. The host of the 2008 conference will be the Hyatt Regency Tampa in Tampa, Florida. Agencies interested in presenting workshops at the training conference need to submit proposals to WIFLE by Thursday, January 31, 2008. A form for agency proposals is available for downloading on the WIFLE website.

In connection with the conference event, WIFLE will host a golf tournament on June 23, to raise funds for the WIFLE Scholarship Fund. Stay tuned to the WIFLE website at www.WIFLE.org for future updates on the golf tournament. 

On the subject of the Scholarship Fund, the application process for the 2008 WIFLE scholarships opens February 1, 2008. Please circulate information about the WIFLE scholarships to eligible young women interested in careers in law enforcement. Further information will be posted on the WIFLE website as February 1 approaches. 

On January 19 and 20, 2008, the WIFLE Executive Board will be meeting in Tampa with law enforcement and volunteers about the upcoming 2008 Leadership Training Conference. If you wish to help with conference planning, please email wifle@comcast.net.  On-site volunteers in Tampa are needed to help the conference come off smoothly. And, it will be lots of fun!
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Study Health Plan Options Studying Health-Plan Options Now Can Pay Off Next Year
By Stephen Barr
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 The Washington Post

A big deadline, Dec. 10, is drawing closer for federal employees and retirees. That's when the open season ends for selecting a new health-insurance plan and enrolling in a flexible spending account. Relatively few federal employees and retirees switch health plans each year, but Walton Francis, a policy analyst, argues that a little homework can be turned into big savings. He is the chief author of "Checkbook's Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees," sponsored by the nonprofit group that publishes Washington Consumers' Checkbook magazine. 

The 2008 guide shows that most health maintenance organizations, the Blue Cross Blue Shield basic option, a number of consumer-driven plans and the Government Employees Health Association's standard option can save a family more than $2,000 a year compared with the highest-priced nationally available plans.

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Accessing TSP without Penalties
Saundra K. Harman.
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Your Federal Benefits Explained
by Saundra K. Harman, President of Harman & Associates, Inc.

Download the December article by Saundra K. Harman, 
Accessing TSP Without Penalties, in PDF format. 

There are two possible withdrawal methods: 1) substantial equal installments based on actuarially projected lifetime payments and 2) a true annuity. Both of these withdrawal options are available at any age with no early withdrawal penalties. However, there are differences.

"The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is similar to a 401(k) plan in that everything in the TSP is tax-deferred. Because it is tax-deferred, there are rules and restrictions if you retire before a specified age and withdraw money from your account prior to age 59 ˝ . The TSP is unique in that any Federal employee who retires in the calendar year in which they are 55 or later can access any and all money in their TSP account without penalty. However, if you retire prior to the year in which you are age 55 there is a 10% early withdrawal penalty on all withdrawals prior to age 59 ˝ unless you withdraw funds based on actuarially projected life expectancy."

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Notes, Details, and More

WIFLE Online Store
WIFLE merchandise is available for purchase any time through the WIFLE online store at www.wiflestore.com. Also, every year, during the Annual Leadership Training Conference, WIFLE indicia items are made available at a “storefront” location. Remember that proceeds from the sale of all merchandise go to support the WIFLE Scholarship Fund.

Member Stories for the WIFLE Website
WIFLE is asking members to send in their career stories and experiences “in their own words” for posting on the WIFLE website. Member stories from women in various positions in federal law enforcement appear in a separate section on the website, entitled WIFLE Voices Corner. Be sure to check out the section to learn about some of the experiences of your fellow members. Why not send in you own stories to WIFLE!

Update Changes in Address
Don’t forget to update WIFLE with your changes of address, email, etc. We want to be sure that you receive all WIFLE bulletins and information. Just send an email with your changes to WIFLE@comcast.net

Looking for a New Position?
For those who are looking to change positions or agencies with the federal government, just check out job vacancies on the WIFLE website at www.wifle.org or go to www.usajobs.gov on a regular basis.

Information on Federal Pay

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