Master’s Degree Program - Outstanding Benefit for 
Members of WIFLE

WIFLE is partnering with Marist College to offer – only to WIFLE members – a chance to earn an online master’s degree in Public Administration for $12,000 in 18 months. WIFLE is pleased to join with Marist College, a fully accredited academic institution, in this initiative. 

The cost offered to WIFLE members is considerably less than regular graduate degree tuition. Furthermore, the $50 fee to file an application is waived for WIFLE members! This is one of the many special benefits available to members of WIFLE. Do not miss this opportunity to earn a master’s degree. For further information on the program and application process, please contact Mary Hogencamp, Marist College MPA Contract Program Coordinator, at toll free # 866-622-7015 or Mary.Hogencamp@marist.edu, or Jean Theobald, Assistant Dean, School of Management, at Jean.Theobald@marist.edu. See attached for program brochure.


Combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Women Conference

The Society for Women’s Health Research is offering a conference, “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Women Returning from Combat,” on December 8, 2008, at the Westin Grand Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference is free of charge and will focus on the sex and gender differences in PTSD.

This event is co-sponsored by the National Institutes of Mental Health, Magellan Health, Goodyear, and SynCorp International, in cooperation with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. The goal of the conference is to develop educational programs and advocacy activities to ensure that women returning from combat receive more accurate diagnoses and treatment for PTSD. If you are interested in registering for the conference, please contact Vanessa Schick at Vanessa@womenshealthresearch.org.


Additional Educational/Training Opportunities for WIFLE Members

WIFLE wants to bring to your attention two interesting law enforcement-related educational/training opportunities for members. 

• A scholarship is being offered in support of local law enforcement officers by Henley-Putnam University. Henley-Putnam is a fully accredited university and was a vendor at this year’s WIFLE training conference. Interested applicants must apply and be granted the scholarship prior to December 31, 2008. Please go to www.wifle.org and click on “Announcements” for further information on how to apply.

• The Calibre Press Street Survival for Women seminars are designed to help law enforcement officers learn the strategies and skills they need to perform at peak levels. Go to www.wifle.org/training_opps.htm for more information. Mention WIFLE when you register and receive a 15% discount!

by Saundra K. Harman, President of Harman & Associates, Inc.

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Transferring Your TSP into an IRA or Qualified Pension Plan

Transferring Your TSP

In addition to the withdrawal options which were discussed in the last newsletter, a separating employee can transfer all or part of the TSP account to either an IRA or an eligible retirement plan. Whether the funds are withdrawn from the TSP, an IRA or an eligible retirement plan, the funds will be taxed when received by the retiree. Before you decide to transfer some or all your TSP into an IRA, be sure to answer the following questions:

$ What will my money be invested in?
$ Who will be managing my money?
$ How does the manager make their money?
$ Are there any plan-specific restrictions?

Read full article here!


WIFLE Member Services System Upgrade

WIFLE Member Services has completed initial tasks on upgrading the member contact information system. WIFLE hopes that the changes will significantly reduce member contact errors in the future. Enhancements to the system include the ability for members to access/ update/ modify their own contact information and automatic notices of a member’s renewal date. 

An email was recently sent by WIFLE to all members regarding the change. We want to take this opportunity to remind members to review, and amend if necessary, your existing WIFLE information. Email membership@wifle.org if you need assistance. 


Supreme Court to Hear Pregnancy Discrimination Act Case

The WIFLE executive director will listen to arguments before the Supreme Court on December 10, 2008, in the case of AT&T v. Hulteen. The Supreme Court will rule on the interpretation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act as it applies to employee claims of leave taken during pregnancy not credited towards pension benefits.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act is 30 years old. The Act amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII, which covers employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. Title VII also applies to labor organizations, as well as to the federal government. Women who are pregnant or affected by pregnancy-related conditions must be treated in the same manner as other applicants or employees with similar abilities or limitations. 

The EEOC reports that pregnancy discrimination complaints are on the rise…an increase of 65% from FY 1992 to FY 2007.

Does your agency have a pregnancy policy for armed law enforcement officers? If so, please forward a copy to WIFLE at wifle@comcast.net. WIFLE is composing model policy guidelines for agencies to consider. Remember, most agencies rely on the Family Medical Leave Act, but it may fall short of meeting the needs of the pregnant federal agent/officer.


Dunwoody Becomes First Female Four-star General

After a 33-year career in the U.S. Army, Ann E. Dunwoody was recently promoted to four-star general – the first woman to achieve that high rank in the U.S. military. At her promotion ceremony, Dunwoody expressed surprise that she would make history in the male-dominated military service. “There is no one more surprised than I – except, of course, my husband,” she remarked. “You know what they say, ‘Behind every successful woman there is an astonished man.’” 

For more on the Dunwoody promotion, click here.


Risk Assessment Manager Opportunity in Private Sector

The following position was forwarded to WIFLE with a request that it be circulated to members. WAL-MART is looking for a diverse pool of candidates for its Risk Assessment Manager positions. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please check out the attached job description and application form.  (Provided to us as a text file.)

 

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