June 2009

Tenth Annual Leadership Training, Tucson, Arizona

This year is WIFLE’s 10th Anniversary.  We are celebrating  ten years of the value that women bring to law enforcement.  The conference is the focal point for this anniversary.

Conference session dates are June 16-18, 2009, at the beautiful Westin La Paloma resort hotel in Tucson, AZ.  The programs offered will be informative, the networking invaluable, and the experience a lot of fun, too.  Don’t miss it!   Lilly Ledbetter who inspired the President's first legislation is on hand to talk to us about her experience.

Diana Humetewa, U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona will present opening remarks.  Ms. Humetewa was the first victim-witness advocate in the federal criminal justice system and helped develop a victim advocacy model that is replicated nationally. 

The Awards Program is in high-gear.  The first-ever Wal-Mart/WIFLE Leadership Award will be presented along with numerous other annual awards.

Go to the WIFLE website at www.wifle.org for registration information and details about the 2009 conference.


WIFLE Conference Speakers

Attendees at the 2009 WIFLE Leadership Training Conference will be treated to an outstanding group of knowledgeable speakers who will address many pertinent career and personal topics. Here are just a few of the speakers who will highlight this year’s conference:

Diane J. Humetewa, the United States Attorney for the District of Arizona, will be the Opening Keynote Speaker and will also participate in the “Initiatives to Combat Border Violence” panel discussion later in the conference.

We will hear from women who serve as role models, such as Lilly Ledbetter (“How One Woman Made Change”), Dr. E. Faye Williams (“Speaking Truth to Power”), and Shirley Gibson (“Trauma of Law Enforcement”), as well as women sharing important on-the-job skills, such as Mary Cooper, DEA (“Crisis Communication”), Lisa Lambeth, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (“Firearms and the Female Law Enforcement Professional”), and Dorian Van Horn , NCIS (“Threat Management and Agent Safety”).

There will be sessions involving information of interest to all of us – Steven Calvery of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency on “The Challenges of Protecting the Pentagon,” Marcy Forman of ICE on “Counterfeiting Imports,” and a panel of federal executives focusing on “Women Leaders – Discussion on Security Issues”.

And finally, we will also offer seminars of particular interest to federal employees – Joan Melanson (“Federal Long Term Care”) and Saundra Harmon (“Your Thrift Savings and FERS Accounts”).

Given the wide variety of expert speakers and informative sessions, you can see we cover a whole range of critical topics!


WIFLE 2009 Awards Winners Announced

WIFLE 2009 Award Winners
WIFLE’s 2009 Award Winners have been announced.  This year’s award nominations impressed the independent panel of judges on the WIFLE Awards Committee.  It was an extremely difficult decision for judges to choose among the many highly qualified applicants.  Find out who was selected to receive an award in 2009.

2009 WIFLE Scholarships Announced

This year, WIFLE, Inc. is proud to announce that a total of $15,000 is being awarded to six worthy students.  These scholarships are offered by the WIFLE Foundation through the WIFLE Scholarship Fund to talented individuals to meet challenging demand in law enforcement and to foster the professional development of those already in law enforcement careers.  Please join WIFLE is congratulating the 2009 winners listed below:

Janet Dougherty, New Jersey
Erika Hendrickson, Arizona
Lindsey McQuisten, Oregon
Jennifer Pickett, Wisconsin
Jessica Smith, Arizona
Helen Yu, Virginia

In 2009, a new category of scholarship was created especially for WIFLE members or individuals nominated by a current WIFLE member.  The new scholarship is based on the applicant’s demonstration of financial need and articulation of career objectives.  The winner receives $1500, with an automatic additional amount of $1500 for 2010.  WIFLE is extremely pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s WIFLE Members Only scholarship is:

Lauren Yamada, Maryland

Julie Y. Cross Memorial Golf Tournament

While you are at the 2009 WIFLE Leadership Training Conference, come join us at thegolf_logo.jpg (77167 bytes) 2009 annual Julie Y. Cross Golf Tournament.  It is a great way to start off the week of conference activities, and you will be helping a worthy cause.  All the proceeds from the golf tournament go toward the WIFLE scholarship fund.
A cost of $95.00 per person gets you a day of terrific golf, including lunch green fees, cart fee, and practice balls. Check out why the stunning and challenging Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at the La Paloma Country Club is such a favorite of golf lovers.  Register now.

Also, WIFLE is looking for sponsors for the charitable Julie Y. Cross Golf Tournament. Sponsorship opportunities are available on the WIFLE website.



After Hours Laugh-in at the WIFLE Leadership Conference

On Tuesday, June 16, at 8:00 p.m., WIFLE is pleased to present an “after hourselaine.lundberg.jpg (89081 bytes) laugh-in" with professional humor therapist and author, Elaine Lundberg.   Author of “No More Bummers” and “If They’re Laughing, They’re Not Killing Each Other,” Elaine Lundberg will give us tips on improving team building, productivity, and wellness in the workplace with laughter.  A frequent conference speaker, she takes a humorous, yet practical, approach to managing workplace stress by incorporating humor into your personal and professional life. Come join us on June 16 to find out how to take your work seriously, but yourself lightly, by using an often overlooked tool – laughter.


Have a Plan to Protect Your Security Clearance

photo-elizabethknewman.jpg (355635 bytes)Senior Associate of Mahoney & Jeffrey, PLLC, Elizabeth K. Newman, will discuss how to develop a plan to protect your security clearance.  An ever increasing number of federal law enforcement positions require possession of a national security clearance.  If you fail to get a clearance or your clearance is revoked, you will likely be fired. Unfortunately, in today’s tough economic climate, you may find your possession of a security clearance at risk.  Unpaid bills, defaulted loans, and late mortgage payments can all reflect negatively on your access to a security clearance.  Elizabeth gave a presentation at last year's conference; her session was so popular, we invited her back so that others can also get this critical message.  Read more>


2009 WIFLE Silent Auction

The 2009 Silent Auction is shaping up to be spectacular.  Conference attendees will have the opportunity to bid on some marvelous travel packages, such as a Washington, DC 2-night stay at the Omni Shoreham Hotel; a New York City stay at the world-famous Omni Berkshire Place in Midtown, a Las Vegas suite at the Silverton Casino and Lodge, with six concert tickets included; and a 2-night golf package at the wonderful Westin La Paloma. 

If the travel packages aren’t fabulous enough to tickle your fancy, how about a behind-the-scenes tour of NBC’s Today Show with Al Roker as your personal tour guide – and an opportunity to do an on-camera weather segment!  Or VIP passes for a live studio audience taping of the Good Morning America show at its Time Square studio in New York City.  What great photo ops!

Don’t miss the Silent Auction while you are enjoying the conference.  Also, check out the WIFLE store at the conference for all kinds of WIFLE merchandise on sale.  Remember, proceeds from the Silent Auction and the sale of WIFLE merchandise benefit the WIFLE Scholarship Fund.  Lots of fun, and all for a good cause, too.

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 Benefit Changes Likely

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


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Benefit Changes Likely

There are several benefit changes which will likely occur in this Congress (not necessarily this calendar year).  The first is one which FERS employees have championed since the inception of FERS: credit for unused sick leave at retirement.  Under the current law, when a FERS employee retires, any unused sick leave on the books on date of retirement simply disappears.  This has resulted in a “FERS flu” epidemic among those employees nearing retirement.  This results in the agency paying the employee’s full salary and benefit package, including the matching on the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) contribution.  By allowing credit for the unused sick leave balance in the FERS benefit computation, “cost” will be equal to 1 percent of the High-3 Average Salary for each full year (2087 hours) of unused sick leave.  More..>

The Federal Air Marshal service at WIFLE 2009

The Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) exhibit reinforces a positive professional Federal law enforcement image and showcases our key programs and initiatives, including mission deployment, intelligence, investigations, Global Response Teams, and Visible Intermodal Protection Response teams. Booth exhibitors are on hand to answer questions concerning qualifications for becoming an entry-level Federal Air Marshal, and for other entry-level administrative and technical positions at the FAM Service.

The exhibit features video monitors that continuously display the FAM Service mission statement. Life-like acoustics simulate the look and feel of six first class seats in an airliner, complete with the actual sound of the airplane taking-off. Seated visitors with headsets may view any of four video presentations: 1) FAMS History; 2) FAMS Operations; 3) FAMS Training; and 4) How to apply for a position with the Federal Air Marshal Service.

Additional information and giveaways will be available to all interested WIFLE attendees at the display.