|WIFLE 12th Annual Leadership
Training Conference, June 25-28, 2012
WIFLE is pleased to announce that Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano will present opening remarks at the 12th
Annual WIFLE Leadership Training Conference at the Buena Vista
Palace Hotel in Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), Florida, the week of
June 25, 2012. Secretary Napolitano’s remarks will be the highlight
of this year’s opening ceremony on the morning of June 26, 2012.
There is still time to register for the full schedule of interesting
and career enhancing seminars planned for the conference, including
special training sessions on Monday, June 25; the WIFLE Executive
Leadership Seminar open to GS-14/15 and SES attendees; a recruitment
fair sponsored by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Office of
Personnel Management; a second recruitment fair directed at women
veterans; and much more.
Also, a number of additional activities will be available to take
advantage of during your free time. Don’t miss the Julie Y. Cross
Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, June 25 at the beautiful Grand
Cypress Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus designed course. All proceeds
from the golf tournament benefit the WIFLE Scholarship Fund. Another
more pampering activity is a treatment at the hotel spa. The Buena
Vista Palace Hotel Spa is offering 20% off on all appointments for
WIFLE conference attendees. Be sure to book your appointments now
for what is certain to be a popular way to relax after a day of
www.wifle.org/conference2012 to register and for all the details
on this year’s conference events.
Bongos Cuban Cafe Orlando
|WIFLE MEMBERS NETWORKING EVENT AT
Come join the fun at the WIFLE Members Networking Reception at
Bongos on Tuesday evening, June 26, in the Downtown Disney area near
the conference hotel. Complimentary appetizers and one beverage are
provided to members and new members joining on site. Reduced
membership rates are available only during the conference: $40
regular/sworn officer membership and $30 associate/non-sworn
Bongos is a happening, Cuban-themed restaurant owned by Gloria
Estefan. Non-members are also welcome to participate in this fun
June Werdlow Rogers
|What did she know; when did she
know; and what did she do about it? Effective Leadership in the wake
of the Secret Service Scandal.
By June Werdlow Rogers, PhD
It’s been reported that the very day the Special Agent in Charge
(SAC), a woman, learned U.S. Secret Service agents employed the
services of prostitutes in Colombia South America she took immediate
action. After an initial probe, SAC Paula Reid ordered the expulsion
from Colombia of all personnel suspected to have been involved in
the affair. Since that time, many including me have celebrated her
leadership in managing this crisis.
Of course not everyone recognizes great leadership when it is
exhibited by a woman in command. “She’s just doing her job” is the
type of statement cynics offer to minimize the significance of
contributions made by women on a daily basis. However, such postures
do little to advance our understanding of managing in general and by
women in particular. You see, women and men do not lead the same
way. One gender is not superior to the other -- just different. And
recognizing these distinctions is the first step in harnessing the
benefits each gender brings to the table.
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Professional Women's Foundation
U.S. Marshals Service
U.S. Office of
|WIFLE and BPW Foundation Partner to
Help Women Veterans
WIFLE has entered into a partnership with the Business and
Professional Women’s Foundation (BPW) (www.bpwfoundation.org
). The BPW began in 1919 and their mission is to empower working
women to achieve their full potential. The foundation also partners
with employers to build successful workplaces through education,
research, knowledge and policy.
BPW has recently initiated a program call Joining Forces Mentoring
Plus, which supports women veterans and military spouses (www.joiningforcesmentoringplus.org
). This program provides the tools, outreach, and capacity to
engage women mentors and assist women veterans and military spouses
find meaningful jobs and careers.
This relationship gives all members of
WIFLE an opportunity to mentor women vets, regardless of your
experience or position. Often we think of mentors as people with
many years of experience, but that isn’t necessarily true. Each of
you has successfully navigated the long and complex procedures for
securing a position in your agency. You have figured out how to
schedule babysitters, doctor appointments, commuting, etc. and how
to conform to the culture of your agency. All these things are also
important to women veterans as they transition out of the military
and move into civilian life. How you accomplished this can be a path
for somebody who has not.
As part of the focus on women veterans,
the United States Marshals Service, in connection with the Office of
Personnel Management, will host two career days at the WIFLE 2012
Leadership Training Conference in Buena Vista, FL, to be held June
25-28. The first career day program will be open to the general
public; the second day will target women veterans. Some research
figures show women veterans having a 22% unemployment rate, which
far exceeds the rates for men vets and the general public. The
Veterans Career Day will focus on all positions in the law
enforcement agencies. Women vets will be invited to join conference
attendees for the continental breakfast. There, in an informal
setting, they can mingle and gain insight on the agencies.
Watch for more information about being a mentor.
|NOTICE OF 2012 ANNUAL WIFLE
In accordance with existing by-laws, WIFLE will hold its Annual
Business Meeting on Thursday, June 28, 2012, starting at 7:45 a.m.
in the Cloister Room at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel, 1900 Buena
Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. All current WIFLE members are
invited to attend this important meeting.
Topics to be discussed include:
• Activities in 2011 and 2012;
• Financial Reports for 2011;
• Membership Report;
• Status of Trademarks;
• WIFLE Strategic Plan and Structure;
• Report on WIFLE Foundation, Inc. and WIFLE Scholarship Fund.
Your response via email to WIFLE@comcast.net
no later than June 14, 2012, indicating that you will attend this
meeting will be greatly appreciated.
Margaret M. Moore
||Federal Long Term Care Partners,
LLC – Upcoming/On-Going Webinar Sessions
In addition to our standard Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program
(FLTCIP) informational webinar, LTC Partners, LLC has invited
industry experts to help explore topical issues such as retirement
planning and caregiving, and to highlight the advantages of adding
the FLTCIP to your overall benefits package.
To register for any of the events
listed below, visit
www.LTCFEDS.com/webinar. Employees can watch the event live
(with Q & A) or they can view the archived version on their own
FEHB, FEGLI, FLTCIP, FSA, FEDVIP – it’s all alphabet soup! (June
19th, 2 p.m., ET) The world of Federal benefits and insurance can be
confusing. Which benefits and elections should you opt for and what
changes should you make along the way and into retirement? Join us
as Tammy Flanagan highlights the top tips to help you manage your
own Federal benefits package.
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NATIONAL POLICE WEEK MAY 13-19
WIFLE News from National Police
Week, May 13-19, 2012
During National Police Week, May 13-19, law enforcement officers
from around the world gathered in Washington, DC, to honor
colleagues who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Federal Bureau of
Investigation statistics show that in 2011, 72 law enforcement
officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty; 16 more than
the previous year. For further information, see
WIFLE Inc. Deputy Executive Director
Catherine Sanz attended the National Law Enforcement Officers
Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) Chairman’s dinner on the evening of May 12 at
the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington. Keynote speaker was B.
Todd Jones, Acting Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives (ATF). The NLEOMF honored George W. May with a
Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Mayo has provided the NLEOMF with
vital legal support on a pro bono basis since 1987.
On May 15, Executive Director Margaret
Moore and Deputy Executive Director Sanz attended a presentation
sponsored by the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus and the House of
Representatives Law Enforcement Caucus entitled “Protection through
Innovation: Bullet and Stab Resistant Body Armor and Our Nation’s
Law Enforcement Officers.” Speakers included:
• U.S. Senator Christopher Coons (Delaware)
• Chief Jeffery Horvath, Lewes, Delaware Police Department and
Chairman of the Delaware Police Chiefs Counsel
• Chief Ron McBride (Retired), IACP/DuPont Kevlar Survivors Club
• Stephanie Garlock, National Sheriff’s Association
• Jeff Fackler, DuPont Protection Technologies
The session featured a panel discussion
on the function and science behind vests; body armor wear rates and
special fit issues concerning body armor worn by females; the
scientific testing process for body armor; and efforts to minimize
risks of back and face injuries.
On May 16, Executive Director Moore and
Deputy Executive Director Sanz attended an event held by ATF to
honor the memory of Special Agent John Capano, killed in the line of
duty on December 31, 2011. John’s wife and children were in
attendance. Congressman Peter King of New York personally knew the
Capano family and presented remarks at the event. Deputy Attorney
General James Cole and Acting ATF Director Jones joined in offering
their praise of this courageous agent.
To date, 188 ATF agents have been
killed in the line of duty since 1883. In addition to SA Capano, the
name of William Henderson Foote was added to the memorial wall at
ATF Headquarters during National Police Week. Foote was a Deputy
Collector at one of ATF’s predecessor agencies who died on December
29, 1883. He was the first black federal law enforcement officer to
die in the line of duty.
Also on May 16, Ms. Moore and Ms. Sanz
met with Veronica Villalobos, Director of Diversity and Inclusion,
Office of Personnel Management. The meeting focused on issues of
mutual interest to work together on, as well as the upcoming WIFLE
Leadership Training Conference in June in which Ms. Villalobos is
scheduled to participate.
|HSI/ICE Special Agent Bikes for
Officers Killed in the Line of Duty
Each year, in connection with National Police Week, Special Agent
Ellen Pierson, Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and
Customs Enforcement, embarks on a bike ride crossing several state
lines in remembrance of law enforcement officers who have died in
the line of duty. This year, she will be making the trip with others
while also participating in the Law Enforcement United Bike Ride.
On April 29, she and other retired and
active duty law enforcement officers from federal, state, and local
agencies began their journey in Denham Springs, LA. They cycled
nearly 30 miles with the family of Rob Moorhead, a deceased U.S.
Customs and Border Protection Officer who was struck and killed
while biking by an individual who was texting and driving in April
2011. From there, a van transported Pierson and the group to
Jacksonville, FL. Three additional officers joined them as they
continued on to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in
Georgia. On May 1, the official Law Enforcement United Bike Ride
began and participants rode to Chesapeake, VA. Pierson continued on
to Pennsylvania and finally arrived on Saturday, May 12 at the
Ellipse of the White House in Washington, DC.
SA Pierson is very busy this year. She
is also one of the volunteers coordinating the 2012 Julie Y. Cross
Memorial Golf Tournament on June 25, 2012, to be held in conjunction
with the WIFLE Leadership Training Conference in Buena Vista, FL.
Marist College offers special scholarships for
qualified WIFLE members for our 100% online Masters and Bachelors
|Looking to Complete Your Bachelors
or Masters Degree?
Make it Happen at Marist College!
If you’ve been thinking about a return to school to pursue a
bachelors or masters degree, don’t let another year pass by. Marist
College’s 100% online Bachelor of Science in Leadership Studies and
Master of Public Administration (MPA) for Law Enforcement and
Emergency Services programs will prepare you for your next career
step – and with Marist’s generous scholarships for WIFLE members,
you’ll save up to 50% off the standard tuition rate. Classes begin
in September of 2012 and January of 2013.
The 100% online Bachelor of Science in Leadership Studies allows
students to maximize college and professional credits earned at
prior institutions to expedite the amount of time needed to complete
your degree. Choose from concentrations such as criminal justice,
psychology, communication, IT, and business.
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Peter J. Jeffrey, Esq.
The Jeffrey Law Group, PLLC
The Federal Employee’s Law Firm®
|Gender Identity in the Federal
By Peter J. Jeffrey, Esq., Member, and Alexis N.
Tsotakos, Esq., Associate
The Jeffrey Law Group, PLLC, The Federal Employee’s Law Firm ®
The U. S. Supreme Court has explicitly stated that discrimination
based on gender stereotypes is prohibited under Title VII of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e, et seq. See Price
Waterhouse v. Hopkins, 490 U.S. 228 (1989). Last month the U.S.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) applied that holding,
finding that discrimination based on transgender status is
actionable under Title VII.
In Macy v. Department of Justice, EEOC Appeal No. 0120120821 (2012),
an applicant brought a complaint against the agency for
discriminating against her on the basis of sex, specifically
alleging that she was not selected for a position because she is
transgender. In that case, Mia Macy, a police detective, learned of
an open position with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and
Explosives (ATF) available in the Walnut Creek crime laboratory.
Macy spoke telephonically with the Director at the Walnut Creek lab
on two occasions, discussing her experience, credentials, salary and
benefits. Both times they spoke, the Director indicated that Macy
should have no problem obtaining the position, so long as there were
no issues that arose during her background check. Subsequently, the
contractor responsible for filling the position initiated a
background check on Macy.
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||Filling the LEOSA Exposure Gaps
The Law Enforcement Officers Safety (LEOSA) Act of 2004 and the
LEOSA Improvements Act of 2010 exempt qualified active and retired
law enforcement officers (LEOs) from state and local laws
prohibiting the carrying of concealed firearms so they could carry
firearms to protect themselves, their families, and others from
criminals and terrorists. These Acts, however, do not shield
qualified LEOs from civil and criminal liability exposure - so the
option to purchase LEOSA-HR218 and State CCW protection is now
The relevant legal concepts and doctrines in the area of federal
employee liability and LEOSA are complicated. In most cases, civil
suits resulting from fully justified acts under LEOSA will likely be
dismissed on immunity doctrines and Good Samaritan laws. However,
not all qualified federal law enforcement officers under LEOSA have
the same off-duty authority as 1811's do. More importantly, this
coverage was designed to fill the LEOSA civil exposure gaps similar
to the on-duty civil liability gaps of federal agents if the agency
finds the officer acting outside of scope, outside the interest of
the U.S. to defend, and/or outside of agency LEOSA authority. The
coverage also provides coverage for criminal defense costs resulting
from a criminal action involving a self-defense related incident as
well as criminal defense against state charges of unlawful carriage
of a firearm or federally legal ammunition when lawfully carrying
under LEOSA or CCW.
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