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Secretary Napolitano

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 seminars.

Please see 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 BONGOS
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 membership.

Bongos is a happening, Cuban-themed restaurant owned by Gloria Estefan. Non-members are also welcome to participate in this fun event.
 


 


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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Business and Professional Women's Foundation


U.S. Marshals Service


U.S. Office of Personnel Management

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

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WIFLE

MEMBERS

NOTICE OF 2012 ANNUAL WIFLE BUSINESS MEETING
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
Executive Director


 

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 schedule.
 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 http://www.fbi.gov/news_blog/leoka_051412.

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 programs.
www.marist.edu/admission/graduate/partnerships

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®
http://
www.jeffreylawgroup.com

 

 

 

Gender Identity in the Federal Workplace

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 available.

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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Professional Woman’s Magazine
Professional Woman’s Magazine is chock-full of interesting and helpful information geared to women regarding leadership, education, job search hints, increasing your productivity at work, and so much more. A free e-newsletter from Professional Woman’s Magazine is  offered at http://www.professionalwomanmag.com/newsletter. To sign up, please email jfinazzo@professionalwomanmag.com or check out the website at www.professionalwomanmag.com.


 


 


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