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WIFLE Leadership Training Conference 2011








WIFLE Foundation, Inc. is preparing for the 2011 Annual Leadership Training Conference at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Long Beach, California. Conference dates are Tuesday, June 21 through Thursday, June 23, 2011, with exciting pre-conference training sessions planned for Monday, June 20. The Julie Y. Cross Annual Golf Tournament to benefit the WIFLE Scholarship Fund will also be held June 20 at Sea Cliff Country Club – just ¼ mile from the ocean in nearby Huntington Beach. To play this course is truly one of Southern California’s most beautiful golfing experience. Come join WIFLE in June. For information on the conference and the Julie Y. Cross Golf Tournament, please see the WIFLE website at www.wifle.org.

WIFLE Leadership Institute
By Margaret Moore, President, WIFLE Foundation

WIFLE will kick off the “WIFLE Leadership Institute” at the 12th Annual Leadership Training Conference with a special four-hour block of training targeting those in the SES ranks, GS-15 managers, and GS-14 supervisors/managers seeking training at the executive level.

To be eligible, the attendee must be at the GS-14 or GS-15 level for SES. The seminar is open to 50 registrants who indicate their interest during the registration process and formally register for the training through the WIFLE web site. The actual training will be held at the AVIA Hotel, two blocks from the conference host hotel, the Hyatt Regency.

The purpose of the training is to continually enhance the awareness level of the government leader that there are responsibilities, opportunities, and challenges that are associated with their position. To be prepared to lead, to become a change agent, to accomplish the agency’s mission are certainly what is expected of each leader.

This seminar seeks to go further in challenging the inner self to accomplish a greater good that effectively helps all women, since women are the most underrepresented group in law enforcement. It will demonstrate that women in leadership pushing for other women can actually increase the chances for real change. The efficacies of the mission and in turn the delivery of services to a society are better served when women examine the inequities, build consensus, and stand up for change.

This seminar is not for women only and open to all meeting the requirements mentioned above.


Shared Leadership Authority - A Silent Coup?
By June Werdlow Rogers

What’s a woman to do? Extremes abound. Women leaders are criticized as too conciliatory or too demanding; too timid or too forceful, and so on. Neither end of the spectrum is favorable. On the “easy” end, the label sucker awaits. Too demanding, you’ll be viewed as – well, you’re called something like Witch. So then, what’s the answer when you seem to be darned if you do and darned if you don’t?
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Insurance Program Changes
by Saundra Harman

Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP)

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced that there will be an Open Season for the Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP). The Open Season will run from April 4, 2011 through June 24, 2011. Active employees and their spouses (including same sex domestic partners of civilian workforce members) who are not currently enrolled will be able to apply for the FLTCIP using the abbreviated underwriting application (short form). Annuitants and other qualified relatives can never use the abbreviated underwriting; they are eligible to apply for the FLTCIP at any time using the full underwriting application. Active employees and their spouses are also eligible to apply for the FLTCIP outside of the Open Season utilizing the full underwriting application.

Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance (FEGLI)

There are rare Open Seasons to enroll in the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance (FEGLI). Those that have been in the past have occurred due to programmatic changes or underwriting changes. Therefore, OPM has announced regulations that make FEGLI coverage more flexible.
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A Lesson on Liability

By now, most of you are aware of the ill-guided attempts by subjects, criminal defendants, members of the public, special interest groups, and sometimes even politically motivated officials against federal law enforcement officers. And if you read the last WIFLE newsletter, you are also aware of the impact false allegations, public scrutiny and super-charged environments can have on your career. Our attempt here is to briefly explain some of the concepts related to civil suits against federal agents and officers. Civil suits are typically referred to as Biven's Actions, Constitutional Torts, or Personal Capacity Lawsuits. All federal employees can be sued personally by private persons or other entities for alleged violations of an individual's constitutional and common law rights. These types of suits are more likely, however, to be brought against law enforcement officers given their respective law enforcement responsibilities and powers. These law suits usually involve a claim of an alleged violation under the 4th amendment claiming an unlawful search or seizure - commonly referred to as a Biven's action - or some other constitutional tort (1st, 5th or 8th Amendment violations) arising out of an enforcement action.

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Marist offers concentrations in Ethical Leadership, Public Management, and Healthcare Administration as part of the online MPA


Online Graduate Study in Public Administration

Careers in law enforcement and criminal justice are rewarding and demanding. In addition to constantly learning new investigative techniques, technology, and policies to be effective on the job today, women in the field must also consider long-term career planning. Whether this is strategizing for promotions or establishing a “back up plan” in the event of injury or illness, obtaining a graduate degree in Public Administration (MPA) can help to differentiate you from the competition and provide valuable management and leadership skills. Starting in the fall of 2011, Marist College will offer three concentrations as part of the MPA degree. Each three-course concentration can be completed 100% and allow MPA students the opportunity to specialize in a particular area of interest – Public Management, Ethical Leadership, or Health Care Administration.


URL link: www.marist.edu/admission/graduate/partnerships

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THE PRIVACY ACT – Your right to Access and Amendment.
By Peter J. Jeffrey, Esq., Member and Director of Litigation, Mahoney & Jeffrey, PLLC

When making decisions regarding your employment – be it your continued suitability, access to classified information, or merit promotion eligibility – your employing agency typically reviews information about you maintained in “Privacy Act” system of records (e.g., Official Personnel Folders (OPFs), Employee Performance File (EPF), Adverse Action Files, or Personnel Security Clearance Files). (See generally, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Transmittal No. 22 (Apr. 2010), General Records Schedule (GRS) 1 at ¶¶ 1, 21, 23 and 30(b); and GRS 18 at ¶ 22(a)). The accuracy of that information is essential to your continued employment, career advancement, and benefit entitlements. Fortunately, the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. § 522a, provides you with a means by which to seek access to and amendment of those records. See 5 U.S.C. § 522a(d)(1) & (2).

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FBI's Law Enforcement National Data Exchange in Its Final Stage
by FEDagent.com

On Feb. 1, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began its third and final stage of the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange, or N-DEx, a national information-sharing system available at a secure website for law enforcement and criminal justice agencies.

Specifically, the system provides a place where law enforcement officers can submit certain data to a central source where it is compared against data already on file from local, state, tribal and federal agencies. This comparison can identify links and similarities among individuals, places, objects and activities across law enforcement. The data is stored at the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division in West Virginia.
In 2008, the FBI began the first phase of N-DEx, which provided participating agencies the most basic capabilities. They were able to create link analysis charts and search several thousand incident/case report records and arrest data. One benefit was from this phase was being able to determine a person's true identity.

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News and Notes
• Sick Leave allowed so employees can care for flu-stricken

• For the first time, the Office of Personnel Management is extending new benefits to the unmarried domestic partners of straight federal employees, as it has done previously for gay employees' partners.

• In response to high call volume, the Office of Personnel Management has established a new Tax Hotline that retirees can call to change the federal tax withholding on their monthly annuity payments. The Tax Hotline number is 800-307-8298.


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