September 2009

WIFLE 2009 Leadership Training Conference

Message from WIFLE Inc. President Amy Jo Lyons

Link to WIFLE 2009 Annual Training Photo Gallery

What a wonderful and successful leadership training conference we had June 16-18, 2009, at The Westin La Paloma in Tucson, AZ. Over 600 attendees participated in the outstanding lineup of informative workshops and many took advantage of special events, such as firearms training and a unique guided tour of the border by the U.S. Border Patrol. To kick off the 2009 leadership conference, we were honored to welcome keynote speaker Diane J. Humetewa, United States Attorney, District of Arizona. Other featured keynote speakers included Lilly Ledbetter, former Supervisor, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, for whom the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is named, and Dr. E. Faye Williams, National Congress of Black Women. 

WIFLE is extremely proud that we were able to award $16,500 in scholarships to worthy individuals this year – our most ever! We also presented the first ever Members Only WIFLE scholarship to Lauren Yamada of the Federal Air Marshal Service’s Office of Training and Workforce Programs. This scholarship was awarded based on demonstration of financial need and ability to articulate career objectives. Lauren will receive $1500 this year and an additional $1500 in 2010.
Many, many thanks go out to WIFLE Inc. Secretary Mary Irene Cooper for the incredibly successful silent auction at the leadership conference in Tucson. Because of Mary’s efforts, we were able to raise $21,000 for the WIFLE Scholarship Fund! This achievement was beyond our wildest expectations and will ensure that 2010 will be the best year yet for WIFLE scholarships.

One of the highlights of the leadership conference was the 2009 WIFLE Awards Banquet. Jesse L. Lane, Diversity Program Manager, United States Secret Service, introduced the banquet keynote speaker, Julia A. Pierson, Chief of Staff, U.S. Secret Service, and presided over the evening’s events, including an emotional introduction of WIFLE special guests - John Cross, nephew of Julie Y. Cross, and members of his family. As most of you know, WIFLE’s most distinguished award is the Julie Y. Cross Award, which honors the memory of Special Agent Julie Y. Cross, a U.S. Secret Service agent and the first female law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty on June 4, 1980. This year’s Julie Y. Cross Award was presented to Laura Hanlon, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Julie Y. Cross Award – International was presented to Corynn L. Stratton, Special Agent, Department of State, Diplomatic Security. 

Finally, a huge expression of gratitude and special thanks go out to the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for all their assistance at the leadership conference. Before, during, and after the conference, whatever WIFLE needed, the FAMS provided. They were absolutely wonderful! I don’t know what we would have done without them in Tucson. The welcome center that TSA set up at the Tucson Airport for WIFLE members attending the conference made quite an impression on everyone. What a fantastic greeting for our members as they arrived in Tucson!
Check the WIFLE website at www.wifle.org for photos highlighting the 2009 leadership conference activities, award winners, and scholarship recipients. 

WIFLE Foundation President, Margaret M. Moore (Left), family of Julie Y. Cross, and WIFLE Foundation Vice President, Monica Blodgett-Rocchio (Right)

Come Join WIFLE in Nashville for the 2010 Leadership Conference

The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, is the June 2010 site of WIFLE’s 11th Annual Leadership Conference. 

The Gaylord Resort and Convention Center is a beautiful and exciting location in America’s heartland. All conference sites, restaurants, shops, etc., will be steps away from your hotel room. Immediately adjacent to the hotel complex is the legendary Grand Ole Opry, the Opry Mills Mall, and the General Jackson riverboat on the dock of the Cumberland River. Also, the outstanding Gaylord Springs golf course – where the Julie Y. Cross Memorial Golf Tournament will be held - was designed by U.S. Open and PGA Champion Larry Nelson and has been called one of the finest resort courses in the Nation. 
It should be one of our best conferences yet. Don’t miss it! 


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Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and Women in Federal Law Enforcement have founded an academic partnership that allows WIFLE members, along with their families, to receive discounted tuition pricing for graduate and adult undergraduate degree programs offered by Marist College. 

As part of the partnership with WIFLE, the Marist College Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program will be delivered as an online flexible cohort degree program exclusively for law enforcement personnel. Students in the program represent a diverse mix of law enforcement professionals from local, state, and federal agencies throughout the country. The combination of experience provides for an intensely rich and beneficial learning experience and allows students the opportunity to widen their professional networks.

Special WIFLE members’ tuition for the MPA represents a savings of over 50% from the standard Marist College tuition and results in a total tuition cost of approximately $13,000. In addition, WIFLE members and their families interested in any of Marist’s other non-discounted graduate or adult undergraduate programs will qualify for a 25% tuition reduction.

This is an incredible opportunity. For more information on Marist College, tuition costs, admission requirements, and the MPA program, contact Marist College at www.marist.edu/graduate or call toll free, 888-877-7900, to speak directly with a Marist admissions counselor.


Amy Jo Lyons, current President of WIFLE, Inc., has been named Assistant Director of Inspection for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Her new responsibilities include oversight of sensitive Bureau investigations nationwide and assessment of FBI operations and performance throughout the country.

An 18-year veteran of the FBI, Amy Jo Lyons most recently served as the Bureau’s Special Agent in Charge of the Baltimore Division. Her distinguished career has included investigations into international drug money laundering, violent gangs in the New Haven area, the Columbo Organized Crime Family in New York, and 9/11 terrorist Zacharias Moussaoui, as well as serving as the On Scene Commander in the New York Division’s Joint Operations Center in response to the 9/11 attacks. 

  Press Release 

YOUR FEDERAL BENEFITS EXPLAINED: Important Change in the Computations of Death-In-Service Survivor Annuities and Disability Annuities

by Saundra Harmon, Harmon and Associates

A series of court cases have changed the way the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) calculates disability annuities and survivor annuities when employees have performed service in Law Enforcement positions and other positions that are usually tied to higher retirement deduction rates and to higher annuity accrual rates. Soon, OPM will issue a Benefits Administration Letter (BAL) which will provide more detailed information and guidance relating to death and disability claims involving employees who have performed service in those positions.  

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WIFLE is proud to announce that Rebekah Salazar, WIFLE, Inc. Past President in 2007-2008, received her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in May 2009. Rebekah remains active in WIFLE events and is currently serving as an Assistant Chief at the Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Border Patrol in Washington, DC. 


You can read Georgetown's write-up about Rebekah here.



by Mahoney and Jeffrey, PLLC

Many common misperceptions about the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) exist amongst federal employees, usually to an employee’s detriment. First, although the WPA covers most federal executive branch employees, the WPA does not apply to federal workers employed by the Postal Service or the Postal Rate Commission, the Government Accountability Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, the National Security Agency, and any other executive entity that the President determines primarily conducts foreign intelligence or counter-intelligence activities. Second, while the WPA prohibits an agency for retaliating against a “covered” employee for “whistleblowing,” very few federal employees understand what exactly constitutes “whistleblowing.” The Federal Circuit court case of Kenneth D. Huffman v. Office of Personnel Management provides a cautionary tale to other federal employees who believe that they have engaged in “whistleblowing.” See Kenneth D. Huffman v. Office of Personnel Management, 263 F.3d 1341 (Fed. Cir. 2001).  

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Many of you may not know WIFLE incorporated the WIFLE Foundation in 2006. The foundation works in tandem with WIFLE, Inc. to promote and support women in federal law enforcement and serves as the educational entity by providing for the Annual Leadership Training Conference, the Scholarship Program, research, and other programs. Through the WIFLE Foundation research projects, we will better serve our membership and all women in the federal law enforcement community by:
• Assisting agencies to improve recruitment, develop better retention rates, and provide training to help promote women in federal law enforcement. 
• Identifying barriers to hiring, promoting, and retaining women in the law enforcement professions. 
• Monitoring the progress of agencies in the hiring, promotion, and retention of women in law enforcement and recommending methods for improvement. 
• Enhancing the image of law enforcement in the communities we serve.
• Promoting the value of collaborative and cooperative leadership styles.
• Establishing and maintaining an information-sharing network.

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