Mark Your Calendars – June 20-23,
The 12th Annual WIFLE Leadership
Training Conference is scheduled to be held at the Hyatt Regency Long
Beach in sunny Long Beach, California, from June 20-23, 2011. Regularly
check the WIFLE website at www.wifle.org
for further details as conference plans finalize. Be sure to save the
dates for what should prove to be a memorable event. See you at this
important leadership training program!
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Searching for a New Career?
• The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking women to fill
positions in its Office of Criminal Enforcement at various locations
around the country.
• The Federal Reserve Bank of Miami is currently looking to fill the
If the above positions look interesting to you, check out the “Career
Corner” page on the WIFLE website for further information on
these jobs, as well as links to several federal law enforcement agency
recruiting sections. Also, for the complete listing of all federal
positions, be sure to see the Office of Personnel Management’s
official government recruiting site.
Forget About Fighting!
By June Werdlow Rogers
It was a real pleasure and honor for me to speak with many of you during
the WIFLE conference in Atlanta. As your columnist, it is important to me
that I address issues that are important to you. When I explained this
after our “work show” presentation designed to prepare women for
navigating the double standard; I was thrilled that one participant sought
me out with a request. She said she wanted me to address the concern
centering around the perception of in-fighting amongst women.
As I informed her, I have already written some about “cat fighting” -
Chapter 6 in my new book Cracking the Double Standard Code and a piece
entitled Catfights are only for Entertainment which presents advice on
this troubling phenomenon. I believe people are more likely to stop this
contentious behavior when they can get a glimpse behind-the-scenes. Now,
on to the point about the really destructive tearing down that comes with
competitive battles among women.
complete article here
Marist College Prepares WIFLE Members for Career
Advancement with Online Master of Public Administration
The Master of Public Administration degree (MPA) is especially
relevant for law enforcement, human service, and government
professionals, as well as those interested in non-profit administration.
Public Administration programs typically stress three important areas:
1) understanding the political, legal, ethical and social context of
public sector administration;
2) achieving proficiency in a full range of management techniques, as
well as developing an understanding of organizational behavior;
3) developing the ability to apply quantitative and qualitative
methodologies to solve important problems, conduct policy analysis, and
Read how Marist is your partner through
New OPM Regulations Updating Definition of
U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued new regulations,
effective July 14, 2010, updating definitions related to “family member”
and “immediate relative” for the use of sick leave, funeral leave,
voluntary leave transfer, voluntary leave bank, and emergency leave
transfer. The new regulations were intended to promote consistent
application of policy across the federal government. Please note that the
new definitions do not apply to the Family and Medical Leave Act. For
further information, attached is a link to the Federal Register
publication of June 14, 2010, detailing the new OPM regulations:
90th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment:
Guaranteeing Women the Right to Vote
26, 2010, marked the 90th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th
Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution which guaranteed women the right to vote. This major
milestone for women was achieved in 1920 after a 72-year-long civil
rights struggle. Each year on August 26, the United States celebrates
the ratification of the 19th Amendment through Women’s Equality Day.
For further information on this interesting subject,
see the synopsis here.
For additional reading,
see the PDF file here.
U.S. Justice Department Reports on Trends in
Women in Federal Law Enforcement
By Lynn Langton, Statistician
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Among the 53 federal agencies that were consistently organized and
consistently provided gender data, the percentage of female sworn officers
increased by about 1% over 10 years, from 14% in 1998 to just over 15% in
2008. Between 1998 and 2008, the average increase in the percentage of
female officers in federal agencies was just over one-tenth of one percent
In 2008, an average of 20% of the sworn law enforcement officers working
for all federal agencies in the United States and the territories were
(WIFLE Editors Note: There were five
major federal law enforcement agencies that did not report statistics to
BJS for the 2008 study, thereby skewing the numbers upward and only
accounting for a total of 90,000 federal law enforcement officers. Of the
90,000 sworn officers, BOP employees represent 17,000 and the AOUSC
account for 4,800 sworn personnel. The total sworn federal
officer population in 2004 was 105,000 federal officers. Four of the five
missing agencies reported an estimated 11,000 sworn officers in 2004.
The missing data is crucial to accurately measure the numbers of women in
federal law enforcement. WIFLE is working closely with BJS to gain a more
accurate accounting of the numbers. Even without statistics from these
five agencies, WIFLE is concerned that the report indicates the total
increase of female sworn officers among the consistently reporting
agencies was only 1% in the past 10 years. However, WIFLE is encouraged
that some federal agencies did show an increase, particularly the
Inspector General agencies and certainly with the IRS, USPIS, FBI, U.S.
Park Police and U.S. Capitol Police. See Table 1 of BJS report for your
complete article here
The New Consumer Protections on Credit Cards: An
by Saundra Harmon, Harmon and Associates
Prohibitions and Restrictions on Interest Rate Increases: Card
issuers generally can’t increase the interest rate on a credit card for
one year after an account is opened, and after that, the rate can
generally only rise on transactions. However, there are several exceptions
that allow for rate increases during the first year and on existing
balances. For example, card companies can increase the interest rate on an
existing balance when the advertised, market-based “index” (such as the
prime rate) that a variable-rate card is tied to goes up, a promotional
rate expires or the consumer is more than 60 days late on payments.
Card issuers also must generally provide a 45-day notice before applying
an interest rate increase to new transactions (those made more than 14
days after the date of the notice). For example, if customers receive a
notice from their card company stating that the Annual Percentage Rate
will increase to 24.9 percent, and the notice is provided July 1, that
higher rate would apply to transaction made on or after July 16. However,
interest on new transactions would only be charged at the higher rate if
there is still a balance due after August 15 (the close of the 45-day
notice period). As always, if you pay the balance in full by the due date,
you can avoid interest charges.
complete article here
CALIBRE PRESS TRAINING – WIFLE MEMBERS RECEIVE
By Kisty Fairchild
Calibre Press offers training specifically for female officers and
agents from all areas of law enforcement including federal, state, and
local agencies in the “Street Survival for Women” seminar. WIFLE members
qualify for a 20 percent discount to attend this popular seminar and any
other Calibre Press course.
Calibre Press is one of the leaders in law enforcement training and the
“Street Survival for Women Seminar” is the ONLY law enforcement seminar
of its kind. This GSA-approved course will deliver the tools you need to
not only survive on the job, but to excel in your career and in your
personal life! The curriculum is based on the most up-to-date
information on tactics and equipment to fit the female mind and body, as
well as the most current issues facing women in all walks of law
By attending this seminar you will develop the tactical awareness and
mindset necessary for your ultimate survival, as well as examine
training and equipment issues specific to women, learn off-duty survival
skills, and develop skills for balancing your career and home life,
including managing a pregnancy on the job, plus much more.
There are three “Street Survival for Women” seminars scheduled for
2010-2011. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the one nearest you!
November 3-4, 2010 February 16-17,
2011 October 19-20, 2011
Las Vegas, NV
Atlantic City, NJ
For more information on Calibre Press seminars or to register for a
seminar, please visit
www.calibrepress.com or contact Kisty Fairchild at
UNREASONABLE EXPECTATIONS OF PRIVACY –
Personal Use of Government Email Systems and the Internet.
By Peter J. Jeffrey, Esq., Member and Director of Litigation
Mahoney & Jeffrey, PLLC, The Federal Employee’s Law Firm®
Federal departments and agencies have generally adopted policies that
authorize employees some limited personal use of government email
systems and/or the Internet. For example, Department of Justice
employees generally may use most office equipment, including email and
Internet, where the cost to the Government is negligible and the use
occurs on an employee’s own time. See 28 C.F.R. § 45.4. Nevertheless,
such authorized personal use normally comes with great limitation and
While Department of Justice employees may make personal use of the
Internet, they may not send “personal files that could slow the delivery
of the Department's official Internet e-mail,” and must ensure “any
personal files [sent] through the Department's Internet connection are
appropriate to the Department of Justice workplace.”
http://www.justice.gov/jmd/ethics/docs/personal.htm. Further, while
Department of Justice employees “may send a short, personal message to
another employee . . . personal messages sent to groups of people and
messages sent to disseminate information on non-Governmental activities,
such as charitable events, religious observances and personal
businesses, are prohibited.”
complete article here
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