Mirage, CA to be the Site of WIFLE’s 2013 Leadership Training!
WIFLE has selected the Westin Mission Hills Hotel and
Conference Center in Rancho Mirage, CA to host its 14th Annual
Leadership Training. The leadership training will be the week of
June 24, 2013. Stay tuned for future updates at
www.wifle.org and be sure
to mark the week on your calendar. You won’t want to miss being in
Rancho Mirage with WIFLE next year.
Above photo is of Westin Mission Hills Hotel
in Law Enforcement: How Gender Differences Enable
New Police Leaders
By Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, PoliceOne
Ignoring differences between men and women in the
police profession often stems from a misguided attempt to ‘treat
I’m fortunate enough to have a job that puts me in personal contact
with literally thousands of female police personnel each year, and
there isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t meet a “first” — the
first female in a given post at an agency. They might be the first
woman detective. They might be the first female K-9 handler, SWAT
sharpshooter, DT instructor, captain, chief, sheriff, you name it.
Even now, I’m still meeting young women who are the first female
officer ever to be hired by their department. Being the “first”
takes guts, determination, talent, and so much more. Take a look at
just a few of law enforcement’s historic “first ladies.”
Rose Fortune is widely considered to be the “World’s First
Policewoman.” Born into slavery in 1774, she escaped with her family
to Canada and as an adult, appointed herself “policewoman” of the
Annapolis Royal on Nova Scotia’s north shore. Rose walked the area
wearing a man’s waistcoat over her skirts, helping to keep the peace
and inspiring other women with her assertive ways and practical
Abby Hopper Gibbons helped found the Women’s Prison
Association in 1845 and was instrumental in securing the appointment
of the first six prison “matrons” in the United States, helping pave
the way for modern female correctional officers.
Stereotypes Requires a Beginning
Werdlow Rogers, PhD
Earlier this month, it was
reported that an abandoned firearm was found in a restroom stall at
the Detroit Metro Airport. The Transportation Security
Administration said that the weapon belonged to a federal law
enforcement officer. But officials revealed neither which restroom
(women’s or men’s), nor the gender of the owner. Okay, I admit it,
Gender should not matter, but it does.
When I hear stories about federal employees, especially bosses,
engaging in outrageous behavior I immediately brace myself for extra
fallout if it’s a woman. Why? Because I know that one woman’s
misstep is not only bad news for her, but is sometimes generalized
to the extent it morphs into a mainstream stereotype applied to
virtually every female - like the myths suggesting that women are
not good leaders.
In some of my workshops I initiate a
discussion about gender preference in supervisors. Which do you
suppose people openly, unashamedly, and emphatically state they
prefer - a male or female boss? If you guessed men - sadly you
would be right. And perhaps what is even more perplexing about this
answer is that it comes from as many women as men in the audience.
Now frustrated, of course, my next question is why. Many of the
accusations lodged suggest disagreeable interactions with women
Hosts Law Enforcement Leadership Training Program for Women in South
More than three
dozen female police officials from Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and
Uruguay participated in a recent five-day program hosted by the
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), in Glynco, GA.
The Women in Law Enforcement Leadership Training Program at FLETC
focused on topics such as work-life balance, leadership and
communication skills, as well as professional development tools for
the 38 female law enforcement leaders, according to a Department of
Homeland Security blog post.
“I have had the honor to be able to take part in several of the
training programs and saw firsthand how much the participants value
our efforts,” FLETC Director Connie Patrick wrote in the blog post.
“The heartfelt enthusiasm and motivation of these women at the end
of each training session truly shows the value of the program, and I
look forward to the next session in Budapest later this year.”
To date, more than 200 women from 25 countries have participated in
“The wide spectrum of individuals we are reaching makes me confident
that we are making a difference in advancing the rights of women
across the globe and developing future leaders [who] will strengthen
international security,” Patrick wrote.
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exclusively for federal law enforcement officers and special agents,
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in Federal Benefits
(FEHB Open Season and Certain Benefits for Same-Sex Partners)
by Saundra K. Harman,
President of S. Harman & Associates, Inc
As the Federal Employees’ Health
Benefits (FEHB) Open Season approaches, there are
several important changes new for this year.
NEW FOR THIS YEAR: SUMMARY OF BENEFITS AND COVERAGE
As a result of the Affordable Care Act, Federal
Employees’ Health Benefits (FEHB) plans will provide a
summary document detailing information about health plan
benefits and coverage on their websites. This Summary of
Benefits and Coverage (SBC) document will help FEHB
enrollees better understand their coverage and allow
them to easily compare different plans and plan options.
The SBC will include information on the following:
$ cost – deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, and
$ coverage – covered services, examples of covered
services, and excluded services
$ rights – rights to continue coverage and grievance and
The SBC will have a disclaimer indicating that the plan
brochure remains the official statement of benefits.
Plans will provide information in their Open Season
materials to their enrollees about where to find their
SBC on their website as well as how to obtain a paper
copy of the SBC. The plans may also have their SBC
available at health fairs.
Proposes to Limit Federal Employee Training Opportunities
By Peter J. Jeffrey, Esq., Member, The Jeffrey Law
The Federal Employee’s Law Firm ®
Currently, the Government Employees Training Act (GETA)
provides Federal agencies general authority for employee training.
Among its many provisions, the GETA authorizes Federal agencies to
use non-government training resources, such as the WIFLE Annual
Leadership Training Conference, to meet identified training needs
which otherwise could not be met with existing Governmental programs
and facilities. See 5 U.S.C. § 4105. Specifically, the GETA allows
for a head of an agency to: pay all or a part of the pay of an
employee of the agency selected and assigned for training; pay, or
reimburse the employee for, all or a part of the necessary expenses
of the training, including, but not limited to travel and per diem.
See 5 U.S.C. § 4109.
However, in the wake of the General Services
Administration (GSA) Public Building Services 2010 Western Regions
Conference scandal, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S.
Senate this legislative session have both passed bills placing
severe restrictions on federal employee attendance at non-government
training conferences. (See Office of Investigations, Office of
Inspector General, U.S. General Services Administration, Management
Deficiency Report: General Services Administration Public Buildings
Service 2010 WESTERN REGIONS CONFERENCE (April 2, 2012)); see also
the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (H.R. 2146) and 21st
Century Postal Service Act (S. 1789). Although the legislative
language passed by the House and Senate was identical, the language
was included in two different bills – the Digital Accountability and
Transparency Act (H.R. 2146) and the 21st Century Postal Service Act
(S. 1789). Specifically, if adopted by Congress the bills would
limit any agency from expending funds on “more than a single
conference sponsored or organized by an organization during any
fiscal year, unless the agency is the primary sponsor and organizer
of the conference.” In effect, a reasonable reading of this
provision would mean that if employees of the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) attended a regional training
program sponsored by Federally Employed Women (FEW), no other
employees of ATF could attend any other conference held by FEW for
the remainder of the fiscal year.
The FLTCIP Celebrates Its
The year 2012 marks the 10-year anniversary of the
Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) and an important
milestone in the history of this Federal benefit, which is sponsored
by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Since its launch in 2002, the FLTCIP has offered Federal workers and
annuitants the opportunity to take control of their future long term
care needs. Designed to be both flexible and affordable for a range
of budgets, the program has grown to be the largest of its kind in
the nation, with nearly 270,000 enrollees.
Throughout its first decade, the FLTCIP has continued to be popular
with Federal family members of all ages, especially those nearing
retirement. When enrollees are asked why they value the FLTCIP, the
following reasons typically top the list:
Flexibility: A choice of care settings and providers
The FLTCIP helps give enrollees confidence that if a long term
care event occurs, their insurance will help pay for quality care in
the setting of their choice, whether at home, in an assisted living
facility, or a nursing home. Both formal care from licensed
professionals and informal care provided by friends and family
members are covered.
Coverage for informal care has been a hallmark of the program from
the start. By paying friends and family members1 who
serve as caregivers, the FLTCIP makes it possible for enrollees to
remain at home and avoid or postpone entering a facility. The
importance of what’s called “aging in place” (and receiving care
from a familiar individual) is evident in the FLTCIP’s claim
history. Informal, home-based care is—and has always been—the number
one choice of enrollees receiving benefits.
Do Women Pay Too Much for FEGLI Option
by allFEDS, a new FEDS Partner
It has long been known that Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance,
Option “B”…better known as FEGLI Option “B”… is generally not a good
deal for healthy federal employees. What has not been widely
discussed is whether FEGLI Option “B” is a demonstrably worse
proposition for healthy women.
In the commercial market place, life insurance rates for men are 30%
- 50% higher than those for women due to standard mortality tables.
No such rate consideration is afforded women under FEGLI Option “B”.
This means women are either paying more than they need to or getting
less insurance than they could otherwise get in the marketplace.
In the “same benefit” comparison below in PDF format, you can see
that using a $500,000 benefit at age 50, assuming average health,
the female employee saves 30% initially and 77% over twenty years.
Note that the male employee would pay 33% more than his female
counterpart but still save 69% off the FEGLI Option “B”.
Using the “same premium” comparison below in PDF format, based on
age 45 in good health, for the same initial cost, the FEGLI Option
“B” provides $500,000 while the commercial carriers would provide
$750,000 for a male but $1,000,000 for a women. That is a 100%
higher benefit than the FEGLI Option “B” provides and the twenty
year savings would still exceed $40,000.
So here’s the question…if your HR office came to you and said that
they will double your current death benefit, remove the future
increases and reduce your twenty year costs by 70% would you be
Please note that there are numerous considerations other than price.
Women need to do their research regarding discounts available
outside the government. It is not unusual for a female, age 50 to
lock in guaranteed twenty year savings of $100,000 or more. That is
the equivalent of increasing your monthly retirement income by $400
- $500 per month.
So, do women pay too much for FEGLI Option “B?”…you make the
Federal Employee Defense Services (FEDS), a
WIFLE partner, has partnered with allFeds to educate you on all
the benefits available to Women in Federal Law Enforcement.
Visit our website at fedsprotection.com for Federal Employee
Professional Liability, LEOSA / State CCW Protection,
FedAdvantage Supplemental Disability and the allFeds Life
options available to you. For specific questions regarding this
article, please contact Dennis Stephens at 888-330-1790 or email
Sept 2012 FEGLI_Combo_20_same_premium.pdf |
Sept 2012 FEGLI_Combo_20_same_benefit.pdf
Marist College offers scholarship
funds for qualified WIFLE members.
Is it Time to
Finish Your Bachelors or Masters Degree? Get Started at Marist
Have you been considering a return to school to
finish a bachelors or masters degree? Don’t let another year pass
you by! Marist College offers a 100% online Bachelor of Science in
Leadership Studies and a 100% online Master of Public Administration
(MPA) for Law Enforcement and Emergency Services. These programs
will help you to attain your personal goals and prepare you for your
next career step – and with Marist’s special scholarships for WIFLE
members, you can save up to 50% off the tuition rate. Classes for
both of these degree programs begin in January and September of
Marist’s 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.
The Marist MPA is also 100% online and designed exclusively for law
enforcement and emergency services personnel. Students represent a
diverse mix of professionals from local, state, and federal agencies
throughout the nation. The MPA program offers three distinct
concentrations. Each three-course concentration can be completed
100% online and allows you to specialize in a particular area of
interest – Public Management, Ethical Leadership, or Health Care
The core of the MPA focuses on three critical areas for advancement
within the law enforcement field or transitioning to a career in
public safety leadership within the education, health care,
government, or other relevant sectors:
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 program evaluations
Marist College, a WIFLE-endorsed academic partner, has offered the
MPA since 1980 and, for 20+ years, has partnered with the New York
Police Department and the New York State Police to deliver programs
to their academies. If you have any questions about Marist’s
bachelors or masters program, please contact Brian Scott at
888-877-7900 or via email at
About Marist College: The Marist campus is located on the Hudson
River midway between New York City and Albany. Founded in 1929, the
College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges
and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Princeton
Review named Marist one of the best 368 colleges in the country and
for seventeen years, U.S. News & World Report has consistently
ranked Marist in its top tier. The College offers over 50
undergraduate degrees and 11 graduate programs, many of which can be
GovSec West Conference & Expo in Dallas, TX
The 2nd Annual GovSec West Conference & Expo will be
held October 8-10, 2012, in Dallas, TX. This event takes a
comprehensive approach to securing our Nation by providing security
professionals from federal, state, and local government – as well as
private corporations – with the tools, techniques, and strategies
for Critical Infrastructure Protection & Physical Security,
Counterterrorism & Border Protection, Education Campus Security, and
preventing Cyberterrorism & Cybercrime.
Plus, collaborate and network with top security technology
manufacturers and service providers showcasing their latest
products, technologies, and services in the FREE Expo October 9-10.
Get more information and register today. Get 10% off registration
with this special discount code: GARD6@
Betsy Casey, Co-Editor,
by Carol Paterick,
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