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FBI Agents' Group Warns Shutdown Imperils Investigations
Wall Street Journal
Report Says Shutdown In Impeding F.B.I's Law Enforcement Efforts
New York Times
FBI Field Offices Collect Food Donations for Unpaid Employees
Government shutdown posing 'risks to national security,' FBU union says in 72-page report
Shutdown situation bleak as feds rally against Trump at White House
FBI Agents Group Says Shutdown Affects Law Enforcemnet
Wall Street Journal
Press Releases and Advocacy
Voices From the Field: FBI Agent Accounts of Real Consequences of the Government Shutdown
FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) issued the following statement today:
On Friday, January 11, 2019, FBI Agents will not be paid due to the partial government shutdown, but we will continue our work protecting our nation.Â We urge our elected representatives to fund the Department of Justice (âDOJâ) and the FBI because financial security is a matter of national security:
Â 1.Â FBI Special Agents are subject to high security standards that include rigorous and routine financial background checks to ensure that Agents are financially stable and responsible. Missing payments on debts could create delays in securing or renewing security clearances, and could even disqualify Agents from continuing to serve in some cases.
2.Â The operations of the FBI require funding.Â As the shutdown continues, Special Agents remain at work for the American people without being paid, and FBI leadership is doing all it can to fund FBI operations with increasingly limited resourcesâthis situation is not sustainable. The important work done by the Bureau needs to be funded immediately.
3.Â Pay uncertainty undermines the FBIâs ability to recruit and retain high-caliber professionals.Â Special Agents are skilled professionals who have a variety of employment options in the private sector. The ongoing financial insecurity caused by the failure to fund the FBI could lead some FBI Agents to consider career options that provide more stability for their families.
FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) President Thomas OâConnor issued the following statement today:
âAs the country celebrates the New Year, the American public can be assured that the FBIAAâs membershipâwhich includes nearly 13,000 Special Agents of the FBI are on the job 24âhours a day, seven days a week to protect our country from criminal and terrorist threats. These men and women are doing so while facing a confluence of policies and gridlock that are causing financial hardship for Agents and their families.
FBIAA members and others are currently working without pay or paid leave because of a fourth government shutdown in five years. The FBIAA calls on elected officials to work together to end the shutdown and restore Agentsâ pay.
It Is Time to Make Domestic Terrorism A Federal Crime
Op Ed by: Thomas O'Connor, FBI Agents Association PresidentÂ
..." Congress should amend the U.S. Code to make domestic terrorism a crime subject to specific penalties that apply irrespective of the weapon or target involed crime in the crome. Specifically, this legislation should make it a crime for a person to committ, attempt, or conspire to commit an act of violence intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population or to influence government policy or conduct."Â
LifeLockÂ® Identity Theft ProtectionÂ â FBIAA members and their families are entitled toÂ LifeLockÂ identity theft protection membershipÂ at a discounted rate, subsidized by FBIAA. LifeLockÂ provides a unique and comprehensive system of identity protection which is best summarized by their three-step process: Detect, Alert, and Restore.Â LifeLock's identity network scans hundreds of millions of data points a second. If you do become a victim, aÂ U.S.-based Identity Restoration SpecialistÂ will handle your case every step of the way.
Tax Treatment of Moving Expenses
Â Â Â As many FBIAA members are likely aware, theÂ Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017Â eliminated qualified moving expense deductions and the exclusion for employer reimbursements or in-kind contributions made by employers to cover moving expenses. The result was that reimbursements for moving expenses became taxed at the same rate as ordinary income. While the new tax law offered an exclusion for active-duty service members, civilian federal workers, including Special Agents, had to bear this extra and unforeseen cost. While the General Services Administration (GSA) issued guidance in May of this year thatÂ provides a substantial amount of relief, this action was explicitly designed as a stop-gap measure and did not make a permanent or complete fix to the problem.
Â Â Â More information on theÂ hay hookÂ and this effort can be foundÂ here. Â Â The introduction of this legislation is an initial, but important, step towards our goal of ensuring that Agents do not face tax penalties as result of serving their country, and we will keep members updated as we move forward.
On November 1st, 2017, the FBIAA with the help of our sponors raised over $3,000 for both the Membership Assistance Fund benefiting Hurricane relief efforts and the Memorial College Fund. Thank you to all the FBIAA Jacksonville members, Agents, and friends who attended the event and made it so succesful! We can't wait to see you all next year for the 2nd Annual G-Man Jax Shootout at TopGolf Jacksonville!Â