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FPPOA is now over 60 years of age and is the sole representative association dedicated exclusively for staff working in Federal Probation and Pretrial Services. As part of FPPOA's commitment to the Federal Probation and Pretrial Services, we hope that this site is able to provide you with all the information that fits your professional needs. From the outset, the Association has been a major influence in the growth and direction of the Federal Probation and Pretrial Services System. During its early years, the Association contributed to the establishment of an improved, standardized salary plan, influenced a needed increase in the number of officers and served a major function in assuring qualification of officers for hazardous duty retirement. Read More >

Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week – July 21 to 27, 2019

July 21-27, 2019 is Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week. This is the annual celebration of our system, with the goal of raising awareness about the work community corrections professionals do every day. As United States Pretrial Services and Probation Officers, we perform at an extremely unique level, one I often describe as the “graduate level” of community corrections. After experiencing nearly twenty-five years in this profession, there have been changes. Arguably however, the core function of supervision and investigations are the same. Community supervision, rehabilitation, deterrence, determination of risk and flight, finding education and employment opportunities for offenders, and finding the right combination of those factors set forth in 18 U.S.C. 3553(a) in imposing a sentence. We do it all, each and every day, with each new case or client.

For me, it has never been dull or boring, each day a new challenge, each day not like the one before. There are so many knowledgeable and talented officers in our system, so many unique individuals who enter our doors, each day is a learning experience. Each day a new situation.
We have one week a year that celebrates our profession. But in the 52 weeks of each year, we choose a career you should celebrate each day. In the arena of Criminal Justice, the talk of reform and change, what remains the constant---the role of the Pretrial, Probation and Parole Officer; the concept has not changed since its inception in the late 1800’s. We are introduced to an offender and figure them out as to risk of flight and danger (pretrial); we examine their needs, history and sentence (presentence investigations); and then, we guide them through change, rehabilitation, and hold them accountable (supervision). Whatever role you perform today, Nice Job!

Share this with your office, your colleagues, with others you know in the state or local level. Thank them for their service, and wish them a Happy Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week, 2019.

National Training Institute 2019 - Tucson, Arizona

Please note, as of April 26, 2019, the FPPOA NTI 2019 registration is closed, as we've reached our maximum number of attendees. If a district would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email National President, Craig Penet. We may be opening more spaces for attendees in the next couple of weeks. Thank you all for your support to FPPOA.

The FPPOA (Federal Probation & Pretrial Officers Association) national board has planning underway for the upcoming National Training Institute (NTI) scheduled for Sunday, August 25th through Wednesday, August 28th in Tucson, Arizona. If you have attended one of our conferences in the past, you can recall the large amount of impressive presenters that participate, and whose presentations are directly related to the work of federal probation and pretrial officers. Generally, there are several hundred officers in attendance and the networking that officers from all across the country participate in is invaluable. This year's NTI will be no different. Located at the Marriott Starr Pass resort in Tucson, the southwest scenery, culture, and diverse sessions to chose from will be a conference you will not want to miss. This year, our keynote speaker on Sunday evening is Elizabeth Smart. As many of you may know, she endured a harrowing kidnapping experience in 2002. She will be focusing on the topic of resiliency and we are very excited to hear her message. As additional details are solidified about the NTI, they will be posted on our website ( Registration will begin in the coming weeks. Additionally, our website provides instruction on how to become an FPPOA member and posts up to date information in our fields.

The Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association is proud to open registration for the 9th National Training Institute being held August 25 to 28, 2019 at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, Arizona. This NTI carries the theme, #Educate #Collaborate #Innovate. To register, click on the following link and completely fill in all information. Once you register, you will receive an email with a link to the resort in order to book your room. The email will also include a password which will be used for the NTI APP, which will be sent to all registered attendees in the near future. The APP will also be used throughout the conference for information, schedule, presenters, announcements, etc. The registration fee for the conference is $375 per attendee.

The 2019 FPPOA National Training Institute will begin on Sunday, August 25th at 4pm, with Elizabeth Smart as the programs opening speaker with a presentation on resiliency.  There will be a host of break out trainings on Monday and Tuesday from 830 to 5, to include tracks for pretrial, presentence and supervision.  We will also have two limited attendence off site programs this year, one with Border Patrol and the other with U.S. Pretrial Services and Magistrate Court for the District of Arizona. Wednesday will feature our closing speaker, Michelle Gielan with a program on Creating Success Through Positive Engagement.  This will be followed by some wellness activities, with the training ending late morning.

Registration and rooms for FPPOA's National Training Institute are filling up quickly. Please note, the conference begins at 4pm on Sunday, August 25th and will end late morning Wednesday, August 28. If attendees plan to stay additional days after the conference, the hotel now has a limited number of rooms available. The hotel is fully booked on the 22nd for another event, and has limited availablity on the 23rd. FPPOA has a number of rooms blocked for Saturday, August 24. If your attendees are trying to book prior to August 24, they may receive a "hotel has no rooms available" message. They will need to adjust their arrival date in order to complete their hotel booking. Once registered, attendees should book a room immediately. Thank you....

This year’s NTI will be capped at 500. Once we reach that number, the conference will be closed. There is only one hotel room allowed per participant attending. You must register for the conference before booking your hotel room. Hotel bookings made without a completed registration will be cancelled.

After registration is complete, districts will be billed. Payment can be made by JFMIS, credit card, or check, payable to Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association.

Questions can be directed to the FPPOA website or Craig Penet, FPPOA National President We look forward to seeing you in Tucson!


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North Carolina: Probation officer – Court Services Job

The United States Probation and Court Services Office for the Western District of North Carolina is recruiting for a U.S. Probation Officer (Court Services). This position will be stationed in the Charlotte office.


Investigative Duties: The incumbent conducts investigations and prepares reports for the court with recommendations for sentencing of individuals convicted of federal offenses. The preparation of these reports requires interviewing offenders and their families, investigating the offense, prior record, and financial status of the offender, and contacting law enforcement agencies, attorneys, victims of the crimes, schools, churches, and civic organizations. An integral part of this process is the interpretation and application of the U.S. Sentencing Commission guidelines and relevant case law. The incumbent testifies in court as to guideline applications and serves as a resource to the court to facilitate proper imposition of sentence.

Perform all other duties as assigned.

UNITED STATES Probation officer – Court Services
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Happy Holidays: Special Edition of Wellness Wednesday News

Happy Holidays

Special Edition of Wellness Wednesday

Tis the season, we are entering that time of year! During this occasion we are enjoying gift giving and festive gatherings with family and friends. This time of year brings highs and lows of the holiday season. For many, the holidays can represent levels of stress that can be difficult to manage. Stress can be a result of financial expectations and obligations, as well as other hopes of the holidays from friends and family.

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New IRS Publication Helps Taxpayers Understand Tax Law Changes News

FPPOA encourages members to determine if their federal income tax withholding may need adjustment.

Major tax reform that affects both individuals and businesses was approved by Congress and signed by the President on Dec. 22, 2017. It’s commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, or TCJA, or tax reform. Throughout 2018, the IRS has been working closely with partners in the tax return preparation and tax software industries to implement the new law and ensure taxpayers can count on the IRS, tax professionals and tax software programs when it’s time to file their returns. Now there is a new publication that will help taxpayers learn how tax reform affects their taxes. IRS Publication 5307, Tax Reform Basics for Individuals and Families, is now available on While the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act law includes tax changes for individuals and businesses, this publication breaks down what’s new for the 2018 federal tax return individual taxpayers will be filing in 2019.

This new publication provides important information about:

  •       increasing the standard deduction,
  •       suspending personal exemptions,
  •       increasing the child tax credit,
  •       adding a new credit for other dependents and
  •       limiting or discontinuing certain deductions.

Taxpayers can access Publication 5307 at, along with other important information about steps taxpayers can take now to ensure smooth processing of their 2018 tax return and avoid surprises when they file next year. 

Because of the many changes in the tax law, refunds may be different than prior years for some taxpayers. Some may even owe an unexpected tax bill when they file their 2018 tax return next year. To avoid these kind of surprises, taxpayers should perform a Paycheck Checkup to help determine if they need to adjust their withholding or make estimated or additional tax payments now.

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FPPOA Board Elections - Online Voting Now Open! News

Online voting is now open for this year's FPPOA elections.

Please login and cast your vote today! Voting is open now through Tuesday, December 4th, 2018.

National Elections
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
Regional Elections

Regional elections are restricted to members within the region.

  • Northeast Regional President
  • Southeast Regional President

You must be logged in, and a current member to vote:

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Thomas Gahl Video

On September 22nd, 1986 Tom Gahl became the first United States Probation Officer to be killed in the line of duty. This video commemorates the 25th anniversary of his death.