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While the present association was established in 1955, the value of such an organization was expressed as early as April 21, 1936 in a letter to all officers from Richard E. McSweeney, Chief U.S. Probation Officer for the District of Massachusetts. The real effort to organize, however, came in 1948 when a committee was formed to study the establishment of a national association. Later, at a regional training institute in 1951 in Madison, Wisconsin, the officers in attendance accepted the earlier committee report and constituted themselves as a Federal Probation Officers Association.

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Rhode Island: Drug, Alcohol and Mental Health Specialist Job

Position Summary: The United States Probation Office for the District of Rhode Island is accepting applications for a full time Drug, Alcohol and Mental Health Specialist located in Providence, RI. This vacancy announcement is also open to existing U.S. Probation Officers seeking a promotion/transfer to the district.

The specialist is a resident authority for the district in supervising individuals with specialized risk/need areas, in addition to performing functions of a line officer. Specialists maintain current knowledge of monograph policies and procedures and remain current regarding developments in treatment services, community resources, contracting, drug testing, and/or technology associated with high risk cases under their supervision.

The United States Probation Office is committed to the goals, mission and values of the
United States Probation and Pretrial Services Charter for Excellence. Irregular working hours, including weekend work, may be required to support the Court, defend offenders.

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Check your paycheck -- you might be getting too much money News

Here is an article describing the potential for under-withholding throughout 2018, due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which would result in an individual having to pay the IRS a year from now when they complete their 2018 return instead of receiving a refund.

The IRS withholding calculator,, is not yet updated to account for the changes to the tax law. 

We thought you would be interested in the following article found on MSN from The Washington Post: Check your paycheck -- you might be getting too much money 

“We suggest that people look at their withholdings every year, but most don’t,” said IRS spokesman Eric Smith. “But if ever there was a year to look at your withholdings, this is the year. Your current return is a road map of your tax situation.” 

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New Legislative Summary Article- Crime- Sentencing Reform News

On February 15, 2018, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017.  It has a long way to go to become law, but would have significant effects on federal sentencing, imprisonment (judicial parole), a number of sentencing reductions with retroactivity, new requirements for PSIRs, and reporting requirements on our system.

Read the latest updates to Crime-Sentencing Reform, part of The Legislative Summary for the 115th Congress. 

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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.