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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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FEDS Professional Liability Insurance Webinar (video) News

Recently, FEDS conducted a Professional Liability Insurance Webinar designed specifically for FPPOA members.  In this webinar, FEDS explained the liability exposures of Federal Probation and Pretrial Services Officers, the coverage provided by FEDS professional liability insurance, and general reimbursement guidelines.  Below is a link to that recent webinar, in the event  you were unable to attend.

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Veterans History Project Hosts Panel Discussion on Effects of PTSD in Crime and Rehabilitation News

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On any given day, 7 percent of the estimated 2.3 million people incarcerated in U.S. jails are men and woman who served in our armed forces

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The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, in collaboration with the National Institute of Corrections, will host a panel discussion on the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on veterans and how to support those who have run afoul of the law by providing appropriate treatment.

The panel of experts, in honor of Memorial Day and in anticipation of National PTSD Awareness Month, will be held on Thursday, May 17, at1 room 119 on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.  Tickets are not needed but an RSVP is required. Reservations may be made by sending an email to

This event will also be livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page at and its YouTube site (with captions) at

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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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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.