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 >
Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association
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.
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 IRS.gov/getready. 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 IRS.gov/getready, 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.
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.
- Vice President
Regional elections are restricted to members within the region.
- Northeast Regional President
- Southeast Regional President
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Supervision Duties: Supervise defendants/offenders to provide positive lifestyle changes and to maximize compliance to court imposed conditions, reduce risk to the community, and to provide correctional treatment. Assess risk, develops objectives and strategies for controlling risk, and address identified needs. Utilize evidence-based practices into daily activities and interactions involving defendants/offenders. Maintain personal contact with defendants/offenders by way of both office-based visits and home/community contacts which could take place in unsafe neighborhoods or environments where illegal activities and violence could occur. Investigates employment, sources of income, lifestyle and associates to assess risk, needs and compliance. Responsible for detection of substance abuse through defendant/offender assessment and implements the necessary treatment referrals and/or violation proceedings. Detect and investigate any violations of supervision and implements appropriate alternatives and sanctions. Report violations of the conditions of supervision to the court and appropriate authorities.
The beauty of autumn is remarkable here in the Midwest, even if the daily temperature will not get over 60 degrees for six months. People can enjoy outdoor activities such as hunting and hay rides, which both include hot apple cider and donuts (yum). Also, if you pay attention on October 31, you may be able to observe real angels, ballerinas, zombies, ghouls, ghosts, and superheroes walking the streets requesting sweet treats.
Yes, autumn has its bright spots but unfortunately it also signifies the beginning of flu seasons. Every year the flu causes over 200,000 people to be hospitalized in the United States. Therefore, the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends everyone over the age six months old get the flu vaccine. With the holidays fast approaching and people gathering more often which increases the chances of spreading the virus. The Advisory Committee therefore suggest everyone should get the flu vaccine by the end of October.
However, many of us are very skeptical about getting a flu vaccine because we are scared it will make us sick. Others are concerned that the flu vaccine will have long lasting negative effects on their children.
The following article addresses some of the concerns about getting the flu vaccine and why people should consider getting the flu vaccine.
As always FPPOA is here for you.
Dion J Thomas
Supervisory United States Probation Officer
Eastern District of Michigan