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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!


Recent news

U.S. Pretrial Services & Probation Officer Job

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

(Up to six (6) positions may be filled)

Reports to: Supervisory U.S. Pretrial Services

& Probation Officer

Position Type: Full‐time permanen Area of Consideration: All qualified applicants

Classification: CL25/27 (Target Grade CL28)

(Promotion potential to higher level without further competition)

Salary Range: $44,626 ‐ $101,007
Posted: October 23, 2019

Closes: Opened until filled – first

consideration will be given to applications

received by Nov. 22, 2019.


The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio is comprised of eleven authorized District Judgeships, three senior judges, and seven magistrate judges. The Northern District of Ohio is headquartered in Cleveland and has divisional offices in Akron, Toledo and Youngstown. The Pretrial Services & Probation Office has an opening for U.S. Pretrial Services & Probation Officers in Cleveland, Ohio. Multiple positions may be filled.


The U.S. Pretrial Services & Probation Officer performs duties and responsibilities which include, but are not limited to, the following:

Officers conduct pretrial investigations and supervision; prepare bail or presentence reports. In conducting investigations and preparing reports, officers investigate the offense as well as defendants’ background for sentencing. The preparation of these reports requires interviewing persons under supervision /defendants and their families, investigating of the offense of conviction, prior record, and financial status of defendants. Other contacts may include the home and neighborhood, employers, law enforcement agencies, attorneys, victims of crimes, and other civic or community agencies. An integral part of the sentencing process is the interpretation and application of the U.S. Sentencing Commission guidelines and relevant case law. Officers make recommendations on sentencing. Following disclosure of the report, the officer analyzes any objections and determines an appropriate course of action, including resolving disputed issues and/or presenting unresolved issues to the Court. Officers monitor and supervise defendants and persons under Federal supervision, enforce court conditions, and provide treatment opportunities for positive lifestyle changes. Officers perform any other related duties required by the Court or the Chief Probation Officer.

In conducting supervision activities, the officer addresses offender adherence with the conditions of supervision, the reduction of risk to the community, and correctional treatment. The officer also maintains personal contact with persons under supervision through contacts in the office and in the community; investigates employment, sources of income, lifestyle and associates to assess risk and compliance; is responsible for detection of substance abuse and, through assessment and counseling, implements treatment or court proceedings; addresses substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, and similar problems; refers persons under supervision for medical, psychological, employment/training, or drug treatment Page 2 of 3depending on identified needs; investigates violations of the conditions of supervision and implements appropriate alternatives and sanctions. As necessary, the officer prepares fact‐based reports for the court or parole authorities, which may include interpretation of U.S. Sentencing Commission revocation guidelines, making recommendations for disposition; and testifying at court and parole hearing. Further, the officer interacts with organizations such as the U.S. Parole Commission, Bureau of Prisons, military parole authorities, and attorneys concerning offender supervision conditions.

QUALIFICATIONS: (Qualifications must be met at the time of application)

Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major in criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, human relations, business or public administration is required. An advanced degree is preferred.


To qualify for the CL25 level, applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience, which is defined as progressively responsible experience, gained after completion of a Bachelor’s degree in such fields as probation, pretrial services, parole, corrections, criminal investigations, or work in substance/addiction treatment. (Experience as a police, custodial, or security officer does not qualify as specialized experience.)


Completion of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and one of the following superior academic achievement requirements may be substituted for one year of specialized experience at the CL25 level:

  • An overall “B” grade point average equaling 2.90 or better of a possible 4.0;

  • Standing in the upper third of the class;

  • “3.5” average or better in the major field of study, such as business or public administration, human resources management, industrial relations, or psychology;

  • Election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma XI, or one of the National Honorary Scholastic Societies meeting the minimum requirements of the Association of College honor Societies, other than Freshman Honor Societies; or

  • Completion of one academic year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours) of graduate work in a field of study closely related to the position.



The duties of probation officers require investigating and supervising persons under federal supervision who present physical danger to officers and to the public. Because officers must effectively deal with physical attacks and are subject to moderate arduous physical exertion, applicants must be physically capable to do field work and possess a valid driver’s license. First‐time appointees must not have reached their 37th birthday at the time of appointment. Officers are required to complete the six‐week mandatory training with the U.S. Courts Probation and Pretrial Services Training Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Charleston, S.C. during their first year.



Prior to appointment, the selectee considered for this position will undergo a complete background investigation, medical examination and drug screening. Upon successful completion of the medical examination and drug screening, the selectee may then be appointed provisionally, pending a favorable suitability determination by the court. In addition, as conditions of employment, employees are subject to on‐going random drug screening and updated background investigations every five years and, as deemed necessary by management for reasonable cause, may be subject to subsequent fitness‐for‐duty evaluations. The medical requirements and the essential job functions derived from the medical Page 3 of 3guidelines for probation officer assistants and probation officers are available for public review at



Applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible to work in the United States. A background investigation with law enforcement agencies, including fingerprint and criminal, financial, and employment record checks will be conducted. Any applicant selected for a position will be hired provisionally pending successful completion of the investigation. This position is subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) for salary payment. The U.S. Pretrial Services & Probation Office reserves the right to assign/reassign an employee to any location within the Northern District of Ohio based on the needs of the agency. Travel within the state may be required.


Employees of the U.S. District Court are eligible for, but not limited to, the following employment benefits:

  • Accrual of paid vacation and sick leave days; and paid holidays

  • Participation in pre‐tax benefit programs (health, dental, and vision insurance programs, flexible spending accounts, commuter reimbursement benefit) •Group life insurance and long term care insurance

  • Participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)

  • Traditional (pre‐tax) and Roth (post‐tax) retirement savings and investment plan through the Thrift savings Plan (TSP) with employer matching contributions

  • Telework

  • Fitness center

  • Transit subsidy



Email the following documents IN A SINGLE PDF to ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE PROVIDED TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION: •Subject of Email should read: Vacancy 19‐21 U.S. Probation Officer.

  • Cover Letter addressing your particular skills and experience; with an explanation of how those skills and experience may contribute to the organization.

  • Current Resume.

  • List of three (3) professional references.

  • Copy of college transcripts.

  • Copy of most recent performance evaluation.

  • Completed Employment application (AO78) found at this link:

Applicants selected for interviews must travel at their own expense and relocation expenses will not be reimbursed. First consideration will be given to application packets received not later than the close of business (5:00 p.m. EST), on November 22, 2019. All requested documentation must be provided in order to be considered for this position. Questions can be directed to Human Resources at 216‐357‐7120.



All applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or be eligible to work in the United States. All appointments subject to FBI Fingerprint background investigation; with periodic reinvestigation, if applicable. Retention depends on favorable suitability determination. Judiciary employees serve under excepted appointments, and are considered “at will” and can be terminated with or without cause by the Court. All appointments are subject to mandatory electronic funds transfer. All employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees that is available to review at‐policies/judiciary‐policies/code‐conduct/code‐conduct‐judicial‐employees

The Court reserves the right to fill more than the advertised number of positions with this announcement, may modify the conditions of this job announcement, or may withdraw the announcement, any of which may occur without prior written or other no

The U.S. Pretrial Services & Probation Officer
Cleveland, Ohio
Date opened
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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
Date opened
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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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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.