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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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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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Alabama: U.S. Probation Officer Job

Announcement Number: 2018-01
City, State: Birmingham, AL and Huntsville, AL
Permanent Position: Permanent
Number of Positions 2
Salary: $40,464 - $95,388 (Birmingham)
: $41,558 - $97,968 (Huntsville)
Closing Date: 3/16/2018

Position Summary:

The U.S. Probation Office in the Northern District of Alabama is seeking qualified applicants for the position of probation officer. Probation officers serve in a judiciary law enforcement position and assist in the administration of justice and the promotion of community safety through their assigned duties. The positions to be filled from this announcement are in the court services unit. The primary duties of officers in this unit are to conduct pretrial and presentence investigations as outlined in the Representative Duties section of this announcement. Expenses associated with travel for interviews and or relocation are non-reimbursable. Existing U.S. Probation Officers in other districts are encouraged to apply. Lateral transfers will be considered at current CL (up to CL 28) and step (without matching locality pay of originating district).

Download Job Details PDF: Alabama-USPO.Position.Announcement.2018-01.pdf

Rhode Island: Supervising United States Probation Officer Job

Announcement Number: 17-15
City, State: Providence, RI
Permanent Position: Permanent
Job Grade: CPS 29/30
Minimum Salary: $77,105
Maximum Salary: $148,119
Closing Date: 2/16/2018

Position Summary: 

The United States Probation Office for the District of Rhode Island is looking for a Supervising Probation Officer to join our management team. We are seeking a motivated individual to serve in a critical leadership position within the office. As an integral part of the management team, the Supervising Probation Officer is responsible for driving and measuring organizational excellence, while leading staff, coordinating major office initiatives, and fostering teamwork to achieve common goals.

A Supervising Probation Officer is responsible for the quantity and quality of services provided by a unit of probation officers and support personnel. A supervisor serves as a positive role model, mentor, and coach for staff and has a variety of administrative and operational duties. The incumbent communicates, supports, and enforces the policies and procedures of the district.

We are seeking a third Supervisor. Responsibilities will include overseeing the Pretrial and

Presentence Investigations Unit, as well as additional functions to be determined.

Download Job Details PDF: Rhode-Island-Probation SUSPO_1715-2018.pdf

FEDS: Ignorance is Expensive News


Bad things happen to good, conscientious, hardworking federal employees.  Far too many of you still think you are immune to allegations of wrongdoing, regardless of how many times we reinforce the need to have professional liability insurance. Unfortunately, ignorance is expensive.

As probation and pretrial officers, you are vulnerable to investigations and/or civil law suits as a result of actions and decisions made in the course and scope of your employment.  If an allegation is made against you, the challenge is having knowledgeable and effective counsel advocating on your behalf.  Your agency attorney is not your attorney.  It is the job of the agency attorney to defend the agency – not you.  You need to have counsel that has specific experience representing federal law enforcement officers.

Coverage is available for $290 annually.  Probation officers are eligible for agency reimbursement up to half the cost for a premium of $145 annually.  All employees are eligible for agency reimbursement regardless of reimbursement eligibility.  All policies are not the same – FPPOA recommends FEDS due to coverage, cost and customer service.  Don’t forget your $10 FPPOA discount.  Tell the FEDS representative or enter the discount code FPPOA when prompted. The discount code is case sensitive.

Enrollment takes less than 5 minutesCall 866.955.FEDS Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm ET or enroll on-line anytime at  

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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.