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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,
https://www.irs.gov/individuals/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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Rhode Island: U.S. Probation Officer

Announcement Number: 18-01
Court: U.S. Probation Office - District of Rhode Island
City, State: Providence, RI
Court Website: http://www.rip.uscourts.gov
Permanent Position: Permanent
Job Grade: CL 24-28
Minimum Salary: $43,867
Maximum Salary: $105,400
Closing Date: 03/02/2018

Download Job Details PDF: RI_Probation_USPO_1801.pdf

Position
U.S. Probation Officer
Location
Providence, RI
Date opened
Closing date

Alabama: U.S. Probation Officer

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

Position
U.S. Probation Officer
Location
Birmingham, AL and Huntsville, AL
Date opened
Closing date

Rhode Island: Supervising United States Probation Officer

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

Position
Supervising United States Probation Officer
Location
Providence, RI
Date opened
Closing date

FEDS: Ignorance is Expensive News

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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 www.fedsprotection.com.  

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FCCA Leadership Lessons of Antietam News

The Federal Court Clerks Association is pleased to announce that we have opened registration for our 3rd annual Antietam Training opportunity for all Court Unit Executives and Chief Deputies entitled “Leadership Lessons of Antietam, A Leadership Workshop for Court Teams.”  The FCCA is sponsoring a two-and-a-half-day leadership workshop that will be held June 4th through June 7th in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  Please open the attachments for more information, including information on how to register.

(See attached file: Antietam 2018.pdf)
(See attached file: Antietam Letter 2018.pdf)

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Investigators cope with viewing child pornography for work News

CLEVELAND (AP) — Canton police detective Bryan Allen watched a video on his computer that disturbed him so much that he left work and went home to process what he saw.

Allen is 22-year veteran of law enforcement and a member of the Cleveland FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force and the video was of a man raping a boy, no older than two years old. Allen is required to look at these sorts of videos as part of his job, and his job takes its toll.

"Some of them just take it out of you," the 48-year-old detective said.

Allen and the hundreds of other investigators who work child pornography and exploitation cases nationwide must reckon with the short- and long-term psychological impact of repeatedly being exposed to images of helpless children being violated.

Three investigators interviewed by cleveland.com spoke of the taxing nature of the work. All three have to undergo a yearly psychological evaluation to ensure they are still mentally capable of working cases involving child pornography.

click to read the full article at CTPost.com

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Assistance to Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands News

Since the hurricanes swept through Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, FPPOA has received several emails and calls asking if we would be collecting funds to support our offices on those islands. Historically, the Association has voted to not collect funds for such events, and the board has recently decided the same again. The reasons for this include: choosing for which unfortunate disasters or events to have a collection and the uncertain method to distribute money collected.

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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.