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Common Sense in Compensation Act

FLEOA Speaks Out Against "Common Sense in Compensation Act"

Dear Chairman Issa and Ranking Member Cummings:

As the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) National Vice President for Legislative Affairs, I am expressing the strong opposition of FLEOAs membership, which numbers in excess of 26,000 members, for H.R. 1541, the "Common Sense in Compensation Act." Not only would H.R. 1541 prevent the federal government from paying, for the remainder of FY 2013, recruitment/relocation bonuses, retention bonuses, performance based step increases, or incentive awards, this bill would prevent these payments from also being made in FY 14 and 15 to the extent it causes an employee's salary to be 105% of their basic pay.

Federal law enforcement is an occupation that is absolutely unique in the ranks of the federal government, and the federal law enforcement officer has no counterpart in the private sector. Indeed, no other employee in the federal service is routinely asked to put their lives on the line to protect our nation from terrorists and criminals. It is one of the most stressful, most dangerous, and most rewarding careers for those who meet the rigorous requirements of the job. It is in recognition of these facts that Congress established distinct pay and benefits systems for federal law enforcement positions.

Unfortunately, in both the 112th and 113th Congresses these same pay and benefit systems have been under attack. In the past two years, there have been numerous legislative attempts to reduce or eliminate the pay and benefits that federal law enforcement officers have earned and are entitled to by virtue of their service to the United States. These proposals have largely been put forward as part of the effort to address the negative and continuing effects of sequestration. In developing any long-term solution to our nation's deficit, however, Congress should avoid proposals that focus exclusively on the federal workforce, and that make no distinctions across the federal workforce.

This includes legislating arbitrary pay freezes, recruitment/relocation bonuses, retention bonuses, performance based step increases, or incentive awards. This legislation will not only hinder the current workforce and their ability to perform their duties, completely freeze the promotional process outside of local area of said employee, but also essentially put the recruitment of any aspiring Federal Law Enforcement Officer to a standstill.

Put simply, these policies do not work in the context of federal law enforcement and do a disservice to the brave men and women who are asked to put their lives on the line to protect us from terrorists and criminals. FLEOA vigorously opposes any legislative attempt to strip federal law enforcement officers of their rights to due process, diminish the ability of agencies to continue to recruit and retain the highest caliber law enforcement personnel, or otherwise negatively impact the mission of federal law enforcement.

On behalf of the membership of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, we will continue to stringently oppose any actions by Congress that lessens the ability of our Citizenship to remain safe and secure and jeopardizes the ability of Federal Law Enforcement Officers to continue to perform their sworn duties to protect them. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further discussion on this important issue.

Respectfully,
Frank Terreri
Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA)
National Vice President for Legislative Affairs
FTERRERI@FLEOA.ORG