Welcome to the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA). FLEOA is the largest nonpartisan, nonprofit professional association, exclusively representing federal law enforcement officers throughout the United States. FLEOA represents more than 32,000 federal law enforcement officers from over 65 different agencies.
FLEOA was founded in New York City in 1977. It is a volunteer organization created out of necessity by a group of concerned agents from Legacy U.S. Customs, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - Criminal Investigation (CI), Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). FLEOA's primary tenet was, and still is, legal assistance. Representation is only a phone call away. FLEOA also provides a legislative voice for the federal law enforcement community and is frequently called upon to provide testimony at congressional hearings. FLEOA monitors legislative issues that may impact federal law enforcement officers and encourages its membership to contact their elected officials to express their concerns.
FLEOA is a charter member of the DHS Federal Law Enforcement Advisory Board, holds two seats on the Congressional Badge of Bravery Federal Board, serves on the Executive Board of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the National Law Enforcement Steering Committee. FLEOA also sits on the board of the International Council of Police Representative Associations (ICPRA).
Legislatively FLEOA has had many successes in Congress. In the past those successes that passed into law included:
FLEOA's legislative successes have continued in more recent years. In October 2021, the
Protecting America's First Responders Act
was passed into law. This act significantly reforms The Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program at DOJ. Specifically, this legislation would improve the processing of PSOB death, disability, and educational assistance claims, and reform the standards for PSOB disability claims. It included an extension of the COVID-19 presumption for PSOB death and disability benefits. FLEOA assisted in the crafting of legislation which was signed into law by President Biden on November 18, 2021, the Jamie Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Officers and Employees Protection Act
. This bill named after heroic ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agents Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila, who were attacked by a Mexican drug cartel in Mexico in 2011 and responds to a related decision by the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that effectively eliminated the murder conviction for two cartel members responsible for the death of Agent Zapata by finding that 18 U.S.C 1114 does not apply extraterritorially. The Zapata-Avila Act corrects this miscarriage of justice by clarifying that section 1114 does apply to the murder of US law enforcement officers on foreign soil.
Our members possess a mix of talents and experience that enable us to help protect our families and workplaces from a full range of national security threats and major crime problems.
Our strength lies in our camaraderie - the very heart of our association - and in the sharing of that friendship.