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Federal Employee Civil Relief Act


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 17, 2019 WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), the nation’s largest non-partisan, not-for-profit professional association representing more than 27,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents across 65 federal agencies, today released a statement in support of the Federal Employee Civil Relief Act. 

"Representative Derek Kilmer’s Federal Employee Civil Relief Act could not be coming forward at a better time. Right now, thousands of law enforcement professionals are continuing to do their duty to protect and serve the American people with fewer resources, less support, and no pay. Despite the guarantee of back pay, many essential law enforcement officers and agents are still worrying about how they can afford their expenses now. 

"The legislation put forward by Rep. Kilmer (D-WA 6thDistrict) provides necessary relief by prohibiting landlords and creditors from taking action against federal employees who have been affected by the government shutdown and, therefore, are unable to make rent, car, or other loan payments. According to a brief obtained by FLEOA, the Federal Employee Civil Relief Act protects employees from eviction or foreclosure; having a car or property repossessed; falling behind on student loan payments; falling behind on bill payments; and/or losing health or life insurance coverage because of missed premium payments. This protection would last the duration of the shutdown plus an additional thirty days following its resolution. 

"As every law enforcement official knows, focus is critical to ensuring the job is done correctly and securely while on duty. Federal law enforcement officers concerned about their and their families’ financial welfare are forced to jeopardize their safety with this distraction every day. We applaud Rep. Kilmer for introducing this legislation which will protect our members and their families.” 

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