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Bill to Enhance Retirement Benefits for Federal LEOs Introduced

May 26, 2016  | 

Legislation introduced last week would ensure all federal law enforcement officers receive enhanced retirement benefits, reports

Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) introduced the Law Enforcement Officers' Equity Act (S. 2946).

According to the senators, certain federal law enforcement officers are not eligible for enhanced benefits even though they perform the same tasks as other law enforcement officers – an imbalance the legislation is designed to rectify.

Nearly 30,000 federal law enforcement officers classified as GS-0083 police officers, including those serving at the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Mint, National Institutes of Health (NIH) do not currently qualify for enhanced retirement benefits.

The legislation has received the support of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) and the Postal Police Officers Association.

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kevcopAz @ 5/26/2016 9:19 PM

Before we sign on to this, what does "enhanced benefits" mean anyway? The organizations that you listed all have a stake in the outcome and frankly would support anything and everything that would get their folks more stuff, regardless of if its a good idea, fair or cost the tax payers more. You know what I say is true.

federalcop @ 5/27/2016 4:56 AM

Enhanced retirement has officers pay 1.7% of their salary into retirement and returns 1.7% per year of service after 20 years. So at 20 years, the officer would collect 34% of the average of their high three years of salary. Regular retirement requires 1% and returns 1% per year after 30 years.

Lost in AZ @ 6/2/2016 11:50 PM

Federlcop is on the right page, but my agency is up-ing it to high five years salary and dropping the LEO retirement to 25%. Then again, we are only partially 6c covered. I'm LEO as long as I stay with my agency. I lose my seniority if I transfer to, say, the capital police or change from an officer to an agent. And it isn't retro-active. I have to stay an extra 6 years (26 years) to get the benefit, because I served 6 years before the law was passed for us. And because I'm over 37, I can't transfer to most agencies because I'm not fully covered by the act.

So I hope if they do this, they do it right. It actually only really helps the new hires.

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