Today, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) released its response denouncing Congressman Westerman's bill that would change a federal law enforcement officer's pension to a "high‐five" year calculation. Currently, the pension is calculated on the average of an employee's highest three salary years.
"Congressman Westerman's unwarranted attack on the pay of federal law enforcement officers is nothing more than a pathetic prescribed placebo intended to solve economic problems we didn't create," declared FLEOA President Jon Adler. "How can the Congressman look the Border Patrol Agents in his state in the eye, and explain to them that he is honoring their dedication and sacrifice by reducing their pension? How does he do the same with agents from the FBI, ICE, USMS, DEA, USSS and others from 65 different federal agencies?" asked Adler.
After releasing his bill, Congressman Westerman issued the following statement: “The bill ensures that the program employees of the federal government have paid into for their careers is available in retirement and sustainable for future generations.”
FLEOA maintains if Congress does its job and does not over‐extend taxpayer dollars in foreign aid, then there should be no concern regarding pay for future generations of federal law enforcement officers.
"How can Congressman Westerman tacitly support the billions of American taxpayer dollars being squandered on rebel groups that ultimately turn on us, and then justify attacking the pay of the brave men and women who protect our homeland?" asked Adler. "It is both un‐American and a declaration of skewed priorities for any elected official to seek to remedy Congress' spending problem by attacking federal officers' pay."
The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (www.fleoa.org) is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association that exclusively represents over 26,000 active and retired federal law enforcement officers from over 65 agencies.