Summary: To amend title 5, United States Code, to include certain Federal positions within the definition of law enforcement officer for retirement purposes, and for other purposes. (Cosponsors, Bipartisan)
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig Cosponsored the bill on 11/21/19.
STATUS: Introduced 2/13/19 by Rep. King, Peter T. [R-NY-2].
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- The FOP strongly supports the passage of the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act.” This legislation would expand the definition of “law enforcement officer” for salary and retirement benefits to include all Federal law enforcement officers. It would also save taxpayers’ money and enhance public safety and national security.
Due to their high level of training and the dangerous nature of the profession, Congress rightfully determined that Federal law enforcement officers should receive enhanced salary and retirement benefits compared to other Federal employees. However, Federal law enforcement officers classified as GS-0083 police officers were not initially covered. Over time, Congress has partially corrected this injustice by granting GS-0083 officers in some agencies law enforcement officer (LEO) status for salary and retirement benefits, but today nearly 30,000 of these dedicated Federal law enforcement officers do not receive these benefits. Congress has even granted LEO status to Air Traffic Controllers and many employees of the Bureau of Prisons (such as cooks), whose primary duties are not law enforcement-related. (Source: Fraternal Order of Police)
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