Washington Watch: Legislative Update

… For the Week of 21 February 2011 …
 

I.          Legislative News and Activity  
II.       This Week in Congress
III.      Update on FOP Top Legislative Priorities
VI.        FOP NEWS: National Legislative Office is now on Facebook!

I.      LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY
Executive Director Jim Pasco met with Kevin O’Connor, Assistant to the General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) to discuss the nationwide collective bargaining issues.
 
Executive Director Jim Pasco met with Rich Michalski, Executive Vice President of the International Association of Machinist, to discuss the nationwide collective bargaining issues.
 
Executive Director Jim Pasco met with Gordon Hedell, Department of Defense (DOD) Inspector General, about discussions on conceal carry issues.
 
Executive Director Jim Pasco discussed security issues with Mark Sullivan, Director of the United States Secret Service.
 
Executive Director Jim Pasco attended a retirement function for FOP member Bob Finan who was Associate Director of the United States Marshals Service.
 
Executive Director Jim Pasco had numerous interviews with print, radio and television reporters on the nationwide collective bargaining crisis.
 
Executive Director Jim Pasco met with representatives of the United States Customs and Border Protection about issues of mutual concern.
 
Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson met with senior staff in the office of Senator James H. Webb, Jr. (D-VA) and other organizations to discuss strategies for moving forward with S. 306, the “National Criminal Justice Commission Act.”

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson represented the FOP at the first quarterly meeting of the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST).

Senior Legislation Liaison Richardson and Legislation Liaison Breanna Bock-Nielsen participated in a briefing for Senate Appropriations and Judiciary Committee staffers to discuss the FOP’s strong support for the work of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) in the U.S. Department of Justice.  The FOP participated in this briefing with several other major law enforcement organizations to call for funding the COPS Office, in particular its hiring program, at $600 for FY2012, as proposed in the Administration budget. 

Senior Legislation Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Bock-Nielsen attended a meeting hosted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) of law enforcement organizations as well as State and local government groups to discuss strategies to preserve Federal funding for the COPS hiring program and the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne-JAG) programs.

Legislative Liaison Jessica Caswell represented the FOP at the National Committee on Community Corrections forum. Jim Burch, Acting Director Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), gave a presentation on the Department of Justice (DOJ) ‘s New Justice Reinvestment Initiative that would allow data collection and research for more efficient, effective and cost saving measures that can be implemented in correction systems.

Legislative Liaison Bock-Nielsen attended a House briefing on state and local pension issues. The briefing gave House staffers an opportunity to learn about the realities of State and local pensions, ask questions from experts in the field, and collect background information to take back to their Member of Congress.

II.  THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
Both the House and Senate were in recess and are set to reconvene 28 February 2011.

 
III.  UPDATE ON FOP TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
For the complete list of cosponsors for all of our top legislative priorities, or to find out if your Representative and Senators are cosponsors of specific bills, check out http://thomas.loc.gov .
 
With Congress out of session, no changes to the status of our top priorities were possible.

IV.     FOP NEWS: National Legislative Office is now on Facebook!
Because our grassroots are so important to our efforts on Capitol Hill, we have created a National Legislative Office Facebook page to keep our members informed.

Take a moment now to join our Facebook page to stay current with the latest information from Washington, D.C.  Please feel free to join in any of our discussions and don’t forget to invite all your FOP brothers and sisters to join!

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