Introduce Legislation to Protect Federal Law Enforcement Officers' Retirement Benefits .....) reintroduced the Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act, legislation that would ensure all federal law enforcement officers receive the retirement benefits they deserve for their service.
PoliticalNews.me - Feb 25,2017 - Portman, Booker Introduce Legislation to Protect Federal Law Enforcement Officers' Retirement Benefits
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) reintroduced the Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act, legislation that would ensure all federal law enforcement officers receive the retirement benefits they deserve for their service. Due to the level of training required and greater danger present in their profession, Congress determined that people in federal law enforcement positions should receive higher salaries and enhanced retirement benefits compared to other federal employees. However, certain federal law enforcement officers are not eligible for enhanced benefits even though they perform the same tasks as other law enforcement officers. This bill would fix this inequity and expand access to federal benefits to more men and women in uniform.
"The men and women who serve, protect, and put their lives on the line for us day in and day out deserve our utmost respect, and they deserve the benefits they have earned," Portman said. "Unfortunately right now, some federal law enforcement officers are not receiving the benefits that they deserve. It's a disservice to them and it discourages young people from stepping up to serve. This bipartisan legislation would fix that wrong for good."
“Our brave federal law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect our important national institutions and our communities; however, too many of these officers still do not receive the retirement benefits they deserve.” Booker said. “We must ensure all federal law enforcement officers receive fair compensation for their service and for their devotion to protecting public safety. We are re-introducing this bill because it is time to right this wrong, and honor our obligation to those who protect us."
Nearly 30,000 federal law enforcement officers classified as GS-0083 police officers do not receive enhanced retirement benefits under the United States Code even though they have similar responsibilities and face similar risks as officers who do. This categorization includes certain officers who work for federal agencies like the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Mint, National Institute of Health and many more.
Correcting this error is not only dictated by fairness, but it is a matter of public safety because the value of recruiting and retaining experienced and highly trained law enforcement officers is immeasurable.
Specifically, the Law Enforcement Equity Act:
Provides our brave federal officers with 6(c) retirement benefits and the ability to retire after 20 years of service at the age of 50, or after 25 years of service at any age.
Allows incumbent law enforcement officers federal service after the enactment of this Act to be considered service performed as a law enforcement officer for retirement purposes.
Requires these incumbent law enforcement officers past service to be treated as service performed as a law enforcement officer for retirement purposes only if a written election is submitted to the Office of Personnel Management within five years after the enactment of this Act or before separation