AFSA promotes fraternal relationships via local chapter meetings throughout the US and at our annual conventions. We sponsor the biennial Special Agent of the Year Award to recognize an active duty special agent for outstanding performance. AFSA now offers a college scholarship to descendants of members. AFSA also provides a death benefit to assist the survivors of AFSA members who die in the line of duty as special agents. Details of all AFSA Benefits are:
Annually delivered to members in hardcopy format. Also available through the members section of this web site. This provides valuable information on all members and identifies those members who are interested in continuing investigative work and highlights their qualifications and skills.
Quarterly delivered to members in hardcopy format, the majority of which is also available throught the members section of this web site. This has topics of interest such as profiles on retirees' employment ventures; honors and recognition bestowed on our members; information on retirement benefits; updates on CI current issues which includes a message from the AC (CI); and, information about employment opportunities.
AFSA provides a source of liability insurance from a company that specializes in insuring investigators. Members can contact the Yergey Insurance Agency, Inc., 10550 Linden Lake Plaza, Suite 100, Manassas, VA 20109, telephone 800/683-1226. Yergey has established similar insurance programs for other retiree law enforcement orgainzations. The AFSA Executive Director can also provide information on Yergey's insurance program.
Benefit for Death in the Line of Duty
The amount of $1,000 may be paid in a lump sum to the survivors of a qualifying deceased special agent, who is an AFSA member, whose death was the result of a traumatic injury sustained in the line of duty. Financial assistance from the Association is intended to help bridge the gap when funds of survivors may be limited upon the sudden termination of the agent's paycheck until such time as other benefits may be available. Funds will normally be made available to surviving spouses and/or children of the deceased special agent.
When a special agent's death occurs in the line of duty, IRS/CID will notify the AFSA Executive Director and determine whether that agent was a member of AFSA. When identified as a member, IRS/CID will notify the agent's spouse or other survivors of the AFSA death benefit program. When such notice is given to the survivors, AFSA will be advised by IRS/CID and will be furnished with the names, addresses, and phone numbers of survivors. AFSA will also be given the name, location, and phone number of the deceased agent's supervisor. If the Executive Director is unavailable, information from IRS/CID may be given to AFSA's President or Vice President. Thereafter, future contacts with the survivors about the benefit will be made by AFSA respesentatives. The deceased agent's supervisor shall be contacted by the Executive Director (or other representative) of AFSA to get information about the circumstances of the agent's death to determine whether the benefit applies. The AFSA respresentative shall make a quick decision about the application of any exclusions outlined in the AFSA policy statement. If the death is considered to be qualifying, the AFSA Executive Director (or other officer) shall authorize payment of the benefit to the appropriate survivor(s) and notify the AFSA Treasurer to issue the benefit check.
AFSA/IRS holds an annual convention, typically in the fall (September or October). See the convention section for more information on this annual gathering of AFSA members. Typical events include a continuing education seminar, items of general interest to all retirees, and activities for social interaction.
AFSA offers a $2,000 college scholarship for children and grand children of AFSA members. Procedures and the application form can be found here.