[April 17, 2013] 2013 Membership Directory updates
AFSA is in the process of updating the information for our 2013 Membership Directory. Please review your profile on the AFSA website and make any necessary changes or updates. If you encounter any problems or have any questions let me know. MaryRuizAFSA@gmail.com
[April 12, 2013] 2013 Spring Newsletter
The 2013 Spring Newsletter has been uploaded.
Please give us your feedback and let us know how we can improve or if there is anything you would like to see included in the next newsletter.
[March 26, 2013] CONVENTION 2013 (Tentative Agenda)
AFSA-IRS Convention 2013
620 East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
954-467-0671 Fax 954-377-5466
Group rate is offered not only for the convention but three days prior and three days after for anyone interested in visiting Fort Lauderdale.
Reservations must be received by the October 14, 2013. Rooms not secured by the cut-off date will be released and future reservations will be on a space available basis at the prevailing room category rate.
Reservations are to be made by individual call-in. The Group is listed as AFSA in the Riverside Hotel Reservations. Valet Parking $18.00 per day and garage self-parking is $12.00 per day plus 6% sales tax.
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Board Meeting in the evening
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Everglades Bus Trip
Friday, November 8th, 2013
Saturday, November 9th - 16th, 2013
[March 20, 2013] Passing of Retired Special Agent Nicholas Tsotsos
The CI Family in South Florida is mourning the passing of our colleague, friend and mentor, Retired Special Agent Nicholas Tsotsos. Nick retired from the Miami Field Office after a 26 year career with the Internal Revenue Service. After graduating from the University of Denver, Nick started his IRS carrer in the Manhattan office as a Revenue Agent, where he later converted to Special Agent. Nick worked in both the Manhattan and Brooklyn offices of the Intelligence Division, and he spent several years in Strike Force groups investigating organized crime in the New York area. In 1976, Nick transferred to the Miami office, where he assumed a leadership role in Project Haven, a joint IRS-Department of Justice-Tax Division investigation into offshore tax evasion centering around the clients and owners of a Bahamian bank. After his retirement in 1990, Nick worked as a financial advisor to a multi-agency money laundering task force based in Coral Gables, FL. Nick will be remembered for his warmth, his generosity and his integrity. Nick is survived by his widow, Helen, son Peter and daughter Joanne. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Helen Tsotsos, 2932 S.W. 30 CT, Miami, FL 33133. Memorial services (wake) on Thursday, March 21, 5 to 10PM at Caballero-Woodlawn Funeral Home, 11655 S.W. 117 Ave, Miami, FL. Funeral services on Friday, March 22, 1:00PM, at St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 244 S.W. 24 RD (Coral Way), Miami, FL
[March 19, 2013] 3rd Annual AFSA Cruise
November 9, 2013 7-day Southern Caribbean
Cruise Line: Princess Cruises Ship: Crown Princess
Ports of Call: Ft. Lauderdale, Curacao, Aruba, Princess Cays, Ft Lauderdale
Departs: Sat. 11/9/13 Returns: Sat. 11/16/13 Nights: 7
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Join us at our exclusive port of call, Princess Cays, where you'll enjoy a private beach party on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. One hundred miles long and only two miles wide, Eleuthera offers unspoiled beaches. Our private resort at Princess Cays is situated on more than 40 acres and features over a half-mile of white-sand shoreline, all at the southern tip of the island. The resort boasts outstanding amenities while carefully preserving this natural paradise. Take in the views from the observation tower. Enjoy a barbecue. Sip a cool drink or browse the shops and the local craft market. All of Princess Cays' facilities are linked by walkways. Recreational activities abound. Enjoy volleyball and a full range of water sports, or simply relax on the beach.
Historians still contend over which European adventurer first spied the largest island in the former Netherlands Antilles. Some historians claim the honor for Alonzo de Ojeda; other historians champion Amerigo Vespucci. Little does it matter; today's travelers are content to bask beneath sunny skies cooled by the trade winds. Lying some 40 miles off Venezuela, Curaçao boasts a landscape that is dramatic, stark, and volcanic. In contrast, Willemstad, the capital, seems a cozy Dutch haven with its neat row houses. And while those gabled and tiled roofs illustrate the island's heritage, the bright, pastel houses speak pure Caribbean. Islanders themselves reflect this same colorful contrast: over 50 different nationalities have come to call Curaçao their home.
Dutch influence still lingers on this balmy Caribbean Island, part of the former Netherlands Antilles until its independence in 1986. Aruba is a contrast: the island's arid interior is dotted with cactus and windswept divi-divi trees while secluded coves and sandy beaches make up its coast. Aruba's long and colorful heritage is reflected in its dialect. Called Papiamento, it is a tongue that combines elements of Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, African and English. Aruba is famous for gorgeous, palm-tree lined white sandy beaches that are home to calm clear waters, making them perfect locations for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing.
[March 19, 2013] Passing of Ross M. Sutton - Des Moines District Chief CID
Ross M. Sutton, 77, of Urbandale passed away peacefully on March 15, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 18 at Iles Funeral Homes - Westover Chapel. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 19 at Westover Chapel. The burial will be held at a later date in North Carolina.
Ross was born in Armour, N.C. on August 7, 1935 to Lloyd Ross and Pearl Sutton. He received his Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and was a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Ross served with the U.S. Army during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He worked for the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the IRS for over 30 years, retiring in 1990 as the Chief of the CID in Des Moines.
Ross is survived by his loving wife, Mona F. Sutton of Urbandale; two sons, Ross II (Sara) Sutton of Merritt Island, FL and Julian (Renee') Sutton of Bettendorf; one sister, Edith (Larry) Waddell of Riegelwood, NC; grandchildren, Emily, Evan and Tre'; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Ross was an Elder at Connections Christian Church in Clive. Memorial contributions are being directed to Connections Christian Church, The National Parkinson's Foundation, American Heart Association or The American Cancer Society.
Mary Morlan Retired IRS/CI (CIS) - the former Des Moines District Chief CID, Ross Sutton passed away. He was the Chief in Des Moines (Iowa) from 1977-1990. If there was anyone who was almost perfect, that would be a description of Ross Sutton. Ross believed in upward mobility and promoting his staff, especially woman. Ross Sutton expected his employees to work hard, but he always had the employees interest at heart.
Ross had been employed by IRS for 30 years. He loved the job and did not want to retire at the mandatory age (at the time) of 55.
I was one of Ross's success stories. He hired me as a TFIA in 1981. I took college accounting and business courses to become a special agent. He encouraged me during this time. I was hired as a special agent in 1986. I subsequently was able to retire in 2006 after 20 years of being a special agent (total 30 years of IRS service). Ross retired in 1990. Even though he had been retired for 16 years, he attended my retirement celebration. Ross attended his employees' retirement celebrationsduring the time he was Chief and even after he retired.
His wife, Mona, also was employed by IRS. She was employed by Appeals. Mona retired in 1999.
[January 13, 2013] Passing of Charles M. Accardi
Charles M. Accardi, 94 years, Vet U.S.A.F. WWII, of Bethlehem Woods, formerly of Westchester, beloved husband of the late Dorothy, nee Tamrack; dearest father of David and Mary Beth (Chauncey) Niziol and father-in-law of Sharon; loving grandfather of Julie (Keith) Barton, Joseph (Lisa), Sarah (Rob) Hall, Therese (Aaron) Gach, Jacqueline and great-grandfather of Matthew, Mia, Charles, Michael, Thomas, Chase, Aiden, John, and Mila; fond brother of Frank (JoAnn), the late Ben (the late Josephine), Antoinette (the late Frank) Bisceglie, Jasper, Anthony and Anthony (the late Flemmie) and favorite caregiver Cheryl Johnson and one favorite cousin in law Clarice Olson. Retired special agent for the IRS, 4th Degree member of the Assumption Counsel #3671 KC and former Financial Secretary, Hillside American Legion Post, Honored by The Westchester Chamber of Commerce, person of the year. Resting at Conboy-Westchester Funeral Home, 10501 Cermak Rd., (2 BLKS. W. of Mannheim Rd.) Wednesday, 3 to 9 p.m. Resting at Bethlehem Woods, 1571 Ogden Ave., LaGrange Park 9 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian burial 10 a.m. Interment Queen of Heaven. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Congregation of St. Joseph appreciated. Michael J. Bruno Funeral Director, 708-203-5400.
Published in Chicago Tribune on January 13, 2013
[December 12, 2012] Fall Newsletter
The Fall Newsletter is now on the website in the Members' Section
[October 17, 2012] Federal Retirees to get 1.7% COLA in 2013
See article: http://cdn.govexec.com/interstitial.html?rf=http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/federal-retirees-will-get-17-percent-cola-next-year/58796/
[October 02, 2012] Buy 12, get up to 3 free Time Again for New Members
If you apply and are accepted as a member between now and December 31, your dues paid now, will cover you through the end of 2013, if and only if you are a new member. This does not apply to reinstated members or members who resigned and reapply.
[September 21, 2012] New Executive Director Selected
President José I. Marrero and 1st Vice President Mary Fran Martin are very pleased to announce the selection of Mary Ruiz, with the concurrence of the Board of Directors, as the next Executive Director of AFSA-IRS. AFSA was extremely pleased and appreciative to have two candidates who applied for the job of AFSA Executive Director. They both had outstanding qualities.
Mary worked most of her career in TX (primarily San Antonio area, along with South Florida, Washington DC (International), having 26 years experience with IRS. She retired in 2008 out of El Paso. During her career, she has been an instructor for firearms, Spanish for LEOs, Money Laundering, Asset Forfeiture and Undercover Ops. She has been a District Director's Representative, a Public Information Officer, a Supervisory Special Agent and was an acting Attaché for the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. In addition she was the assistant director of Internal audit for the Northside Independent School District and developed a Handbook of Operating Procedures for them as a major duty, and provided guidance, training , technical assistance and oversight. Mary was also Manager of the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) where she was liaison between Homeland Security and the 76 jurisdictions of AACOG.
Mary is bilingual. In addition to being a member of AFSA for 6 years, she is an active member of FLEOA, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and was a member of HIRE when employed by the IRS, as well as other organizations. She is the recipient of numerous occupational awards during her career. She comes with a strong background of people skills, organizational skills and computer skills. She is also a golfer.
She is excited about working for AFSA, and will begin training soon, and will take the position over by the end of the year. She is planning on attending the AFSA Convention, so please introduce yourself, congratulate her and welcome her to the position and offer her every courtesy you have given this current executive director.
[August 24, 2012] Schedule change - Las Vegas Convention - Pistol Competition
There will be no Pistol Tournament on Monday October 15. The event was cancelled due to lack of coach/interest.
[July 18, 2012] Registration Discounts Expire in 13 days for Las Vegas Convention
Register now, links to the form to register for the Convention are on the web, in the newsletter. This is a $20 discount per person if you register before and send the money to Ron Line before August 1. Time is running out on this discount.
[July 18, 2012] Registration Discounts Expire in 13 days for Las Vegas Convention
Register now, links to the form to register for the Convention are on the web, in the newsletter. This is a $20 discount per person if you register before and send the money to Ron Line before August 1. Time is running out on this discount.
[July 08, 2012] Passing of Member - Kevin Craddock
CRADDOCK - Kevin P. of Clifton, VA, formerly of LI, NY on June 5, 2012. after a 3 year battle with cancer. Beloved husband of 41 years of Kathleen (Huether). Loving father to Christopher (Stephanie), Sean (Christine) and Karen Spicer (Christian). Adoring "Papa" to Christian, Cole and James. Cherished brother of Kathleen, Maureen and Michael and many nieces and nephews. Brother Knight of Council #10947 in Clifton, VA. Relatives and friends may call Fairfax Memorial Park, Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA, Friday, June 8 2-4 and 6-8 pm and Mass of a Christian Burial at St. Andrews the Apostle Catholic Church, Clifton, VA, on Saturday, June 9 at 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to Wounded Warrior Project or AAA Women for Choice, Manassas, VA.
Published in Newsday on June 8, 2012
[July 02, 2012] AFSA is Seeking Applicants for Executive Director
The current executive director has submitted his resignation effective 12/31/2012. AFSA is now seeking qualified candidates to fill this position Expiration of the announcement is 8/17/2012. See the Job Postings for more information.
[June 27, 2012] 2012 AFSA Scholarship Awardees Announced
2012 Scholarship Program Awardees selected by Board- More information will be posted in the newsletter, but, the Board of Directors selected the following individuals for the Frank L. Smith Scholarship - Lisa M. Demaine of Epping, NH, granddaughter of member of William Frugoli; Ian Gallagher of Hicksville, NY, son of member John J. Gallagher; Noelle Steele of Laguna Niguel, granddaughter of member Peter Crowley, Jr.; Kate Nagel of Wirtz, VA, niece of Fred Meyers, Jr.; and Amanda Webb of Midlothian, VA, granddaughter of Arthur Selby.
In addition, the Board awarded the inaugural James F. Howe Sr. Scholarship to Julia Zehme of Lansing, IL, daughter of member Richard Zehme. Congratulations to all awardees. The BOD was pleased with the quality of all candidates and thanks them all for applying. The Board also thanks the Committee for its concientious job in evaluating all applications. The awards are for $2,000 each.
[June 06, 2012] Been Hacked? You may lose access to the internet on July 9th
They're calling it "Doomsday" and, for some, it will be on July 9, when hundreds of thousands of victims face the possibility of being unable to connect to the Internet.
Ironically, that's because of a decision by the FBI to switch off a special program that has been keeping more than half a million infected PCs online since last year.
Victims likely don't know their machine has been infected and, if they don't check, come July 9 the Internet will just plain disappear for them.
Their computers are infected with a piece of malware known as "DNSChanger" that connected them to servers running a now-defunct online advertising scam.
These servers were in turn connected to the Internet, so victims wouldn't necessarily realize what happened, apart from their PCs maybe slowing down a little.
The malware also disabled virus-checker updates so even people who had Internet security software couldn't detect it.
Then, when users tried to access certain websites or run a search, they were directed to bogus web pages full of ads, which netted the crooks an estimated $14 million.
We don't need to go into the technical details of how this was done, but when police seized the scammers' computers they were left with a problem -- those half million victims were now
reliant on them to connect to the Internet.
So the FBI replaced them with "clean" machines that would keep the Internet link open -- without the scam running.
Victim computers, of course, still have the virus but without anything nasty happening.
But when the FBI switches off its servers, those machines will lose their online connection and won't know where to find the Internet!
Are you one of the victims?
Fortunately, there's a relatively easy way to check and to put things right thanks to a website that can detect infected machines and provide instructions on how to set things right again.
Simply go to http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=CKbDG&m=JKfg1H6IgGtWfo&b=PQ57aTASMJIwjuuvKXGVxw -- and you will either get a green (for "clear") or red (for "infected") page.
The check does not download any software onto your PC. Nor does it run a scan. It just checks where your computer is looking for the Internet.
If you're in the clear, that's all you need do.
If it says your computer is infected, then you need to do a complete scan of your computer using malware. Windows provides it, various software security programs provide it, and free versions are available if you look around.
[May 26, 2012] Cyber attack against TSP contractor exposes thousands of accounts
Friday - 5/25/2012, 1:10pm ET
A sophisticated cyber attack against the Thrift Savings Plan contractor responsible for maintaining the agency's data centers compromised the information of 123,000 TSP participants.
Of the compromised accounts, about 43,000 had personal information, such as names, Social Security numbers and bank-account numbers exposed. Another 80,000 compromised accounts had only Social Security numbers and other TSP-related information exposed.
However, there is no indication the data has been misused, according to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. There is also no evidence the TSP's network or its website was affected.
Serco, Inc., a Reston, Va.-based IT firm, operates the board's data centers and maintains the TSP record-keeping system. The FBI uncovered the breach and informed the TSP board in April.
"We sincerely regret that this event occurred ... We are working with Serco and other security experts to ensure that TSP data is protected and secure," said Greg Long, director of the FRTIB.
Painstaking process to identify account-holders
The board will mail letters to affected participants beginning today.
Despite being informed of the attack in April, it took five weeks for the board to identify all of the affected account-holders.
"The data we got was in numerous files and was not in a usable format," said Kim Weaver, TSP's director of external relations, in an email to Federal News Radio. "Some files were simply strings of numbers, which we had to untangle" to determine what personally identifiable information had been exposed, she added. Finally, the information was checked against the TSP database to pinpoint a match.
"We have announced the breach as quickly as we were able," Weaver said.
Once Serco was informed of the attack, the company shut down the compromised computer and both the company and the FRTIB launched a task force to review computer security procedures.
The board has also established a call center to provide credit monitoring and will flag all affected TSP accounts to make sure future account activity "receives heightened scrutiny," according to the board's release.
[May 25, 2012] Member Dave Robinson passes away
We learned from HQ's Cheryl Hayes that the likeable David F. Robinson passed away on the 21st of May. Dave had been a long time primary care giver for his mother, Jean, who survives him as well as his brother Chris and his family, and several other relatives and his companion, Susan Watson. Dave had pulmonary problems for at least 15 years. He will be remembered as a real nice person, always smiling, conscientious worker who also cared deeply about taking care of his mother. He easliy befriended people and was extremely well-liked.
Dave was a long time Bailey's Crossroads employee, starting in CI in 1977 and retiring in 2004 as a Senior Analyst. He worked at FinCEN at the end of his career for a number of years.
Viewing will be held on Saturday, May 26th at Money and King Funeral home, 171 Maple Ave, Vienna, from 10-11.
The funeral will be on Saturday, May 26th at Noon at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 2455 Gallows Rd, Dunn Loring, VA. See obit: http://www.moneyandking.com/_mgxroot/page_10780.php?task=Current&listing=All
[May 17, 2012] Chief Weber Makes Executive Appointments
I wanted to personally thank Rick Raven for his tremendous leadership of CI during the months that he served as Acting Chief and for the time he served as our Deputy Chief. I fully support Rick’s request to go back to the field as the SAC of the Washington DC FO. I have worked closely with Rick for many years and will miss having him in the office next door. I am very happy that he will continue to play a key role on my team and look forward to working closely with him as a key executive SAC. Deputy Commissioner Steven Miller just issued an announcement appointing Patty Haynes as the Acting Deputy Chief, and below is my announcement appointing Chuck Pine as the permanent Director of Field Operations, Eastern Area, and Rebecca Sparkman as the Director, Operations Policy & Support. At this time I am not backfilling Patty’s vacancy as the Executive Director, Investigative and Enforcement Operations. I will continue to keep you posted as I announce vacancies to backfill into positions vacated by these key executives. Please join me in congratulating Rick, Patty, Chuck, and Rebecca on their new assignments. (Note: Patty Haynes' daughter, Carolyn, was an AFSA Scholarshp awardee last year)
[May 16, 2012] AFSA Oldest Member, Charles Hill Passes Away
AFSA learned today that our oldest member passed away on May 5 as a result of injuries sustained from a fall at his home Charles retired as a group manager in the
|Charles H. Knight 8/25/10 - 5/5/2012
Washington DC POD in May 1971, and began there in February 1945. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy, also a former IRS employee and a former Miss IRS! His daughter Charisse Ricci also survives him and two grandchildren. Charles knew he retire in FL, and while still working, would vacation summers in various FL locales, finally picking Lake Mary as the place to retire. He loved the outdoors and Florida. After retirement, he worked several different jobs, completely unrelated to investigations. He was a Shriner, a charter member of and active member of his church, Sanlando United Methodist Church. In his younger days he played tennis and swam. He was very proud of his service with IRS-CID and proudly carried his retirement badge with him constantly. He was in very good health until his fall, walked a lot, had always driven a Cadillac and according to Dorothy, "pretty much lived the life of Riley" but was active in his daughter's and his grand son, Cameron's and granddaughter Alex's lives. Travelling with them, including trips to Disney. Charles was an avid fan of the Washington Redskins and the Atlanta Braves his entire life. His daughter said he was a good man and there are many good memories of him. Thanks to Dorothy and Charisse for sharing memories of him with us. Condolences may be sent to the family care of Dorothy Knight at 1021 Royal Gardens Circle, apt. 310, Lake Mary, FL 32746
[May 16, 2012] Social Security Link added to Federal Retiree Section of lInks
Get Your Social Security Statement Online
Social Security Statements are now available online. The online Statement also provides estimates for disability and survivors benefits, making the Statement an important financial planning tool. Everyone should get in the habit of checking their online Statement each year, around their birthday, for example.”
In addition to helping with financial planning, the online Statement also provides workers a convenient way to determine whether their earnings are accurately posted to their Social Security records. This feature is important because Social Security benefits are based on average earnings over a person’s lifetime. If the earnings information is not accurate, the person may not receive all the benefits to which he or she is entitled. The online Statement also provides the opportunity to save or print the personalized Statement for financial planning discussions with family or a financial planner.
Retirement Readiness NOW is not just about saving money and not just something you do just before retiring. Money is very important, but that’s not all. There’s a lot more to planning for your future than putting aside income out of each paycheck for retirement.
[April 30, 2012] Proposed amendment to the By-laws regarding non-payment of dues or assessments
Proposed amendment to the By-laws regarding the Non-payment of Dues or Assessments
At the 2012 Spring Teleconference Board of Directors meeting, the Board of Directors approved a motion to amend the AFSA By-Laws regarding the by-laws pertaining to Article II., Section 5(b) Non-payment of Dues or Assessments. Under current provisions, members are terminated by the Board after being delinquent 90 days in dues and with a 30 day notice of such intention to terminate delivered by mail. At the Spring 2012 Meeting, the Board recommended that the current provision be revised to require that the procedure be shortened to 60 days from 90, that notice may be delivered by to the last known email address of the member. Procedures are also clarified as to new members, who are required to pay with application, but are given a 30 day grace period before being dropped. In addition, delegations are spelled out to avoid the necessity of a Board Meeting to handle the suspensions/terminations. Suspensions are added to address the procedure thus allowing for the non-payment of dues to merely require payment of dues, rather than reapplying for membership. Multiple suspensions for nonpayment may result in termination. 100% of the Board of Directors approved such a recommendation. Thus, at the 2012 Annual Meeting, the members in attendance will need to ratify this proposed amendment to the AFSA By-Laws. The proposed new provision, Article II – Membership, Section 5 (b) will read:
“Nonpayment of Dues or Assessments. Failure to pay timely any dues or assessments as provided by
ARTICLE VIII of these By-Laws shall be reason for termination or suspension of a membership in the Association by the Board of Directors, or the Board’s designee, the Executive Director. No membership shall be terminated or suspended for this reason (1) unless such dues or assessments are delinquent for a period of 60 days and (2) after 30 days written notice of such proposed action by mail (electronic or written), to such member at his/her last known mailing or email address shown on the records of the Association. Notice may be accomplished by email to the last email address of the member, or if no email address is on record, by written notice delivered by regular U.S. Mail to the address in the member’s profile. This may include such notice being included on a second/final dues notice. If payment is not made within the grace period, membership is automatically terminated or suspended. The Board of Directors or its designees (Executive Director or Treasurer) may reinstate such member once payment of said dues has been received. In the case of new members, a new member applicant is to submit their dues upon application. The Association may allow a grace period and include a dues notice in the welcome packet. If the dues for a new member are not paid within 30 days of being accepted as a member, that member may be terminated or suspended without further action by the Board or its designee. The Board of Directors may waive dues or assessments owed by a member in hardship cases.”
[April 07, 2012] Former Member John C. Price passed away April 7
John, retired in 1980 as a senior analyst from the MWRegional Office. He started as an agent in 1960 as an agent, and later group manager in the Chicago District. John's notice: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?pid=156911162 John lived in Tinley Park, IL. He died after complications from a stroke he suffered a few weeks ago. John was an avid chess player and was known for his quick wit and great sense of humor. Thanks to Vince Weltz for passing this on to us. John is survived by his wife, Suzanne, and daughter Nancy. Condolences may be sent to the family at 17312 Avon Lane, Tinley Park, IL.
[April 05, 2012] Passing of Member Rudy Deutsch
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Rudolph (Rudy) A. Deutsch Age 87, born October 16, 1924 in Bronx, NYC to Arthur and Wilhelmina (Socha) Deutsch died at home in Tucson on March 18, 2012. Rudy joined the Army
on March 4, 1941 at age 16 and was discharged on July 20, 1945. He was assigned to the 34th Infantry Regiment and served in the Pacific Theatre, East Indies, New Guinea and Southern Philippines during WWII
. He was a graduate of Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, NYC. From 1945 to 1980, he served in various positions in the US Government; first, 15 years with the Department of Defense, then he started his law enforcement career spending twenty years as a Special Agent serving with the Internal Revenue Service from 1960- 1980 in the Manhattan District, and Federal Drug Administration. He was Resident Agent in Charge for the Bureau of Drug Abuse Control in Buffalo, NY. Served FLEOA, (Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association) since its inception as Executive Director, Director of Finance and Budget and was honored as Executive Board Member Emeritus. He was a Life Member and also served as National Treasurer for the US Section of International Police Association. He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Ilse Deutsch and is survived by his wife, Doris Meredith Deutsch; two stepsons, Les and William Meredith; two step-granddaughters and two step-great-granddaughters. At his request, there will be no service. Inurnment is under the direction of EVERGREEN MORTUARY, Tucson, AZ. Donations in his memory, may be made to Casa de la Luz Hospice, 7740 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704
[April 03, 2012] Passing of Member Jay Morell Wendell
From John Hancock
JAY MORELL WENDELL, SR. , 63, was born on December 21, 1948 in Monroe, Louisiana to Adeline Morell and John H. Wendell, Sr. and passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012 in The Woodlands, Texas.
Preceded in death by parents, brother Lt. Colonel, John H. Wendell, Jr. USAF (ret), his mother and father in law and sister in law. Survived by his wife of 43 years, Jean Wendell; son, Jay M. Wendell, Jr. and wife Shannon; son, Josh Wendell and fiancé Tara; grandchildren, Landon (14), Saylor (12), Chapman (8), Kaylee (7), Ashton (6), and Olivia (3). Jay had been a senior special agent and a group manager in Houston before leaving IRS.
He attended Texas A&M '70 & '08, was in the Corps of Cadets Squadron 1 ("Hustlin 1"), graduated from University of Houston. He proudly obtained his MBA from Texas A&M at the age of 60. He was a Lt. USAF, Special Agent U. S. Treasury, little league coach, award winning custom home builder in The Woodlands, devoted Christian, husband, father, grandfather, mentor and friend. He was a member of The Woodlands United Methodist Church where he was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation will be from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 4, at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, 2200 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, Texas. The Memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, April 5, at The Woodlands United Methodist Church.
To sign the register book or to leave memories of Jay for the family please visit www.forestparkthewoodlands.com. Condolences may be sent to the family c/o Jean Wendell @ 1 Destiny Cove, The Woodlands, TX 77381
[March 31, 2012] Passing of Member- J. Thomas Hampton and former member, William Norris Jackson
James Thomas Hampton, 64, from member Larry Halper who wrote, "Tom was a good friend and an excellent agent". Tom's wife Leanne wrote, "... Tom was a great husband, father, and of course, agent. " Tom passed away March 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. He was born on June 24, 1947 in Pasadena, CA. He was a United States Army Vietnam Veteran. Tom was a Special Agent with the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, Las Vegas Field Office, from August 1979 through December 1999. Prior to that Tom worked in Office Audit for a total of 27 years with the IRS. Tom is survived by his wife, Leanne, Sons T.J. Hampton of Las Vegas, NV, Jed Hampton of Coachella, CA, Darren Hampton of Tyler, TX, daughter Katye Moser of San Diego, CA, and nine Grandchildren. The obituary will appear in the Las Vegas Review today or tomorrow. Tom Hampton will be cremated and buried at the Veteran's
Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, NV. The services will be private and a date has yet to be determined. On Saturday night,
March 31, 2012 there will be get together at The Tap House,
5589 West Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV. 89146 (702)870-2111.
It will be a cash bar from 6:30PM to 8:30PM.Condolences may be sent to the family care of Tom's wife, Leanne at 3221 Harbor Vista St., Las Vegas, NV 89117-3333
On March 25, 2012, William Norris Jackson beloved husband of Geraldine Fisher Jackson; father of Philip S. Jackson and his wife Diane (nee Foard) and Paul N. Jackson and his wife Rhonda (nee Atice); grandfather of Ryan, Jacob, Martha and Kyle Jackson; great-grandfather of Luke Jackson. Bill was with CI from 1961- 1981, retiring from Washington, DC. Funeral Arrangements. Friends may call at the family-owned Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, Inc., 6500 York Rd. (at Overbrook Rd.) on Thursday, March 29th, 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be offered Friday, March 30th, 1:30 P.M. at Immaculate Conception Church (Towson).
Memorial Donation - In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 601 Maiden Choice La., Baltimore, MD 21228. Also see the link to the Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bs-md-ob-william-jackson-20120328,0,3169971.story
[March 19, 2012] Charlotte Chapter Quarterly Luncheon at Gregs on March 28
We are getting together at Gregg's Restaurant on Monroe Road, Matthews (near NC51) for our regular luncheon on Wednesday, March 28th (Next week). Please try and be there by around 11:30 if possible to beat the crowd. If you will be so kind as to reply your acceptance of this invitation, I will know pretty close to how many chairs to save. Al Selby
[March 14, 2012] Deputy Commissioner Names New Chief for CI
Richard Weber has been selected as the Chief,
Criminal Investigation. In this position, Rich will oversee investigations
of potential violations of the nation's Internal Revenue laws and related
financial crimes and will manage an organization composed of approximately
4,000 employees worldwide.
Rich comes to the IRS most recently from the Manhattan District Attorney's
Office, where he served as Deputy Chief of the Investigation Division and
Chief of the Major Economic Crimes Bureau. Rich was responsible for
managing prosecutors, investigators, analysts and paralegals handling
investigations into securities and commodities fraud, large-scale mortgage
and insurance fraud, Ponzi schemes, international money laundering,
terrorist financing, sanctions evasion, asset forfeiture and tax crimes.
Rich has had a long and distinguished career, previously serving as Chief of
the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section at the Department of
Justice, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District
of New York. Rich conducted numerous major money laundering investigations
and prosecutions, including some of the largest forfeitures ever entered
against financial institutions for sanctions violations. During his time at
DOJ, Rich worked extensively with CI and has an excellent knowledge of that
office and the IRS more generally.
Rich is a two-time recipient of the Attorney General's John Marshall Award,
the highest honor for Justice Department lawyers, for his work in promoting
law enforcement's use of asset forfeiture. He is a highly recognized legal
expert, well-versed in the execution of strategies for prosecuting criminal
cases at the federal level.
[February 24, 2012] News Item from Microsoft Downloads
I receive these items on a monthly basis, about downloads etc. However, this is very important for those of you who are still running Microsoft Office 2003 (which includes word 1997-2003) and Windows XP.
The message was:
Support is ending for Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003
Get the free Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and simplify migration.
What this means, is most likely that as new Word products and other downloads come out, or websites, there may be incompatibility problems with your old systems, that quite frankly, just won't be able to be fixed. Is it time for you to upgrade? Word is now on version 2010, two generations newer. Windows is not on Windows 7, getting ready to go to 8. Windows 7 is at least two generations newer than XP.
[February 21, 2012] Information on Steve (Virgil) Vickers
Steve, who retired as a group manager in Denber and passed away last week will be buried in Orem, UT . In addition to being an AFSA Member, Steve was an active volunteer, serving on the AFSA/Frank Smith Scholarship Committee for a number of years. Condolences may be sent to Steve's wife, Terry Vickers @P.O. Box 205
Larkspur, CO 80118
Here is Steve's obituary.
Obituary for Mr. Steve (Virgil) Vickers
STEVE (Virgil) VICKERS, 65, of Larkspur, Colorado, passed away February 15, 2012, while working in Wilmington, Delaware.
He was born November 12, 1946, in Massena, St. Lawrence, New York, a son of Harold Benjamin Virgil and Mary Myrtle Hart Virgil.
He was the younger of 2 children, and is survived by his sister, Mary Elizabeth Virgil DePersia (Chris Sr. and Chris Jr.) of Flagstaff, AZ. Steve was raised by Orville Hart (Myrtle’s brother) and Margaret Hart along with their children, Jackie (Ed) Crowner (NY), Paulette Pierce (FL) and Greg Hart (NY).
While employed by the IRS in Hawaii, he met and married Terry Ann Patten July 11, 1991, in Honolulu, Hawaii where they resided for several years.
Steve graduated from Colonie Central High School, Albany, NY in 1964. He received an associate degree from Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY in 1966. While playing basketball for Hudson Valley, he was recruited by UTEP Coach Don Haskins. He graduated from University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) with a degree in Business Administration in the summer of 1968.
He served in the U.S. Army September 1968-September 1971, and completed a tour of duty in Viet Nam with the 101st Airborne division.
He was an agent for the Internal Revenue Service Treasury Department Jan 1972-Jan 1997.
He was a long standing member of the Christie Lodge Board of Directors (Avon, CO) and past President and CEO of U.S. Consolidated Credit Union (Denver, CO). Upon his retirement from the IRS, he began Executive Decisions Consulting and was actively servicing clients at the time of his passing.
He enjoyed skiing, fishing and sports. He loved the mountains, his Colorado ranch and his horses, dogs and cats (especially his cat, Barney).
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2012, at 1:00pm in the Timpanogos Park LDS Chapel, 955 N. 300 E., Orem, Utah. A Viewing will be held prior to the services beginning at 11:30am. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery, where military honors by the VFW will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to an animal charity of choice.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to an animal charity of your choice.
To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mr. Steve (Virgil) Vickers please visit our Sympathy Store. This obituary will be displayed in the Denver Post and the Salt Lake City paper later this week.
[February 17, 2012] Webinar on Federal Long Term Care Insurance
Tammy Flannagan will be doing a webinar in connection with the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program, highlighting my top five tips to consider before planning your retirement. It’s on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. Eastern time.
Click here for more information and to register.
[February 16, 2012] Member Steve Vickers passes away
AFSA sadly learned last night from Bill Parrish that AFSA member and former scholarship committee member Steve Vickers passed suddenly yesterday in Delaware, where he was working on an AML project. Steve had been a Group Manager in Denver upon retiring. More information will be forthcoming as arrangements are incomplete. Condolences may be sent to Steve's wife, Terry at : Terry Vickers PO Box 205, Larkspur, CO 80118.
[February 15, 2012] Webinar on HR 218
You can go to jail or join us for our upcoming 5 hour HR 218-LEOSA concealed carry Webinar over the Internet on Feb 25th from 12:30 p - 5:30p Eastern Standard Time See details on the webpage at http://hr218leosa.com/?page=courses
During the class we will discuss who can carry, where you can and cannot carry, what reasons for carry are covered, and how you must carry handguns and long guns to be covered by LEOSA and exempt from conviction for criminal possession.
We answer questions for one hour about HR 218-LEOSA. Attached is a flyer with more information for your active and retired LEO contacts who may be interested in attending. You may also wish to read our on-line newsfeed on the front page of our website or want to check out our Table of Alumni Authorities on the Links Page: http://www.hr218leosa.com/docs/Table of LEO Authorities.pdf
The Table is a resource any LEO can use to help verify if one of our alumni is covered by HR218-LEOSA. Of course an investigating LEO would also need to check individual issues regarding domestic violence, felonies, warrants, etc... but our Table will at least help with the common elements.
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[February 12, 2012] Long Time Member Bill Kolar Passes Away
AFSA sadly learned from member Art Sinai that Bill Kolar passed away just this week. Ironically, Art had recently become a member and had just called Bill last week after receiving our directory and had a nice visit with him. Bill passed away about a week later. Bill came to the IRS from the CIA. He was a respected Director of the Intelligence Division and also worked for the Treasury Inspector General. Here is his obituary which appeared in the Washington Post.
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
KOLAR, William A.
WILLIAM ALOIS KOLAR
On Saturday, January 21, 2012, of Silver Spring, MD. Beloved husband of the late Doris M. Kolar; father of Thomas (Elizabeth), William (Linda), John (Patricia) and Daniel (Sharon) Kolar; grandfather of Kathleen Quinn, Sara Moran, Michael and William Kolar, Debbie Karanovich, Thomas, Mary, Joseph, Anne, Luke, Eric and Jason Kolar; great-grandfather of nine. Also survived by dear friend, Sarah Baah. Relatives and friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard, West, Silver Spring, MD, (Valet Parking), Thursday, January 26, 2012, 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Camillus Church, 1600 St. Camillus Drive, Silver Spring, MD, on Friday, January 27, 2012 at 10 a.m. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Camillus Food Pantry, 1600 St. Camillus Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20903.
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[February 05, 2012] Google Check Out up and running
Google Check Out appears to be up and running again. For the 222 members who have not yet paid your dues, you may use this again to pay your dues only, effective Sunday 2/5/2012
[January 30, 2012] AFSA emails may be getting blocked by your ISP
Our last email was bounced by 100 recipients of which 74 of our members had our email blocked by their provider, despite being a subcriber. Many of these use sbcglobal.net as a provider, if you are one of these, you need to contact your provider and let them know that emails from AFSA using Constant Contact are NOT to be blocked! Other services that apparently blocked our mail include: pacbell.net, swbell.net,snet, prodigy.net, pixius
[January 30, 2012] New Scholarship Fund Established in Memory of Jim Howe
James F. Howe, Sr. AFSA Scholarship Fund- Jim Howe was an AFSA member and worked for Madison Associates Inc. Jim passed away on August 15, 2011 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. AFSA is pleased to announce, that in remembrance of Jim, William R. Schroeder, the President of Madison Associates Inc., has generously donated $10,000 for AFSA to administer a scholarship fund for law enforcement candidates. This will be in addition to the Frank L. Smith AFSA Scholarship Fund.
We are working on the criteria for the new fund and are revising the criteria for the existing fund, including expanding the eligibility of candidates. This will be completed by 2/29/2012 and will be posted on the AFSA website along with links for the forms at that time. Nieces and nephews of member/sponsors will now be eligible, but only one person may be sponsored by a member per year. Eligible candidates will be able to apply to both scholarships, but may be awarded only one. However, there is a difference in the criteria, so all candidates may not be eligible to apply for both scholarships.
We are proud that Bill Schroeder has chosen AFSA to administer the James F. Howe, Sr. AFSA Scholarship Fund and thank him profusely for his generosity. Said Mr. Schroeder: " All of us at Madison Associates Inc. are extremely saddened by Jim's untimely death. His enthusiasm for and dedication to the goals of law enforcement will be sorely missed. Jim joined Madison Associates following his retirement from IRS-CI to work as a Financial Crimes Consultant with the FDA-OIG. Jim was highly respected by those with whom he worked. Jim demonstrated integrity, competency and professionalism in his work and relationships. He exemplified the high standards that Madison Associates has come to expect from retired IRS-CI agents and indeed, relies on to continue to grow in providing contract services to Federal law enforcement agencies."
"Madison Associates, Inc. has worked with the AFSA-IRS Executive Board to create an educational endowment in Jim's name that will help instill the integrity and character that Jim showed throughout his career to others interested in law enforcement as a career. It is my hope that with this scholarship fund, Jim's dedication will continue to be recognized and his personal exemplification of those high standards will be a model for those who follow him in Federal law enforcement careers."
[January 09, 2012] Passing of former member E. Wayne Pack, Sr.
E. WAYNE PACK, SR. age 61, of Fresno, Texas, passed away Friday, January 6, 2012. He was born September 26, 1950, in Maysville, Kentucky to Ervin and Stella Maynard Pack. Wayne was a beloved husband and companion to his wife, Nicole Pack; father to, Mark Pack and his wife Kelly, Kelly Hall, Justin Mueller, Chris Mueller, and Ervin Wayne Pack, Jr; grandfather to, Luca Soares, Layla Jane Hall, and Violet Mueller; and brother to, Glenn Pack, Michael Pack, Patty Huapert, and Steve Pack. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and a retired Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves. Wayne was a Federal Agent in the Department of the Treasury, and...
E. WAYNE PACK, SR. age 61, of Fresno, Texas, passed away Friday, January 6, 2012. He was born September 26, 1950, in Maysville, Kentucky to Ervin and Stella Maynard Pack. Wayne was a beloved husband and companion to his wife, Nicole Pack; father to, Mark Pack and his wife Kelly, Kelly Hall, Justin Mueller, Chris Mueller, and Ervin Wayne Pack, Jr; grandfather to, Luca Soares, Layla Jane Hall, and Violet Mueller; and brother to, Glenn Pack, Michael Pack, Patty Huapert, and Steve Pack. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and a retired Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves. Wayne was a Federal Agent in the Department of the Treasury, and a 4th Degree Mason in the Sugar Land Masonic Lodge #1141. Friends are invited to a visitation with the family from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at The Settegast-Kopf Co. @ Sugar Creek, 15015 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land (Williams Trace Exit). Interment will be held at 1:30 PM, Friday, January 13, 2012, at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, with military honors.
[January 04, 2012] Passing of Member Edward G. Bourguignon, Jr.
AFSA learned today from Mary Ruiz that Ed passed away on July 31, 2011. Ed was living in Ormond Beach, FL. He had been an agent in Austin from 1979 -1999. He served as the representative to the TX Department of Public Safety as part of HIDTA. Ed was an avid reader and a great advisor. He moved to FL to take care of his mother after retirement.
[January 03, 2012] Julio LaRosa, Director of Field Operations- Eastern Area
Julio LaRosa passed away 1/3/12 unexpectedly apparently from a massive heart attack.
Julio La Rosa’s family is making the final arrangements for his service and funeral, which will be in Miami in the coming days. A special law enforcement funeral will be part of the arrangements.
Julio joined CI’s family as a Special Agent in Florida in 1994. Julio successfully worked large OCDETF investigations and quickly became a respected expert in money laundering and asset forfeiture. In 2000, Julio was selected as a supervisor in the Miami Field Office. After Julio completed his SSA tenure, he was assigned to CI Headquarters as the law enforcement liaison to the Department of Treasury. He also worked as an Assistant Director of Financial Crimes following his time at Main Treasury.
Julio then served as the ASAC and SAC in the St. Paul Field Office, He headed CI's new International Operations Division in 2010 as the Deputy Director. When CI re-organized in October of 2011, he was selected as the new Executive to oversee operations in the East as the Director of Field Operations.
Julio is survived by his wife, Penelope (Penny) and two sons, Benjamin, 11, and Julian, 14.For those wishing to send a card to his wife and children, the address is:
18411 Bright Plume Terrace
Boyds, MD 20841
Julio is also survived by his mother, Maria Elena La Rosa. Her address is: 1821 S.W. 14th Street
Miami, FL 33145
[December 07, 2011] State of Michigan to begin Taxing Federal Pensions
You'll need your
retirement claim number even if you have already set up your online
[November 27, 2011] Former AFSA member James H. New passes away
<!-- New,, James Harvey, --> NEW, JAMES HARVEY,
01/13/1946-11/18/2011, Jim was born and raised in Greencastle, IN. After graduating from Greencastle High School, Jim served honorably in the U.S. Navy
. While working for the I.R.S. he graduated from IUPUI in Indianapolis. He later retired as a Special Agent in the Criminal Investigation Division after 25 years of service. For the past ten years, he has worked for the Florida Department of Agriculture. He was survived by Carolyn New his loving wife of 41 years; his three daughters Tammara, Natalie, and Mariah; his mother Mary New; siblings Noble, Ruth, Robert, John, and Linda; grandchildren Ian, Brianna, and Alyssa. He was preceded in death by his father Woodson New. A visitation will be held on Saturday, November 26, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Winter Park Christian Church, 760 N. Lakemont Ave., Winter Park, FL 32792 with funeral services following at 11 a.m. Burial will follow the service at Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Winter Park Christian Church. Arrangements are entrusted to COLLISON FAMILY FUNERAL HOME &
CREMATORY (HOWELL BRANCH CHAPEL) 3806 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park, FL 32792
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on November 23, 2011
[November 04, 2011] On line course available re: HR 218
Understanding H.R. 218: LEOSA Rights & Responsibilities
Description: This four hour seminar is a MUST for all current and retired LEOs and explores the 20 plus court decisions which impact the rights and responsibilities of qualified current and retired LEOs under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (commonly known as "H.R. 218" or "LEOSA") as amended by the Improvements Act of 2010. Attendees will reduce their off-duty risk of being arrested and their on-duty risk for civil liability by learning who can carry, what firearms can be carried, when firearms can be carried, where they can and cannot be carried, why they may be carried, and how firearms must be carried under LEOSA.
The seminar is taught by Steve Mannion. He is a practicing attorney, served as law enforcement defense counsel for Essex County, NJ for five years, has been a police legal advisor for sixteen years and a part-time federal LEO for six years. Mr. Mannion has participated in eight of the known twenty LEOSA decisions and is the only attorney who has been successful with LEOSA issues in state and/or federal courts in New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Massachusetts and Illinois. He was even listed as a LEOSA expert witness in the case of People of Illinois v. Drew Peterson.
Can’t attend? Order our exclusive seminar materials today! Updated materials as of October 2011 now available. Covers recent LEOSA legislation
Thus far, this seminar has been taught to current and/or retired LEOs from federal agencies (U.S. Secret Service, FBI, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, U.S. Coast Guard, etc...); bi-state agencies (Port Authority of NY/NJ OIG and Waterfront Commission of NY/NJ), New Jersey agencies (NJ Attorney General’s Office, NJ Transit Police, Rutgers Univ. Police, Hudson County Prosecutor, etc...); New York agencies (NY State Dept of Corrections, New York City Police, etc...).... [see more]
Live Seminar Price: $50 Advanced Registration online or $60 CASH ONLY at the door. Personal checks are NOT accepted.
Payment by municipal purchase orders MUST be approved by Sheepdog Academy in advance of the course date and is not eligible for the advanced online registration price. $60 registration fee will apply.
Contact us for group discounts for 10 or more persons paid in advance at $40 per attendee.
Registration Closes at Midnight before a Seminar/Webinar or when Seminar is sold out.
Cancellation Policy: Requests to cancel a course registration and receive a refund must be received by Sheepdog Academy email no later than 15 days prior to course convening date. Once approved, refunds will be charged back to the original payment method (credit card) minus a $3 processing fee. Please do not cancel the credit card charge. NO refunds will be given for no-shows.
Sheepdog Academy reserves the right to cancel a Webinar or Seminar due to insufficient enrollment. Sheepdog Academy will notify enrolled students of cancellation and will issue a refund within 10 days of the course date.
Class time: Door registration begins 30 minutes before seminar start time. Each seminar runs approximately 4-5 hours, depending on student participation and questions.
Go to site below: (Note, this is not endorsed by AFSA but is provided by AFSA as a courtesy for those who may be interested.
[October 31, 2011] Passing of Member - William H. Parker, retired out of HQ in 1972
WILLIAM H. PARKER (Age 90)
A resident of Arnold, MD, died on October 27, 2011 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD.
He was born on October 29, 1920 in Landover, where he was raised. He served in the U.S. Marines during WWII
He was employed with the U.S. Treasury, until his retirement, and worked for SIPIC.
William was a member of the Lions Club, VFW
, American Legion, Elks, and Association of Former Special Agents of the IRS. He enjoyed fishing and boating.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Parker (nee Rowe), who passed away February 6, 2009.
He is survived by his son, Robert Parker (Kathy) of Selma, NC; stepson, Thomas Ditto (Andrea) of Arnold; daughter-in-law, Heather Finn of Milford, DE; four grandchildren; nine great- grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and their families.
There will be a chapel service at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville, MD on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Anne Arundel Medical Center, Sajak Pavilion, Suite 550, 2001 Medical Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401. Please put on memo line "In memory of William Parker".
Online condolences may be made at:
[October 29, 2011] Luncheon on 11/4/11 in Santa Fe Springs, CA
Just a reminder that we are having the luncheon on Nov 4 at Maggie's Pub in Santa Fe Springs. If you are intending to go, please email me back at
FYI one retiree said his check was returned by the post office, but we think that was a mistake. I have gotten several others at:
P.O. Box 8492
Alta Loma, CA 91701
I will be out of town next week, but will be back on Sunday, Oct 30.
[October 06, 2011] New Member Bonus Time
It's that time of year again. If you have NEVER been a member of AFSA and join now, your dues will cover the rest of 2011 and all of 2012. This does not apply to previous members who allowed their membership to lapse.
[September 27, 2011] Passing of Member Gregory Polvere
AFSA learned last week from Howie Mann that Greg Polvere passed away on June 28. Greg retired from the Manhattan District in 1998.
Gregory J. Polvere of Monroe, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ. Son of Concetta Polvere and the late Joseph Polvere, he was born in the Bronx on August 20, 1948.
He was a retired Special Agent with the U.S. Treasury Department, Criminal Investigation Division. He was president of GJP Associates and was a Certified Fraud Examiner, Licensed Private Investigator, Enrolled Agent, Member of the Association of Former Special Agents of the IRS, Member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, Member of the National Police Defense Foundation, member of the Fraternal Order of Police, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Friends described him as bright, witty and an excellent investigator.
Greg was a caring husband, amazing father, adored grandfather, devoted son, loving brother, and true friend. He is survived by his wife, Angela; his mother, Concetta; his children, Joseph and Tonia Polvere and Lauren and Dennis Perpetua; his beloved grandson, Tyler Polvere; his brother, James Polvere; his sister, Maryanne Lauria and her husband, Dominick; his mother-in-law, Mary Rocco; his brother-in law, Jerry Rocco and wife, Arline; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Joseph Polvere.
Visitation was at Smith, Seaman and Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 117 Maple Ave., Monroe, NY. A Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, July 2, at Sacred Heart Church, 26 Still Rd., Monroe. Interment was at St. Anastasia Cemetery, Harriman. Arrangements by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home; 845-782-8185 or www.ssqfuneralhome.com
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Father's Kitchen c/o Sacred Heart Church, 26 Still Rd., Monroe, NY 10950 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142
Condolences may be sent to his wife Angela at PO Box 981, Harriman, NY 10926.
[September 13, 2011] Passing of Member Thomas E. Eaton, Sr.
AFSA learned of Thomas' passing today, see below:
[September 06, 2011] Member Charles H, Moriyama to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal
Charlie's wife, Helen sent me the following: The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States Congress. The decoration is awarded to an individual or group who performs an outstanding deed or act of service to the security, prosperity and national interest of the United States. The medal was first awarded in 1776 by the Second Continental Congress to Gen. George Washington during the American Revolutionary War. Some of the other recipients are: Sir Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, Mother Teresa, and Navajo Code Talkers. In December 2011, at the Capitol of the United States in Washington D.C., the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and members of the Military Intelligence Service will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II. These units were primarily compr;ised of Niseis (Americans of Japanese Ancestry). Charles H. Moriyama, Staff Assistant, Intelligence Division, San Francisco District (Retired 1980) served with the MIS and will be receiving this award.
Staff Note: Unsure if any other IRS employee has ever received this honor.
[August 31, 2011] James F. Howe Sr. Corrected Obituary
Here is the corrected obituary for James Howe, Sr., who passed away on August 15, 2011.
James F. Howe Sr., age 63 of Naperville, IL, peacefully passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, on the Feast of the Assumption, at home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Cherished husband of Catherine M. (Lahey) Howe, for 41 years; beloved father of Holly M. (Mark) D'Angelo, James F. (Jessica) Howe Jr., and Joseph E. (Katie) Howe; loving grandpa of Brianna and Angelica D'Angelo, Joey Howe and his fourth grandchild due Jan. 2012; fond brother of Pat Turen, Ed, John, Bob and Mike Howe; dear son-in-law of Angela Lahey. Preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Armella Howe and father-in-law, James Lahey. Jim was a loving son, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, and friend to many. Jim lived in Naperville for 31 years and was a dedicated member of SS. Peter & Paul Church and School. He retired in 2005 as a Supervisory Special Agent with the Internal Revenue Service, and Criminal Investigation. Jim was also actively involved in Naperville Little League and Youth Baseball. Jim loved spending time with his family on Crooked Lake. Jim was a classic car enthusiast who enjoyed an occasional pint of Guinness. In lieu of flowers, memorials to NCH-Foundation-Pancreas Center, 3060 W. Salt Creek Lane, Arlington Heights, IL 60005, 847-618-4260. Visitation: 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, 2011 at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services
, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, IL 60540. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011 at SS. Peter & Paul Church, 36 N. Ellsworth St., Naperville, IL 60540. Interment to follow at SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Naperville, IL. For more information, please call 630-355-0213 or www.friedrich-jones.com
Published in Chicago Tribune on August 18, 2011
Condolences may be sent to the family at:
715 Springhill Circle, Naperville, IL 60563
[August 30, 2011] Passing of Member Harvey Borak on July 30, 2011
BORAK, Harvey L.
Harvey L. Borak, loving husband of Joan Sweeney Borak passed away on July 30, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital. Born on July 13, 1934, in New York City, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Selma Borak. Harvey was a graduate of New York University and New York Law School, and later served in the U.S. Army. Harvey served as the Chief of the Criminal Investigation Division in the Brooklyn, NY District of the Internal Revenue Service, retiring after 26 years of service. Subsequently, he served as Special Assistant to the District Attorney of Manhattan and later as a Special Investigator of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his cherished family-a son, Gary Borak and wife Ellen of Kinnelon, NJ; and a daughter Cheryl Berenberg and husband Matthew of Chicago, IL. He is also survived by a brother, Lloyd Borak and wife Evelyn of West Orange, NJ and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Marlyn.
Funeral services will be held at the Weinstein Mortuary-640 Farmington Avenue, Hartford on August 1st at 2 p.m. Friends may pay their respects to the family one hour prior to the service. Internment will take place at the King Solomon cemetery in Clifton, NJ on Tuesday, August 2nd at 11 a.m.. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to his wife Joan and children, Gary and Cheryl at 11 Winged Foot Blvd., Bloomfield, CT 06002
Published in The Hartford Courant on July 31, 2011
[August 15, 2011] Member Robert L. Browne passes away
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AGE: 86 • Brigantine
Robert, 86, of Brigantine, passed away on Friday, August 12th, 2011. Bob was born in Camden. He was raised in Collingswood and was a graduate of Collingswood High School. Bob served in the US Army during World War II
and received a Purple Heart
for being wounded during The Battle of the Bulge. He completed night school at Temple and earned a BA while beginning his over-30-year career at the IRS. While working at the IRS, he met and then married his wife Lydia, and they enjoyed a 61-year marriage. While working in the Baltimore office of the IRS, he began an investigation into local corruption that eventually led to the indictment and resignation of Spiro Agnew, the Vice President to Richard Nixon. He eventually retired from the IRS in 1980 as Assistant Regional Commissioner, Intelligence Division, for the Mid-Atlantic Region. He then worked for five years for the Division of Gaming Enforcement in Atlantic City. Bob was an avid golfer in his retirement, both in Brigantine and in Florida.
Bob is predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Lydia (nee Hubner). He is survived by his son, Bob Browne and his wife, Laura. He is predeceased by one sister, Elizabeth Thorn, and two brothers, William and John (Jerry) Browne. He is survived by five nieces and three nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Bob's Life Celebration and Viewing on Wednesday evening 6 to 8 PM and Thursday 9 to 10 AM at Keates-Plum Funeral Home, 3112 Brigantine Ave., Brigantine, NJ. Mass of Christian burial Thursday, 10:30 AM, at St. Thomas Church, Brigantine, NJ. Entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mays Landing, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob's name to the <!-- Begin AdTech Script -->
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Published in Courier-Post from August 15 to August 16, 2011
[August 07, 2011] Passing of former Member and Chief of Intelligence, Indianapolis District Joseph Hilgenberg
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Joseph C. Hilgenberg
95, passed away on August 2, 2011. Born in Indianapolis on June 4, 1916, he was the son of Harry and Elizabeth (Lichtenberg) Hilgenberg.
In 1934, Joe graduated from Cathedral High School and, in 1939, from Indiana University. He then married the love of his life, Marjorie Nell McDonough, on August 23, 1941. He enlisted in the US Navy on March 9, 1943 and proudly served in the Pacific Theatre aboard "The Minnie" - USS Minneapolis (CA-36) until December, 1945.
For almost 30 years, Joe worked for the IRS as a criminal investigator in the Intelligence Division, retiring as Division Chief of Intelligence in 1975.
He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church for over 60 years, the American Legion, Alpha Tau Omega and the Society of Retired Executives.
Joe is survived by his children Joseph M., Christianne, John C. (Cinthia), Robert S. Hilgenberg and Theresa L. (Mike) O'Rourke. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Margie, his parents, his son Jimmy and his granddaughter Rachael.
Visitation will be Friday, August 5, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary . A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, August 6 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, preceded by prayers at 9:30 a.m. in the mortuary. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
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Published in the The Indianapolis Star on August 4, 2011
[August 06, 2011] Passing of former member and Brooklyn Chief Harvey Borak
Harvey Borak, a former Chief of the Brooklyn District passed away July 31. Condolences may be sent to his wife, Joan, and children, Gary and Cheryl care of Joan Sweeney Borak @ 11 Winged Foot Blvd.
Bloomfield, CT 06002 . See obituary at : http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=harvey-l-borak&pid=152824593&fhid=4131 in the Hartford Courant for July 31.
[July 27, 2011] Member David A. Ostrager passes away
David passed away on July 18, 2011 at age 83 years old. He began work as a public accountant in several CPA firms after graduating from CUNY (Baruch College). . He was an agent from 1955- 1982, retiring from the Manhattan District as a group manager of a SEP group, and with many years in wagering, vice, and surviellance. Afterwords, David was aSenior Accounting Investigator in NYC District Attorney Robert Morgenthau's office, in the Racketeering Division. He later did some general investigative work including matrimonial work. He had some post graduate work at John Jay College in Criminal Justice. He leaves behind his wife, Adele. Condolences may be sent to her at 2769 Mill Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234. Services were held on July 20 at Parkside Memorial Chapel in Brooklyn, NY. David will be known for his accomplishments in work, in desire to keep busy, and his battle with cancer
[July 13, 2011] Convention update news
The registration forms are now posted on the Convention sections in both the non-member's section and the Member's section (which includes the schedule). It has been updated to reflect generally lower prices for activities due to different vendors and things. Remember to register before 8/1 to get a $20/discount per person. You must be staying at the Grove Park Inn to get this discount.
[June 15, 2011] Member Lee Williams has book published
Member Lee Williams is a published author. If possible, please publish
the below information regarding his latest novel in a future e-message
to the membership.
For more info on Lee and his books, visit his website: leejwilliams.com
Lee Williams' new novel, "Sins of the Father" is now available in
paperback and as a kindle
ebook on amazon.com.
Here's the description of the plot. Its 1968 in rural Mississippi,
Beauford Tisdale's ancestors were emancipated from slavery over 100
years ago. Now he finds himself plunged into a world of terror,
assassinations and corruption that has made his life a chasm of shame,
lies and secrets.....
[June 13, 2011] Two AFSA Members Recipients of the Presidential Rank Award
Recipients of this prestigious award are "strong leaders, professionals, and scientists who achieve results and consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry and a relentless commitment to excellence in public service." This year CI has two recipients of this prestigious award: Director of International Vicki Duane of MD (retired) and Director of Operations Mike Thomas of SC (retired). Both Mike and Vicki will receive a certificate signed by the President along with a monetary award. Congratulations
[June 06, 2011] Passing of former member James G. Murphy
Jim Murphy passsed away June 3, 2011 after battling pneumonia for two weeks of heart failure in Lake Placid, FL. He is survived by his wife, Anita. He retired out of Traverse City, MI in 1986. For complete information go to link: http://record-eagle.com/obituaries/x9781836/James-Galen-Murphy
[June 01, 2011] Passing of Long-time Member Louis J. Moriarty
It was recently reported to us that "Louie" Moriartypassed away unexpectedly on Dec. 24, 2010. Louis was a member of AFSA since 5/5/89. He left the Intelligence Division in 1950 after obtaining his law degree in 1949 and went on to practice law for over 50 years. He was an agent in the Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Audrey and a son, daughter and step-daughter. See http://www.davidleefuneralhome.com/obituaries/details/1623. Condolences may be sent to the family care of : Audrey Moriarty, 175 Gleason Rd., Wayzata, MN 55391-1314
[May 19, 2011] Former Phoenix SAC James B. Collie passes away
Jim passed away 5/11/2011 from kidney cancer. See obituary for full information:
[April 12, 2011] Frank L. Smith Scholarship Applications - Changes and due date
The application for the Frank L. Smith Scholarship is officially closed with the exception of certified transcripts for applications on hand, which must be submitted by 5/15/2011.
[February 24, 2011] Former Member Joe Sadler Passes away
Former Member Joseph A. "Mickey" Sadler passed away on 2/22/2011: AFSA found out yesterday Joe passed away. Joe worked at HQ upon retirement. On Tuesday, February 22, 2011 of Silver Spring, MD. "Mickey" Joseph E. Sadler of Washington, DC. Beloved husband of Vanessa Bachman Sadler; devoted son of Estella Sadler Paulin. He is also survived by a host of other loving relatives and friends. Friends may call at HINES-RINALDI FUNERAL HOME, 11800 New Hampshire Ave., Silver spring, MD on Friday, February 25 at 10 a.m. where services will begin at 11 a.m. Interment fort Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to Kimmel Cancer Institute, Weinberg Building, 401 North Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231. Please view and sign the family guestbook at Joe Sadler at HinesRinaldi Funeral Home
[January 14, 2011] Manuel Godinez passing, updated 1/18/2011
Member Manny Godinez passed away on January 12, 2011. Arrangements are listed below, as from Manny's wife, and also or contact email and mailing address for condolences.
On Wednesday, 19 January, the vigil will be held at the Griffin Family Funeral Chapel at 1075 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010. The viewing will start at 5PM and the vigil service will begin at 7PM. During this service, folks will be invited to talk about Manuel. The gentleman doing the vigil service was a schoolmate of Manuel's in Camarillo.
On Thursday, 20 January, the catholic funeral mass will be held at the St. Mary Magdalen Chapel, located at 2532 E. Ventura Blvd, Camarillo, CA. This is the church where Manuel was an altar boy and where he attended elementary school. The funeral mass will be at 10:00AM (I tried for 11 to give folks more time to get up there from Los Angeles, but it is a school day and recess starts at 11:15, so 10:00AM it is.)
Manuel will be buried at the Santa Clara Cemetary located at 2370 North H. Street in Oxnard, CA where much of his immediate family is also buried.
After the burial, there will be a light lunch reception somewhere in the area; Joe and I are still working out the details and will advise. This will also be a time for folks to talk about Manuel and to remember and celebrate his life.
For folks who wish to contact me, please feel free to give them my e-mail address (email@example.com
), my mailing address for CA: 4455 Los Feliz Blvd, #1007, Los Angeles, CA 90027. I expect to be traveling back and forth between CA and Washington for some months to come, so I will have regular access to mail coming to CA.
Many thanks. Maura
GODINEZ, Manuel Robert Manuel Godinez, 63, passed away January 12, 2011, at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. Born July 11, 1947, in Oxnard, California, he was the son of Carmen Ledesma and Manuel Godinez, both of whom predeceased him. He is survived by his loving wife, Maura; his son, Michael; his cousins, Joseph Beltran, Barbara Brown, and Mary Louise Potter; members of the extended Ledesma and Godinez families; and a devoted circle of friends. Manuel attended St. Mary Magdalen Parish School and Adolfo Camarillo High School. In 1969, he graduated from Loyola University of Los Angeles with a B.S. in Psychology and bonds with his Delta Sigma Phi brothers which lasted a lifetime. He earned his MBA from UCLA
in 1982. Retiring after 33 years of domestic and overseas service with the IRS, he joined the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Technical Affairs, where he worked worldwide. A vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19, at the Griffin Family Funeral Chapel, 1075 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010; visitation will begin at 5PM. Friends and family will be honoring Manuel with short remembrances. Mass of Catholic burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 20, at St. Mary Magdalen Chapel, 2532 E. Ventura Blvd, Camarillo, CA 93010. Manuel will be buried at the Santa Clara Catholic Cemetery, 2370 North H Street, Oxnard, CA 93036. Flowers are welcome, or donations may be made in Manuel's name to The Midnight Mission, 601 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014, www.midnightmission.org. <!-- -->
Published in the Los Angeles Times on January 18, 2011
[January 13, 2011] Passing of member, Charles Spears, Jr.
Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal from December 20 to December 21, 2010
[January 06, 2011] Exclusion of FERS or CSRS healh plan payments from Gross Pension Amounts
Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA)
2007 was the first tax year that Section 845 of the PPA was effective. Section 845 allows a retired federal law enforcement officer, fire fighter, and members of certain other small groups to exclude up to $3,000 of their FERS or CSRS benefits from federal income taxes for amounts paid for health insurance or long-term-care premiums. A covered retiree may exclude only premiums paid by OPM out of your benefit directly to your FEHBP carrier and premiums paid to LTCFEDS. This provides the same benefit as premium conversion that active federal employees may choose.
The most current OPM ruling on this matter is dated June 2007 (Benefits Administration Letter 07-201). Do not be confused by earlier OPM memos which were incorrect. This benefit absolutely applies to retired series 1811 agents. This is a self-identify and self-report item. On Line 16 of Form 1040, you merely subtract up to an additional $3,000 from the taxable portion shown on the 1099 and write PSO next to line 16. PSO stands for Public Safety Officer. Some software programs have this built in.
[December 28, 2010] Current AFSA member and official, Gerard Dupczack credited in 12/23/2010 CI Bulletin
Gerard is mentioned in the bulletin above for a training program he had developed when SSA/CIS. Please see the 12/23/2010 Bulletin and look for the yellow highlighted section.
[December 28, 2010] Passing of Jim Kelly, AFSA member and Regional Rep 12/26/2010
KELLY, James James Ray Kelly age 71, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Sunday, December 26, 2010. He was born in Itta Bena, MS December 3, 1939. Jim leaves behind a wife of forty five years, Suzanne Wheat Kelly, a Daughter, Shan (Robert) Rivers, and granddaughters Delilah Ray and Ruth Anne Rivers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Lee Kelly and Mary Wilson Kelly, two sisters, Mavis Kelly Goss, and Amy Kelly Lee, and brothers, Roy Lee Kelly, Jr., Preston Kelly, Sr., Mervin C. Kelly, and Billy Mack Kelly. He is survived by Wife, Daughter, two Granddaughters; and one brother Robert O. (Bob) Kelly of Aberdeen, sisters-in-law Fairy Wilson Kelly of Itta Bena, MS, Jean Dodd Kelly of Schlater, MS, Hannalore Habicht Kelly of Flora, MS, Rose Mimms, of Greenwood, MS, Patricia Colson of Gulfport, MS, and Rebecca McLarand of Newport Beach, CA. Brothers-in-law Alton Goss of Greenwood, MS, Doyle Lee of Greenwood, MS and Joseph Wheat of Savannah, GA and many nieces and nephews. Jim was a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and enjoyed his annual spring reunion with fraternity brothers every spring. He was a retired special agent of the US Treasury Department. He enjoyed tennis, gardening and spending time with his family. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Close friends and family knew of his kindness, love of life and his endless sense of humor. Jim was very respected and loved by those who knew him. Those desiring may make contributions to the Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinsons research. A Memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 29 at Chamblee First United Methodist Church in Chamblee, Georgia with Dr. Reverend Royeese Stowe officiating. The family will receive friends after the service in the Fellowship Hall. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200
Published in The Atlanta Journal-
[December 14, 2010] Newsletter available on line in member's section/dues notices
The Fall Newsletter is now available on line in the Member's section of the website. Dues notices have been mailed to you and are due by January 1, no later than January 31st.
[December 01, 2010] Potential Retiree Benefit Cuts
NARFE Legislative Hotline, number 738, released Wednesday, December 1st, 2010. This edition urges all NARFE members to act immediately before the Fiscal Commission votes on December 3rd. The next scheduled Hotline is set for Friday, December 10th. (525 words; 3:21)
Fiscal Commission Co-Chairs’ Proposal: The final report of the Fiscal Commission issued December 1st contains proposals to cut federal civilian and military retirement by 70 billion over 10 years, shift health premium costs to federal retirees, freeze federal pay and reduce the federal workforce by 10 percent. The final report, including the federal retirement and health benefits cuts, will be voted by the 18 Commission members on Friday, December 3. Several Commission members have announced plans to vote for the report, a few to oppose and others remain undecided. Because of the unfair cuts to federal retirement and health benefits and employee compensation NARFE President Joseph Beaudoin asks each NARFE member, especially those who acted recently, to contact their own Representative and both Senators. Due to the urgency we must employee electronic mail and telephone calls. President Beaudoin urges members to use the Legislative Action Center to deliver an updated message. The NARFE TOLL FREE number for the Capitol switchboard is listed below with a brief message to be delivered to every Member of Congress.
Legislative Action Center: The Commission Report, more draconian than the Co-chair’s proposal, will receive expedited consideration in the Senate and House during the December “lame duck” session if it gets 14 of the 18 Commission votes. With such high stakes, NARFE President Joseph Beaudoin implores each NARFE member to immediately send NARFE’s just updated message to the current Members of Congress. The Legislative Action Center allows this to be done easily. The link to use is: http://capwiz.com/narfe/issues/alert/?alertid=19504726
[October 08, 2010] Chicago Chapter update and correction
Quarterly Luncheon, 3rd Friday of Jan. April, July and Oct, 12:00 Noon
Emmet's Ale House, 5200 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL. For further information contact Gerard Dupczak, 773-316-0893 or e-mail
[June 11, 2010] New Links- retirement info and IAAR link
I have added two links, one is Tammy Flannagan's National Institute of Transition Planning which has dealt with many Federal retirement issues. This is under the retirement links.
The other is a link to the International Association of Asset Recovery. This link also includes information about an upcoming seminar in London and one in Las Vegas, with special rates for AFSA members. This is in the Professional Organizations section.
[June 03, 2010] Changing your member profile
When you change your member profile it is submitted to the executive director and will not appear to be changed until it is reviewed and approved. We are implementing a change that will state that your profile change was submitted on the website and will generate an email to your primary registered email address when it is approved. Until then, no need to put it in over and over, be patient, I'm getting to them as quickly as possible.