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Brother and Sisters,

One of the current legislative issues we’re working on is the 10% IRS tax penalty for annuity distributions before age 55.

Under current Internal Revenue Code, TITLE 26, Subtitle A, CHAPTER 1, Subchapter B, PART II, 72(t)(10)(A), qualified public safety employees may begin distributions of their governmental retirement plans without penalty at age 50 rather than 55.

Unfortunately, the definition of ‘public safety employee’ under 72(t)(10)(B) is inconsistent with other sections of Internal Revenue Code. Because of this inconsistency, Bureau of Prisons staff who are eligible to retire at 50 years of age after 20 years of service, or at any age younger than 55 after 25 years of service, would be penalized if they attempted to draw on their entitled TSP annuity upon retirement.

BOP staff are already covered by properly worded definitions of "public safety officer" in Internal Revenue Code; for example, the IRS rule on tax exemptions for insurance premiums for retired public safety officers uses a definition that covers BOP staff.  The exact same definition is used for the Public Safety Officer's Death Benefits section of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act.

We are seeking a House and/or Senate bill that will correct this oversight.

This inconsistency could be easily remedied by amending the definition of ‘public safety employee’ under 72(t)(10)(B) by replacing the current paragraph with language similar to that of 42 U.S.C. 3796b (9)(A) or 42 U.S.C., Chapter 145, 15204, definitions of ‘public safety officer’ consistently used elsewhere in Internal Revenue Code and greater law.

The two U.S.C. references that have appropriate language that could be mirrored in 72(t)(10)(B) state the following:

42 U.S.C. 3796b (6) and (9)(A)

(9) "public safety officer" means—

(A) an individual serving a public agency in an official capacity, with or without compensation, as a law enforcement officer, as a firefighter, as a chaplain, or as a member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew;

(6) "law enforcement officer*" means an individual involved in crime and juvenile delinquency control or reduction, or enforcement of the criminal laws (including juvenile delinquency)., including, but not limited to, police, corrections, probation, parole, and judicial officers;

and

42 U.S.C., Chapter 145, 15204

(1) Public safety officer

The term "public safety officer" means a person serving a public agency, with or without compensation, as a firefighter, law enforcement officer, or emergency services officer, as determined by the Attorney General. For the purposes of this paragraph, the term "law enforcement officer" includes a person who is a corrections or court officer or a civil defense officer.

We’ve drafted a single-page issue paper on this issue. The leadership of the Council agrees that this is probably the most achievable legislative issue we have on the burner. We have conducted a mass mailing to congressional offices to increase awareness and participation in resolving the issue.

*(Employees’ of the Federal Bureau of Prisons are sworn law enforcement officers pursuant to Title 18 section 3050; their law enforcement retirement is covered in 5 Code of Federal Regulations, section 842.208.)

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Legislative Issues Update – December 29th, 2010

 

Aloha, Brothers and Sisters:

As you all probably know, we are currently facing some of the most vicious anti-federal employee sentiments in the last 50 years or more; at a time when we should be focusing on pepper spray, firearms storage, and other staff safety issues, we find ourselves fighting for our pay, benefits and retirement.

The bi-partisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform that was appointed by President Obama came up with the following strategies to help reduce the deficit on the backs of the Federal Workforce. Ultimately, the three-year pay freeze proposal was adopted in the form of a ‘compromise’ two-year government wide pay freeze, endorsed by both sides of the House and Senate and the Obama Administration; since we are likely to experience inflation and an increase in the consumer price index (CPI) over the next two years, this will have the same result as a pay cut. It is also expected that the health care premiums for Federal Employees will rise up to 7% over the same period. We are going to have a major fight on our hands to keep the rest of the wish list from becoming reality. Here are the original proposals from the Commission that will have the most impact on our membership, if adopted:

Impose a three-year pay freeze on federal workers and Defense Department civilians.

If adopted, this proposal would institute a three-year government-wide freeze on federal pay at every government agency, including the Department of Defense civilian workforce. The Commission believes that this proposal will save $20.4 billion in 2015.

Reduce the size of the federal workforce through attrition.

Over time, the Commission recommends cutting the government workforce – including civilian defense – by 10 percent, or by 200,000. As part of the transition to a smaller, more efficient workforce, this would mean hiring only two new workers for every three who leave service. The Commission believes that this proposal will save $13.2 billion in 2015.

Reduce federal travel, printing, and vehicle budgets.

The Commission proposes prohibiting each agency from spending more than 80 percent of its FY 2010 travel budget and requiring them to do more through teleconferencing and telecommuting. We also recommend a 20 percent reduction in the nearly $4 billion annual federal vehicle budget, excluding the Department of Defense and the Postal Service. Additionally, we recommend allowing certain documents to be released in electronic-only form, and capping total government printing expenditures. This proposal will save $1.1 billion in 2015.

Pilot premium support through FEHB Program.

The language in Commission report calls for "transforming the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) into a defined contribution premium support plan that offers federal employees a fixed subsidy that grows by no more than GDP plus 1 percent each year."

What does this mean? Instead of paying a percentage of average premiums charged by the insurance companies as is currently the case, the government would provide a fixed amount of cash each year that employees could use to buy insurance on their own.

Why is this a "cut" to FEHBP? Under the current system, when premiums go up by 10%, the government’s contribution goes up by around 10%. The FEHBP financing formula requires the government to pay 72% of the weighted average premium, but no more than 75% of any given plan’s premium. Under this proposal, the government’s "defined contribution" or voucher would go up by an amount totally unrelated to the rise in premiums. For example, between 2010 and 2011, FEHBP premiums went up by an average of 7.2%, and so did the government’s contribution. If the voucher proposal would have been in effect, the government’s "contribution" or voucher would have gone up by GDP + 1%. Last year’s GDP growth was 2.5%. Adding an additional percentage point to that and the voucher would have risen by 3.5%.

Review and reform federal workforce retirement programs.

The Commission recommends the creation of a federal workforce entitlement task force to re-evaluate civil service and military health and retirement programs and recommend savings of $70 billion over ten years. Examples of program design reforms that the task force should consider include:

Use the highest five years of earnings to calculate civil service pension benefits for new retirees (CSRS and FERS), rather than the highest three years prescribed under current law, to bring the benefit calculation in line with the private sector standard.

(Proposed savings of $500 million in 2015, $5 billion through 2020)

Defer Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for retirees in the current system until age 62, including for civilian and military retirees who retire well before a conventional retirement age. In place of annual increases, provide a one-time catch-up adjustment at age 62 to increase the benefit to the amount that would have been payable had full COLAs been in effect.

(Proposed savings of $5 billion in 2015, $17 billion through 2020)

Adjust the ratio of employer/employee contributions to federal employee pension plans to equalize contributions.

(Proposed savings of $4 billion in 2015, $51 billion through 2020)

Kentucky Senator-elect Rand Paul said last Monday that he wants to attach spending cuts to every major piece of legislation that comes before the Senate next year. "I think that every piece of major legislation that goes forward from now on needs to have attached to it spending cuts," Paul said. I suspect that we haven’t seen the last of the Commission proposals listed above; in fact, I think that this is only the beginning. We need to gear up for this fight.

In Unity!

Michael Meserve

National Legislative Coordinator

Council of Prison Locals

AFGE, AFL-CIO

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Spending bill freezes agency budgets, employee pay

The House Wednesday evening approved a $1.093 trillion continuing resolution for the rest of fiscal year 2011 that would freeze the pay of federal non-military employees for two years and cap discretionary spending at the fiscal 2010 level.

The measure, approved 212-206, now goes to the Senate, where Democrats are expected to try to replace the CR with an omnibus spending package that would include all 12 annual spending bills. The omnibus would include member-directed funding, or earmarks, while the CR does not include any earmarks.

The House catchall spending measure, introduced Wednesday, caps agencies' operating budgets at $1.1 trillion for fiscal 2011, level with last year's budget. The bill also includes a 1.4 percent pay raise for military personnel but freezes federal civilian salaries for two years, in line with President Obama's proposal last week to hold to hold nonmilitary pay steady for 2011 and 2012. Workers still would be eligible for promotions and step increases.

The legislation does increase funding for veteran and military health care programs, however. The Defense Department would receive an additional $4.9 billion, including $1.56 billion to cover cost increases in its health initiatives. Veterans' programs would see a $3.7 billion boost.

Appropriators also granted agencies the power to transfer funds, with congressional approval, to avoid furloughs or workforce reductions and to support necessary programs. Another provision pushes forward Alaska's and Hawaii's transition to separate locality pay areas as required under the 2009 Non-Foreign Area Retirement Equity Assurance Act.

The Social Security Administration would receive $440 million above its fiscal 2010 budget. The bill adjusts funding to allow the agency to maintain staffing levels necessary to reduce the backlog of benefits applications and pending appeals.

Union leaders expressed frustration at the provisions included in the bill.

"While federal employees are mindful of the difficult economic challenges facing our country and willing to do their part to address it, it is wrong to single out this one group for sacrifice, particularly when the nation's wealthiest will apparently be receiving a deficit-exploding tax cut," National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley said.

American Federation of Government Employees National President John Gage called the proposal arbitrary and foolish.

"This really puts federal employees between a rock and a hard place," he said. "Agencies can't operate at all without a budget, but the spending freezes in this bill will make it even harder for employees to get their jobs done."

Senate lawmakers are working on a separate measure that provides additional funding. According to an Associated Press report, the House could take up the proposal on Wednesday. Congress has not approved any individual appropriations bills for fiscal 2011.

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The House Appropriations Committee has released its 423-page FY 2011 Year-Long Continuing Resolution (CR). This year-long CR freezes FY 2011 discretionary appropriations at the FY 2010 level, providing $45.9 billion less than the FY 2011 Obama budget request.

The CR, however, includes exceptions to that freeze – actual funding increases above FY 2010 levels - to deal with workload demands and avoid employee furloughs. I’m pleased to say that the CR (on page 29) provides FY 2011 funding increases for both the BOP Salaries and Expenses (S&E) account and the BOP Buildings and Facilities (B&F) account:

         FY 2011 funding for BOP S&E account:  $6,472,726,000, which is $386,495,000 above the FY 2010 level

         FY 2011 funding for BOP B&F account: $194,155,000, which is $95,000 above the FY 2010 level

         Total FY 2011 for BOP S&E and B&F accounts:  $6,666,881,000, which is $481,495,000 above the FY 2010 level.

 

Here is a chart that details FY 2011 BOP funding as it made its way through this year’s budget process:

 

BOP Funding

 

BOP

FY 2010

Obama FY 2011 Budget

FY 2011 House CJS Subcommittee

FY 2011 Senate Appropriations Committee

FY 2011 Long-Term CR

FY 2011 Long-Term CR Increase Above FY 2010 Level

S&E

$6,086,231,000

$6,533,779,000

           *

$6,533,779,000

$6,472,726,000

+$386,495,000

B&F

      $99,155,000

   $269,733,000

           *

   $269,733,000

   $194,155,000

+$95,000,000

Total

$6,185,386,000

$6,803,512,000

$6,826,212,000

$6,803,512,000

$6,666,881,000

+$481,495,000

Per normal procedure, the House CJS Subcommittee only released publicly their total FY 2011 BOP funding level.

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AS- PJ Letter to Gene Dodaro

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

NOVEMBER 3, 2010

November 2, 2010 elections were held across the country for every House of Representatives seat and about 30 senate seats. The results are pretty much in. The Democratic Party has lost the House. The Senate will be in Democratic control but barely.

As you know, over the last few years we began to rebuild our staffing levels. Under the previous administration, we had lost 2,300 positions. If the 2011 appropriations bills pass, we will be on pace to have reversed the 2,300 positions lost and add another 1,000 positions.

The first comments from the probable Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, is to return to the Fiscal Year 2008 budget. If passed, our budget for 2011 will be 6.8 billion dollars. If we return to FY 2008, it will be 5.1 billion dollars.

Each of you should contact your Congressman or Congresswoman "elect" and start the education process now on your particular prison. You need to make them understand that cutting 1.7 billion out of federal prisons is not possible, safe, or acceptable.

As we have lost the Chairmanship of the Oversight and Government Reform committee, we don’t know if we can still fix the Temporary Employee issues, the WS night differential, the WS locality issues, or several other pending corrections. Prior to the election, the Republican party had put votes up in the House and Senate to freeze federal pay, to eliminate our Social Security Supplement to our early retirement, to change our high 3 to a high 5 calculation and eliminate official time.

The Commerce, Justice, Science subcommittee on Appropriations, where we had the privilege to testify up to 1 hour 40 minutes this year, will change Chairman. We don’t know what our funding will look like, but, if the Republican Party decides to do an across the board cut to the 2008 level we will be in big trouble.

Will they do these things in the majority? We just don’t know. Again, it will be up to you in the field to educate new members of the House and Senate. If you don’t, we lose.

When we see how the House will be set up (they may move committees around and jurisdictions) and see who the Chairman/women will be, we will get that out.

My recommendation to the Locals is they each go and meet with their Congressman or Women elect and get them into your facility quickly. We need each and every one of them on our side moving forward.

Please keep the Council informed on how this goes and what you are hearing locally.

Phil Glover

National Legislative Coordinator

Acting NERVP

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COUNCIL OF PRISON LOCALS

AFGE

LEGISLATIVE ISSUES, OCTOBER 2010

 

CONTINUING RESOLUTION- Congress recently passed a C.R. funding the government through December 3, 2010. This C.R. did not provide anomaly language for the Federal Bureau of Prisons to spend at the FY 2011 rate of funding. Unfortunately, this means the opening of two (2) federal prisons, the purchase of Thomson, IL (adding 1,600 high security beds), and the addition of 1,800 correctional workers will now be put off for at least 3 months. The inmate population will continue to rise the next few months whether Congress or the White House funds us as needed for health and safety reasons.  When Congress returns and deals with the FY 2011 funding for the remainder of the year, we must have the full White House funding level of 6.8 billion dollars. If there are any further C.R.’s, or in any OMNIBUS appropriations package, the full amount needs to be provided to safely operate federal prisons.

 

BUILDING AND FACILITIES- with the passage of this C.R., additional funding to repair older prison infrastructure is not available. Thirty-seven (37) federal prisons are over fifty (50) years of age and many need upgraded systems to run appropriately.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY ITEMS- H.R. 1990, a bill to provide pepper spray (as a pilot program) has not passed the House and Senate. We respectfully request it be included in any bills considered and passed in the final session in December.  Over the last few years, our bargaining unit employees have seen more serious, aggressive assaults. We have no defensive weapons against these attacks. It is unbelievable that County Jails, many State Correctional facilities, Police officers, and Shopping Mall Security can carry pepper spray for defense, but Federal Correctional Officers cannot. This must be addressed before another Correctional Officer is murdered in the line of duty by inmates.

 

 

 

 

 

FEDERAL PRISON INDUSTRIES- The union received notice that nine (9) FPI factories would be closed and eleven (11) others would be downsized. This is due to changes made in contracting rules in the 2004 National Defense Authorization Act, the slow down in war spending, and the overall economy. Congress must address this issue. At one point over 23,000 inmates were working daily in FPI. That number has dropped to 16,000 inmates. Idle inmates create security problems at federal prison facilities. We must find other productive activities for inmates. With reduced staffing levels and possibly a freeze on hiring through the C.R. period, this will only get worse. We have requested to “repatriate” work from overseas that is no longer done in the United States, we have requested tools to partner with private sector businesses and labor to teach inmates trades and have some work opportunities when they leave prison.

 

NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE EMPLOYEES-            H.R. 6319 has been filed by Congressman Chris Carney and Congressman Mark Critz to “waive” the annuity repayment provisions in Title 5 for those serving on long deployments overseas since 2001. Please co-sponsor this legislation and pass it during the final bills put to the floor at the end of session. These men and women deserve our support and paying more money to retire at their appropriate start date is an easy way to show that support.

 

TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES- on June 30, 2010 a hearing was held regarding temporary hiring in the federal sector. This hearing highlighted the fact many Law Enforcement Employees were hired in temporary status and can not buy back their annuity. Prior to 1989, employees could buy back their annuity. We are requesting congress return to the prior language so Law Enforcement Employees can buy back this time and retire at their appropriate dates. There are over 6,200 employees who have been hired in Bureau of Prisons since 1989 that should be able to take advantage of this change.

 

If there are any questions on these or other legislative issues, please contact:

 

Phil Glover, National Legislative Coordinator, Council of Prison Locals, AFGE

GloverL3951@aol.com or on cell phone at 814-243-6764.

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Dear Members,
 
Last week GAO conducted an interview with Bryan Lowry, and I on Correctional Worker Health and Safety based on a request to GAO by Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). See the first Attachment. 
 
The second attachment are the questions Bryan and I answered during a phone conference which lasted for about 2 hours last week.
 
Our primary focus was on pepper spray issuance, the current ineffectiveness of vest policy, assigning two officers in the housing units at administrative and high security prisons (to start), overcrowding, FPI downsizing, LEOSA, etc.....
 
These GAO representatives are now going to conduct site visits at various prisons, starting in Allenwood next week. We hope they get an eye and earful and that this study opens additional avenues that create's overdue and necessary change.
 
Phil

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House & Senate Judiciary Committees

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House & Senate Appropriations Committees

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House Ways & Means Committee & The Senate Finance Committee

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Committee On Veteran's Affairs

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Union Subcommittee Testimony

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Topics to discuss with Council of Prison Locals

Meeting: Tuesday July 20, 2010. 1 p.m. EST

 

CPL’s Role in Correctional Officer Safety Issues

         How the union advocates for and works with Bureau of Prisons (BOP) on policy issues, particularly as they relate to policies to ensure corrections officers’ (CO) safety.

         The top priorities for CO safety (policies, procedures, equipment, less-lethal munitions)

         Strengths and weaknesses of the current CO safety measures at BOP facilities.

         Research or evidence on the effectiveness of various CO safety measures.

         Any information on state Departments of Corrections staff safety measures and how they vary from the BOP safety measures.

         Potential additional safety practices BOP could adopt and any information on costs or other factors to consider in doing so

 

Information on Council of Prison Locals

         Structure of Council of Prison Locals & how the organization interacts with COs.

         Sources of information and data posted on CPL website (eg. homepage chart of violent incidents) and usage of BOP data.

 

Next Steps

         Suggestions for other organizations or individuals with expertise on this issue for us to contact. 

         Recommendations for site visits including specific locations, facility characteristics, and what to look out for

         Thoughts on GAO conducting a survey of BOP management and/or corrections officers.

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CPL UPDATE ON LEGISLATIVE AND POLITICAL ACTION

As the Legislative and Political Coordinator for the CPL, I have tried to give locals through messages and at meetings of the Council, reasons to go and work for the Labor movement during the election process. While some locals respond, others don’t seem at all interested.

Many view these items through personal identity politics. As a union representative, I try to see the election of candidates and incumbents through what our membership has asked for. Safety, security, better pay, better benefits are what I “score” a politician on. The CPL stays away from “social issues” that drive the electorate. We have to because we would never get a consensus on that.

Instead, we have focused on what elected officials have done or what candidates have pledged to do. So far this primary season, we have taken some lumps. In the first big primary, West Virginia democratic voters denied Chairman Mollohan of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, (our funding committee in the house) the chance to run for another term. Chairman Mollohan since taking over the committee in early 2007 has focused on staffing levels and safety in prisons. He has put in hundreds of millions of dollars in additional money to help our membership stay safe at work. The Chairman and his staff took a personal interest in safety at USP Hazelton both questioning the Director and the Warden about their plans to create a safer work environment there. But, the voters in the district decided to go a different direction. This will be a challenge for the Council.

The other loss for us is in the Senate. Senator Arlen Specter always supported federal prison workers. He understood the issues we faced and tried to help. He directly solicited for more funding throughout the Bush Administration and has questioned the current Attorney General about safety issues at public hearings and during private meetings. As Chairman of the full Judiciary Committee and as ranking member he listened to us. When he took over the Chairmanship of the Crime Subcommittee this past year, he requested GAO study the BOP’s safety policies and their inaction on the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act.  While PA Democratic voter’s decided on Congressman Sestak as the nominee for the upcoming Senate race, it will be difficult to find a more dedicated person on our health and safety.

As we move forward into this election season. I am hopeful our members will get involved. They need to as the direction these elections take directly affects our jobs. Whether we get more resources to handle the upcoming increases in the inmate population, or if we get the tools necessary to fight off aggressive, assaultive inmates depend on who runs the Congress and who the Chairman of committee’s are.

You, the member, are the best person to carry our message to a candidate. If you work for them, you can influence their thinking on your work environment. We ask that you do just that. I think you should ask any candidate or current member of Congress a few questions:

1.     Do you support increased funding for prison staffing?

2.     Do you support the rights of our union to bargain for safer prisons?

3.     Do you support building prisons to decrease the overcrowding that is topping 50 percent in some security levels?

4.     Do you support reasonable sentencing changes to make the prison system safer?

These are questions, when you go in to help the re-election of a current

Member of Congress or a candidate will tell you right away their views on law enforcement issues.

            It is vital that our members help elect or re-elect supporters of prison safety. While it might not be something you are used to doing, each of us can find a way to help. Just go to the campaign office and ask what you can do, but first, meet the candidate, meet with one of his senior staff and ask these questions.

            If you need help, contact your Local President, you’re Regional Vice President or contact the CPL. We would be happy to work with you.

 

In Unity,

 

Phil Glover

National Legislative Coordinator

Council of Prison Locals

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States report saving 640,000 jobs through Recovery Act
 

State and local governments reported saving or creating more than 640,000 jobs through grants, loans and contracts issued by the Recovery Act, according to data released on Friday.

The long-awaited figures reflect the most detailed accounting to date of the effect of the $787 billion economic stimulus. Data released earlier this month covered a small slice of Recovery spending encompassing only federal contracts.

At a Friday afternoon news conference, Vice President Joe Biden said 640,329 jobs were directly created or saved through approximately $160 billion in stimulus spending, including 325,000 jobs in education and more than 80,000 in construction. In total, the administration will spend $275 billion in grants, contracts and loans that must be reported to a federal Web site, Recovery.gov.

The administration calculates that an additional 400,000 jobs were saved or created through induced or indirect stimulus spending not reported by recipients. The White House has pledged to save or create 3.5 million jobs by the time the effects of the stimulus are complete.

"This is another encouraging sign of progress following yesterday's news that the economy has begun to grow again for the first time in more than a year, but the president and I will not be satisfied until monthly reports show net job growth," Biden said. "We are working every day to create more jobs, and we will continue to report on our progress doing so with the Recovery Act in the same transparent way we did today."

Recovery.gov was updated on Friday afternoon with more than 130,000 new recipient and subrecipient filings. The overwhelming majority of this spending came from federal grants to prime and subrecipients, such as states, nonprofits and universities. Of that total, 116,675 reports covered grants; 13,080, federal contracts; and 607, loans.

California reported creating or saving more than 110,000 jobs -- the most in the nation -- through $12.5 billion in Recovery Act spending. The figure includes more than 62,000 teachers, administrators and professors, said Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"These are jobs that would have been gone if not for the Recovery Act," he said.

A report released on Friday by administration officials found that the states with the highest unemployment rates nationwide reported 25 percent more jobs created and saved per capita than the country as a whole. Those states generally received the highest percentage of Recovery funds.

The data showed that the majority of funded stimulus projects either has not started yet or is less than 50 percent complete.

The administration's data was immediately disputed by the Republican National Committee, which said the figures "cannot be trusted" and were manufactured "out of thin air."

Recipient reports originally were expected to be filed by Oct. 10. But the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board extended the deadline by 10 days to accommodate states that were issuing their reports in bulk. The data shows that roughly 9,000 reports were issued during that extended period.

During the past 10 days, board officials said, agencies and recipients have been working to improve the accuracy of the reports. Although agencies can highlight missing or erroneous information, only recipients can change the reports. No further changes will be allowed until the next reporting period begins on Jan. 1, 2010.

In a nod to transparency and good-government advocates who have been dissatisfied with the accessibility and usability of Recovery.gov, the site now allows users to search for the first time by recipient name, contractor or agency.

"Quite frankly, we are listening to our users, and are making changes and adding new features as fast as we can," Recovery Board Chairman Earl Devaney said in comments posted Friday on Recovery.gov.

Another new tool allows citizens to search their state to find the total number of contracts, grants and loan recipient awards. The public also will be able to download a list of recipients that failed to submit their spending reports on time as well as files containing the history of any changes recipients made in their reports after Oct. 10.

Friday's extensive data release was the second this month detailing stimulus spending. On Oct. 15 recipients of federal contracts reported saving or creating 30,000 jobs.

Those figures were called into question this week. An Associated Press investigation found that the job totals were overstated by at least 5,000 and some recipients had made serious errors in their reports. For example, a Colorado company that claimed to have created more than 4,200 positions now acknowledges that the figure is less than 1,000.

Ed DeSeve, a senior adviser to the president for Recovery Act implementation, said the mistakes were expected and have since been fixed. Recovery.gov now shows that 30,908 jobs were saved or created through federal contracts. The site shows that nearly 4,000 late reports on federal contract spending have been received since the Oct. 15 data release. Those new reports on job creation apparently offset the reductions that DeSeve said were made to the old data.

DeSeve said the new data has "been reviewed for weeks, errors have been spotted and corrected, and additional layers of review by state and local governments have further improved the data quality. As a result, whatever problems the early and partial data had, the full data to be posted on Friday will provide the American people with an accurate, detailed look at the early success of the Recovery Act."

Nonetheless, Friday's reports still provide an incomplete accounting of Recovery Act spending. The figures do not include spending through tax cuts and direct payments to individuals such as Pell Grants and unemployment compensation. Recipients also were not required to report on jobs that might have been created indirectly, such as suppliers to a construction company.

"The spending represented by the recipient reports only represents one part of the Recovery Act and will not include jobs that are created or saved by other Recovery Act provisions, nor will they include re-spending and upstream supplier jobs," said John Irons, research and policy director for the Economic Policy Institute.

The nonpartisan think tank said that while the reports are a substantial step forward, the quality and integrity of the data remains flawed because of the different job creation methodologies recipients are using.

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President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act yesterday
afternoon.  The Act contains several retirement changes which include:


*   Credit for sick leave in the computation of FERS annuities is
effective at 50% immediately and 100% in 2014.

*   Provision allowing former federal employees under the FERS who
withdrew their contributions to the retirement trust fund, thereby
waiving retirement credit for those years of service, to redeposit their
earlier contributions, plus interest, upon reemployment with the federal
government is effective immediately.

*   A change in CSRS part-time computation (going to a single deemed
high-3) is effective immediately.

*   A change of the ending date for periods of service under CSRS that
can be redeposited by actuarial reduction (instead of for separations
prior to 10/1/90 it will be for separations prior to 3/1/91) is
effective immediately.

*   The less-than-full-time dual comp reemployed annuitant provision
authorizes federal agencies to reemploy retired federal employees under
certain limited conditions, without offset of an employees' annuity
against their salary is available for agencies to use effective
immediately.

*   Provisions phasing out cost of living allowances for federal
employees working in Hawaii, Alaska, and other non-foreign U.S.
territories, and phasing in locality comparability pay in place of the
allowance affecting retirement take effect next year.

*   The provisions allowing certain previously non-creditable D.C.
Government employment to be creditable for title but not annuity
computation are effective immediately.

OPM has stated they will provide additional information and guidance as
soon as possible.  The Consolidated Benefits Unit will forward
information once it becomes available from OPM. 

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

2009 COUNCIL OF PRISON LOCALS  

POST CONVENTION

 

          As we left the 2008 convention we moved forward on health and safety issues, elections, and bringing attention to BOP problems. We have worked on grassroots development, media, paid media, U-tube related messaging, electronic petitions, paper fax petitions and letters and legislative meetings and contacts.

          Elections matter. We talked about this with you during the 2008 convention. On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. Labor played a key role in this victory.  This doesn’t mean we get everything we want. We still have to work through the Congress and through the White House to move issues that benefit correctional workers, but, the door has now opened for us to go in. 

We are not where we want to be yet, but, we are moving in the right direction. Since the election the following steps have been taken:

        In December 2008, CPL President Bryan Lowry, National Legislative Coordinator Phil Glover, AFGE COS Brian Dewyngert, Legislative and Political Director Beth Moten, Lobbyist Alan Kadrofske and others met with a transition team member for the Justice Department. This is the first such meeting in the CPL’s history. We walked through many issues.

 

 

 

 

        February 2009, President Obama reversed former President Bush and mandated that federal construction contracts have continuation clauses that keep union labor on board.  

 

        February 2009, selected Carol Waller Pope Chair of the FLRA, after Bush appointee, Dale Cabaniss resigned. Soon after, positive decision from FLRA on Council wide FLRA case regarding elimination of merit promoted positions without bargaining, clearly states agency must bargain.

 

        February 2009, Eric Holder sworn in as Attorney General

 

        February 2009, CPL and AFGE holds Candlelight vigil for fallen officer Jose Rivera at AFGE Legislative Conference.

 

        March 2009, President Obama fired entire Bush Federal Services Impasses Panel. Hasn’t named new members yet.

 

 

        March 2009, AFGE NP Gage passes a resolution at the AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting for full funding of Bureau of Prisons and its correctional staffing.

 

        March 2009, Council President Bryan Lowry and National Legislative Coordinator Phil Glover testified to the Commerce, Justice, Science subcommittee on appropriations, House of Representatives. Given over 1 hour and 40 minutes to present our issues and answer questions thanks to Chairman Alan Mollohan, D-WV.

 

        June 2009, President Obama picks two more union background selections for the FLRA.

 

 

 

        June 2009, CPL and AFGE hold press conference at National Press Club on Health and Safety issues including the recently released BOI report on Jose Rivera’s murder.

 

        July 2009, CPL President Bryan Lowry, FPC Mike Castelle, NLC Phil Glover, AFGE NP John Gage, GCO Mark Roth, Asst. GCO Andy Grajales meet with members of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General staff. First such meeting in over 8 years.

 

        July 2009, AFGE and CPL initiate an “online petition” with copies going to each U.S. Senator, each U.S. House member and the Attorney General as of August 11, 2009 there have been 2975 petitions sent out of almost 20,000 members.  

 

        July 2009, CPL President Bryan Lowry meeting one on one with AG staff.

 

        July 2009, President Obama selects Merit System Protection Board Chair Tsui Grundmann (former NFFE GCO) and Deputy Chair Anne Wagner (former AFGE Assistant GCO).

 

        July 2009, National Legislative Coordinator Phil Glover testifies at a hearing on Oversight to the Crime Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee.

 

        August 2009, Obama administration issued new direction on contracting out decisions. This directs agencies to look at inherently governmental work, how much contracting is costing, how to bring the work back “in-house”.

 

The above list is not all inclusive of items going on. Many of us have been on capitol hill lobbying for funding and other matters related to our health and safety. We continue to push for better funding and non-lethal weapons for our use.

 

 

 

 

 

FUNDING

 

President Obama’s budget S&E request is 5,979,831,000 – which is 384,077,000 million dollars above the 2009 enacted level.

House bill S&E is 6,077,231,000 – which is 481,477,000 million dollars more than the 2009 enacted level.

Senate bill S&E is equal to the President’s request.

President Obama’s B&F request was 96,744,000 million dollars, which is below the 2009 enacted level by 479,063,000 million dollars. Both the House and Senate passed a similar amount of funding.

 

Our goal coming out of convention must be to increase this amount in any supplemental funding moving on DOD spending bills or disaster relief. The Council will put out information as we get it on when these can be moved.

 

 

The following House and Senate Bills are listed for your information:

 

S. 714- Create a National Criminal Justice Commission to review all areas of federal, state, local criminal justice costs, practices, policies. Make specific findings on incarceration, prison administration and other related items. CPL supports

 

S. 251, H.R.560- Allows BOP to jam cellphone signals in correctional facilities. CPL has reservations

 

H.R. 2450- Requires private prisons to release the same information as public prisons are required to do. CPL supports

 

H.R. 1475- Restore the former system of good time allowances toward service of federal prison terms. CPL supports

 

 

 

H.R. 1990- Pepper Spray pilot project. CPL believes this should not be a pilot. Still supports the bill to move us in the right direction.

 

S. 41- Provides a 50 hour work week. CPL does not support due to staffing problems and other problems with the bill.

 

H.R. 67- No Fear Act enhancements, CPL supports

 

H.R. 626, S. 354- provides 4 weeks of paid parental leave out of 12 weeks of FMLA. CPL supports

 

H.R. 3251- Repeal’s official time, CPL does not support

 

H.R. 958- Makes unused Sick Leave creditable for retirement. CPL supports

 

H.R. 2736, S. 924- CLEAN UP act, AFGE sponsored bill to fix contracting out. CPL supports

 

H.R. 2933- Sentencing corrections that will reduce crowding. CPL supports

 

H.R.1459- Amends the Controlled Substances Act and equalizes treatment of Crack and Powder Cocaine. CPL supports

 

H.R. 2178- Eliminates some mandatory minimum sentences. CPL supports

 

H.R. 623- Gives greater judicial discretion in sentencing on firearms offenses. CPL supports

 

In closing, we are still asking for full participation in Legislative and Political activities from all Locals of the Council. It is imperative each of you understand what is at stake in this area. We can not hope to fix the last 8 years of failed budgets and policies without all 100 plus locals getting congressional support for our issues. Our LAF (Legislative Action Fund) and PAC (Political Action Fund) donations are the worst in the federation. We must increase on these two items. When we want to send donations to certain Congressional Representative and Senator’s who have helped us, we need to raise the resources for it. AFGE will let us direct funds we raise, but, we must raise them. So, please join PAC and send in your locals LAF donations for legislative material, mailings, and activities.

 

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Norman A. Carlson
Director
GEO Group, Incorporated
Boca Raton ,  FL 
Sector: SERVICES  /  Security & Protection Services 



74 Years Old
Mr. Carlson has served as a director of GEO since 1994 and served previously as a Director of The Wackenhut Corporation. Mr. Carlson retired from the Department of Justice in 1987 after serving as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 17 years. During his 30-year career, Mr. Carlson worked at the United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth, Kansas, and at the Federal Correctional Institution, Ashland, Kentucky. Mr. Carlson was President of the American Correctional Association from 1978 to 1980, and is a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration. From 1987 until 1998, Mr. Carlson was Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota.



Director Compensation (GEO Group, Incorporated)
Fees earned or paid in cash $82,700.00 
Stock awards $36,097.00 
Option awards (in $) $0.00 
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $0.00 
Change in pension value and nondisqualified compensation earnings $0.00 
All other compensation $735,687.00 
Total Compensation $854,484.00 


Director Compensation (GEO Group, Incorporated)
Fees earned or paid in cash $60,450.00 
Stock awards $12,880.00 
Option awards (in $) $0.00 
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $0.00 
Change in pension value and nondisqualified compensation earnings $306,675.00 
All other compensation $33,839.00 
Total Compensation $413,844.00 
 
 
John M. Hurley
President, Divisional/Senior VP
GEO Group, Incorporated
Boca Raton ,  FL 
Sector: SERVICES  /  Security & Protection Services 
Officer since January 2000



60 Years Old
As GEO's Senior Vice President since 2000 and President of U.S. Corrections since late 2006, Mr. Hurley is responsible for the overall administration and management of GEO's U.S. detention and correctional facilities. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Hurley served as Warden of GEO's South Bay, Florida correctional facility. Prior to joining GEO in 1998, Mr. Hurley was employed by the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons for 26 years. During his tenure, he served as Warden at three different Bureau facilities. He also served as Director of the Bureau's Staff Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. Mr. Hurley received his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in Sociology and a Certificate in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, Washington D.C. extension campus.



Compensation
Salary $349,269.00 
Bonus $0.00 
Other Annual Compensation $0.00 
Long term incentive plan payouts $0.00 
Restricted stock awards $111,456.00 
Security underlying options $0.00 
All other compensation $6,280.00 
Option awards $ $7,161.00 
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $226,000.00 
Change in pension value and nonqualified $71,583.00 
Total Compensation $771,749.00 


Options Granted during Fiscal Year
  Option #1 Option #2 Option #3
Grant Date 05/09/2007 05/04/2006 08/05/2004
All other stock awards (# of shares of stocks or units) 12,000 9,486 - 
Number of securities underlying options -  -  4,830
Exercise or base price $ -  $ -  $18.25 
Percent of total options granted in fiscal year 0% 0% 3.4%
Grant date fair value of stock and option awards $308,940.00  $247,900.00  $ - 
Expiration date -  -  08/05/2014
Value of options potential value 5% $ -  $ -  $55,435.00 
Value of options potential value 10% $ -  $ -  $140,484.00 
Estimated future payouts under non-equity incentive plan awards (threshold $) $78,750.00  $74,475.00  $ - 
Estimated future payouts under non-equity incentive plan awards (target $) $157,500.00  $148,950.00  $ - 
Estimated future payouts under non-equity incentive plan awards (maximum $) $354,375.00  $372,375.00  $ - 
Estimated future payouts under non-equity incentive plan awards (threshold #) -  -  - 
Estimated future payouts under non-equity incentive plan awards (target #) -  -  - 
Estimated future payouts under non-equity incentive plan awards (maximum #) -  -  - 


Options Exercised
Number of securities underlying options exercisable 70,130
Number of securities underlying options unexercisable 15,027
Value of unexercised options, currently exercisable $701,601.00 
Value of unexercised options, currently unexercisable $137,154.00 


FINAL COMPENSATION $771,749.00 
 
 
Richard P. Seiter
Executive VP/Other Executive Officer
Corrections Corp of America
Nashville ,  TN 
Sector: FINANCIAL  /  Property Management 
Officer since January 2005



59 Years Old
Richard P. Seiter, age 59, has served as an Executive Vice President and our Chief Corrections Officer since January 2005. Prior to joining the Company and since 1999, Mr. Seiter served as an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Seiter has served as a Warden with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (Federal Correctional Institution, Greenville, Illinois and Federal Prison Camp, Allenwood, Pennsylvania), as chief operating officer of Federal Prison Industries and as director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Mr. Seiter has authored two textbooks on corrections, Corrections: An Introduction (2005) and Correctional Administration: Integrating Theory and Practice (2002), both published by Prentice Hall, and has served as editor of Corrections Management Quarterly. Mr. Seiter holds a B.S. in Business Administration and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Ohio State University.



Compensation
Salary $295,075.00 
Bonus $0.00 
Other Annual Compensation $0.00 
Long term incentive plan payouts $0.00 
Restricted stock awards $431,087.00 
Security underlying options $0.00 
All other compensation $37,393.00 
Option awards $ $201,739.00 
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $442,613.00 
Change in pension value and nonqualified $2,745.00 
Total Compensation $1,410,652.00 


Options Granted during Fiscal Year
  Option #1 Option #2 Option #3 Option #4 Option #5
Grant Date 02/16/2007 02/16/2007 02/15/2006 02/15/2006 02/16/2005
All other stock awards (# of shares of stocks or units) -  -  -  -  - 
Number of securities underlying options -  -  -  -  45,000
Exercise or base price $ -  $26.53  $ -  $28.54  $39.16 
Percent of total options granted in fiscal year 0% 0% 0% 0% 15.8%
Grant date fair value of stock and option awards $347,649.00  $320,892.00  $333,918.00  $324,435.00  $ - 
Expiration date -  -  -  -  02/16/2015
Value of options potential value 5% $ -  $ -  $ -  $ -  $1,108,238.00 
Value of options potential value 10% $ -  $ -  $ -  $ -  $2,808,493.00 
Estimated future payouts under non-equity incentive plan awards (threshold $) $ -  $ -  $ -  $ -  $ - 
Estimated future payouts under non-equity incentive plan awards (target $) $ -  $ -  $ -  $ -  $ - 
Estimated future payouts under non-equity incentive plan awards (maximum $) $ -  $ -  $ -  $ -  $ - 
Estimated future payouts under non-equity incentive plan awards (threshold #) 6,552 -  5,850 -  - 
Estimated future payouts under non-equity incentive plan awards (target #) 9,828 -  8,775 -  - 
Estimated future payouts under non-equity incentive plan awards (maximum #) 13,104 -  11,700 -  - 


Options Exercised
Number of securities underlying options exercisable 45,000
Value of unexercised options, currently exercisable $261,450.00 


FINAL COMPENSATION $1,410,652.00 

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COUNCIL OF PRISON LOCALS

AFGE

UPDATED LEGISLATIVE ACTION

The Council and AFGE are working on legislative issues dealing with the terrible loss of Correctional Officer Jose Rivera and what we see some of the causes were. Our focus is staffing up the penitentiary housing units, getting protective equipment on board quickly, and making sure that all institutions are dealing with the disruptive inmates appropriately.

We continue to work on other legislative issues, such as the TSP fix, privatization and other less important things than the loss of life we just experienced. Our priority must be the stabilization of the penitentiary violence and stopping the assaults against staff.

      *HR 6462, The Jose Rivera Correctional Officer Protection Act, July 10th, 2008, filed by Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-CA). This bill mandates the purchase of stab resistant vests by the Bureau of Prisons for all correctional officers. The Council supports this legislation and would like all locals to request co-sponsors.

      *The House and Senate Appropriations Committee’s have passed FY 2009 spending bills for BOP. However, these will probably not get passed into law. With the election’s coming, it appears a Continuing Resolution will be passed at some point to fund government through next year. We are requesting Congress increase our funding in any C.R. to at least the 2009 amount which in both the House and Senate bills, are more than the White House requested.

      *On June 20th, the House and Senate passed the Emergency Supplemental Funding for Iraq, Afganistan, Veterans, Worker’s and Midwest disasters. This included 178 million in appropriations for BOP. This funding will ensure we don’t go into deficit at the end of the fiscal year and may provide a small amount of additional spending for Overtime, hiring, and equipment.

      *HR 5674, Correctional Officer Safety Act, filed by Congressman Meek (D-FL) now has 39 Co-sponsors. We are hopeful this bill, which mandates BOP to provide storage for firearms at work, will pass this year.

      *HR 6157, A bill to correct the Pension Protection Act needs a definition change under "public safety officer" to include us and fix our TSP penalty. We are working with Congressman Meek’s staff on this issue.

      *HR 1889, Private Prison Information Act, filed by Congressman Tim Holden (D-PA), the Judiciary Committee held a hearing on this June 26th, 2008. It simply makes private correctional companies give up the same information as public prisons.

      *The Council and AFGE are requesting Congressional Hearings on Correctional Officer health and safety in the coming months.

      *We are pursuing meetings with influential law makers to increase funding for increased staff at all federal institutions.

      *The CPL and AFGE continue to push media outlets for stories on our issues and solutions to the problem of overcrowded, understaffed prisons.

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UPDATE ON LEGISLATION
BOP APPROPRIATIONS FOR
FY 2009


It is to early yet to see what our final spending amounts will be for fiscal year 2009. The President requested 5.53 billion in funding for BOP in FY 2009.
The Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations subcommittee in the House of Representatives under the Chairmanship of Congressman Alan Mollohan(D-WV) has marked up a bill funding us at 5.7 billion dollars. This is 200 million more than the President's request.
In the Senate, Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), of the CJS subcommittee on appropriations just passed a 5.974 billion dollar spending amount for FY 2009. This amount is over 400 million dollars higher than the President's request.
In both of the bills we do not yet know the breakdown between Salaries and Expenses funding and Building and Facilities amounts.
We do know that getting a completed bill passed and signed into law by the President will be tough this year. All indications show we will probably end up with a Continuing Resolution into the next year. During election years, sometimes the CR's go into the following year, in our case 2009. We will keep you posted on movement with the appropriations through the process.

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UPDATED LEGISLATIVE DEVELOPMENTS

FUNDING OF BUREAU OF PRISONS

As many of you are aware, on May 15, the House of Representatives voted to include 178 million dollars to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill for additional FY 2008, Salaries and Expenses BOP funding. The vote in the House was 256 for, 166 against Amendment #3, which included spending for an enhanced GI Bill of Rights, additional unemployment compensation for those running out of benefits, and BOP funding.

The funding in the house was championed by Chairman Alan Mollohan (D-WV), Chairman David Obey (D-WI), and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD).

The Senate voted on May 22nd, for the same amendment that passed in the House. The amendment was split off of the military spending because Republican’s wanted a clean war funding bill with no domestic spending. Even though this was the case the vote on the amendment adding 178 million in BOP S&E funding, passed the Senate with a 75 for, 22 against margin.

If the bills are identical, they should be cleared and sent to the President for either Veto or signature. If they have some differences (I don’t know of any at this point) they will have to be reconciled and then voted on for final passage after the Memorial Day break which ends June 3rd. The President has stated he would veto the measure because it spends more than he wanted.

At this point, all prison locals should contact both their House and Senate representatives (the votes have been previously sent out) and ask them to override any veto by the President and pass the funding.

We also need to thank National President Gage, Legislative and Political Director Moten, and Lobbyist Alan Kadrofske for their raising our funding at every turn. Meetings were held with Speaker of the House Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer, Chairman Obey, Majority Leader of the Senate Reid, Chairman Byrd, and Chairwoman Mikulski to put this funding in the Emergency Supplemental.

While we have made contact on the FY 2009 Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies appropriations bill, after passage of the FY 2008 supplemental, we need to turn our attention to increases in funding both for operations and building new prisons starting next fiscal year.

Please keep making appointments and keep raising our issues with members of Congress as this is the only way we can be safer in the upcoming year.

In Unity,

Phil Glover

Legislative Coordinator

Council of Prison Locals, AFGE

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***First, it should be noted that National President Gage met with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer, Chairman David Obey and spoke on the phone with Senator Barbara Mikulski on our behalf (there may have been more he spoke with, but, these were the main people behind this language. Beth Moten met with Chairman Obey, Chairman Mollohan, Senator Reid and other's staff as well. I say this because this was a big push and I want you all to understand the help we received. Of course many of us met with our legislator's and pushed for the funding also, but, it is good when the folks at the top understand the importance of our issues.
 
The House placed 178 million dollars into the Supplemental Funding bill for BOP funding. This would get us through the year without too much pain. We are still not in great shape and will have to push for the full 500 million for next year. The Senate bill also includes the 178 million dollar language.
 
I have contacted Senator's Durbin, Biden, Specter, Casey, Schumer, Kennedy, Mikulski and Congressman Murtha, Mollohan, Carney, Shuster, Scott, Conyer's, staff and asked them to support keeping this language in any final package. Please do the same with your members of Congress and the Senate.
 
My understanding is President Bush has threatened a veto of this bill because he doesn't like the additional items for housing and entitlements for veterans education benefits. At this point he has not mentioned vetoing this because of prison spending.
 
Our issue now is if the bill passes with our language in tact, and he veto's it, we will need to mobilize. As much as we are mobilizing on this gun bill, we will need everyone to mobilize on the funding measure. Our fight will be to keep our language in any compromise bill that is redrafted due to a presidential veto.
 
The House is supposed to vote on this May 14th. With the Senate following either the same day or the next day. That is the schedule right now. It could change at a moments notice.
 
When a full bill is placed on Thomas.gov for review I will get it out to you.
 
I believe the BOP and DOJ want the funding but I don't know what the Office of Management and Budget is going to say about it yet.
 
Please feel free to send this to your Presidents. I will forward to the legislative coordinators. They may want to contact their representatives now and ask them to keep this language in any version of the supplemental spending bill for FY 2008.
 
I hope this brings you up to date.
 
Phil Glover

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POLITIC’S AND LEGISLATIVE ACTION

WHAT WE MUST FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO.

Many of us who have served on the Council and now  work for the Council have been trying for years to figure out how to motivate our membership. We need members to participate in campaigns, in legislative action and generally in our locals. Yet, we can’t seem to connect our members to how putting people in office helps their work lives.

Take our current situation. Many in the Council would not work for our vote for Former Vice President, Al Gore, whether it was personality, or that President George W. Bush would be more fun to have a beer with, we couldn’t connect the issue of person and work life.

When President Clinton left office we were staffed at 96 % on average nationwide. We had access to the White House through AFGE and the Vice President’s office. In fact, in 1996, then National President, John Sturdivant was asked to help BOP union members when it became obvious we were under attack by management. At one point 14 percent of union official’s nationwide were either under investigation, under proposed discipline, or on "home duty". By early 1997, NP Sturdivant had gone through Vice President Gore’s office and the Attorney General (through her Deputy, Eric Holder) set up meetings with AFGE, CPL and the BOP.

This resulted in new rules on the use of home duty and many of these cases being cleaned up. We also finally had a new contract. This information was all put out prior to VP Gore running for President. Yet, we could not get prison worker’s to rally’s, we couldn’t get them to raise or buy into AFGE PAC, or even register to vote.

This happened again when in 2004, John Kerry became the nominee. Even though he pledged to stop the privatization of prisons, take staffing back to the time of President Clinton, and work to increase union rights, we couldn’t get many locals to even engage.

And so what do we have now.....14 private prisons housing federal inmates, management who pushes things like Mission Critical and Searching of Staff down are throat’s without bargaining, 86.6 percent average staffing levels, 2,300 cut’s to positions, prison construction basically at a stand still, and more inmates coming into the system.

So the question becomes how do we activate people to work on campaigns, give PAC money, register to vote, and vote for candidates who will help us?

As in every election year we are asking you to join Labor 2008. Work at the grass root’s level for candidates that support Federal Employee issues. Give PAC money or at least donate to the campaign of your choice. I started out this year supporting Senator Joe Biden, He had been the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, he is a foreign affairs expert, was a great presenter. As the primary process has moved on, he is now out. So, I have found a new candidate to support. There are three left. McCain, Clinton and Obama are who eventually will be the President of the United States. Each of them will still be sitting Senator’s after this election is over. So, please pick a candidate, take a little of your time, give a little money, and work for someone. This get’s connections going with their campaign staff and personal staff. It build’s your influence in your state. As prison worker’s we need to be on the agenda and this is a way to get there.

So please, come out and help. All of us would appreciate it.

In Unity,

Phil Glover

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

MARCH 2008

 

On Wednesday, March 5, 2008, myself, NERVP Bill Gillette and SERVP, Eric Young were in Washington holding legislative meetings. SERVP Young had gotten a meeting with Congressman Kendrick Meek (D-FL). We met with the Congressman and explained many of our issues. As a former Law Enforcement Officer he wanted to take the lead in fixing the LEOSA issues facing BOP staff. He also agreed we needed appropriate funding to be safe at work.

We then had a meeting with Congressman Chris Carney (D-PA) who has Allenwood, Caanan, and Lewisburg prisons in his district. We are working with his staff on a letter requesting additional funding and also introducing a bill to eliminate the early penalty when withdrawing our TSP, Temporary Employees buy back and the issue of the TSP board restricting transactions. This bill should be filed after the Easter recess.

From March 10-13th, Mark Sewak, VP, Local 3951 and I had legislative meetings on Capitol Hill. The agenda continues to be funding, staffing levels, assaults, FPI, TSP fix, Temporary Employee fix, TSP transactions and the LEOSA fix. We also attended, with Council President, Bryan Lowry, Western Regional VP, Tim DeBolt, and AFGE lobbyist Alan Kadrofske, the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related agencies Appropriations subcommittee hearing on March 12th at 2:00PM. The Director testified at this hearing so we were able to hear the questions and answers first hand. We will request a copy of the record.

The Director testified on March 12th and the Subcommittee Chairman, Alan Mollohan (D-WV) was obviously briefed very well on our problems. He repeatedly asked pointed questions on safety, security, assaults, funding, FPI, and specifically asked about prisons located in his home district. He pushed the Director on safe staffing levels, how many positions were needed, and kept telling the Director he was trying to help him. Ranking Member Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), asked questions about the inmate population, gangs, terrorists and our staffing. Congressman Harold Rogers (R-KY) and former Chairman of the Committee, asked questions regarding overcrowding, the age of facilities, assaults, staffing levels and specifically asked how many positions it would take this year to run a safe prison system. Of course the Director answered some of these questions directly and some not so directly.

We are working through meetings with both Appropriations Committee members and Judiciary Committee members in the House and Senate.

We met with Congressman John Murtha’s new Legislative Director. As the second ranking Congressman on the Appropriations committee we asked for him to support and push a supplemental appropriations bill to increase our 2008 funding. A follow up meeting with the Congressman’s Chief of Staff will be held in the District the week of March 24th.

After meeting with Senator Schumer’s staff at the Legislative Conference, with FCI Otisville, L-3860, they assisted us in contacting several members of the Crime and Drug Subcommittee on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

During the week, meetings were held with Senator Kennedy’s staff, second in Seniority on the Judiciary Committee. We went over the cut’s to staffing, while other Law Enforcement Agencies have increased. We discussed assaults, inmate idleness, shortage of funding and overcrowding. As the Senator also Chairs the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions we also discussed our 10 percent penalty for withdraw of TSP funds, Temporary Employee buy back, and the TSP transaction limitations put on federal employees.

A legislative conference call was held with members in the SER. AFGE staff, including Bob Nicklas and Yolanda Taylor, SERVP Eric Young and Regional Legislative Coordinator Dan Ditto participated with members of seven locals. How to increase participation in legislative activities, getting our message out, working with members of Congress in the local area all were discussed. We will be holding these calls with each region. The RVP’s have been asked for dates that may work over the next several months.

Meetings were held with AFGE, National President, John Gage to go over the legislative and media plan developed the week CPL E-board met with members of the NEC in Arkansas.

Alan Kadrofske, AFGE Lobbyist secured a meeting with staff from Senator Barbara Mikulski’s (D-MD) office, she is the Chairwomen of the Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies in the Senate. We had a long meeting with her staff and he was very versed in the issues facing BOP. They are working to approve additional funding for FY 2008 and working to ensure FY 2009 doesn’t have the problems we had this year. We will be following up with her staff and personally with her through Joe Flynn, AFGE, NVP 4th District.

Our last meeting of the week was with the Crime and Drug subcommittee staffer who runs the committee for Chairman Biden. We again went over all the issues with him and he will follow up with us in the coming weeks. All our meetings went very well and it seems many members want to support our issues.

I hope this gives you an idea of our activities the last couple of weeks and I will be updating you more as we keep moving our agenda ahead.

In Unity,

Phil Glover

Legislative Coordinator

Council of Prison Locals, AFGE

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Phil Glover's April 2, 2008 Testimony

 

Chairman Mollohan, Ranking Member Frelinghuysen and subcommittee members. My name is Phil Glover, and I am the National Legislative Director for the Council of Prison Locals, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, which represents the 28,000 bargaining unit employees in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Department of Justice. I want to thank the subcommittee for inviting us to present the viewpoint of the men and women working behind the fences and walls in secure facilities throughout the United States. In attendance today is our Council President, Bryan Lowry and members from our three of our local unions from Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Our union represents correctional officers, unit management staff, food service staff, warehouse staff, inmate systems staff, Federal Prison Industries staff, education and recreation staff, health services staff, business office staff- all of whom are considered federal law enforcement officers. All staff recieve basic correctional training and yearly refresher training. All staff recieve firearms training and self-defense training. They are good at their jobs and simply want to be supported by the President and the Congress so they are not put at unacceptable risk when reporting for duty each day.

While it is understood this hearing is about FY 2009 funding, I want to briefly mention FY 2008 and its challenges. As you know, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 cut federal prison funding by 121 million below the House’s proposal and 101 million below the President’s request. Prior to this, we knew that the President’s request for 2008 was inadequate to properly fund a safe and secure prison system. The BOP for FY 2008 is actually in a shortfall of 433 million dollars in its Salaries and Expenses account. We want to thank the committee for its recent action approving a reprogramming of 109 million dollars from DOJ. While this is a start, we remain concerned about losing any more line staff at our facilities. As it stands now, BOP may still have to look at either furloughs or lay offs of line employees to meet the funding requirements of 2008. We have already eliminated 2,300 positions between 2005 and 2007. We consolidated functions in Inmate Systems and Human Resources, we shut down four (4) federal prison camps, we cut travel, training, and equipment purchases. We have slowed the opening of new prisons and have not built prison’s to keep up with the increases of the inmate population.

Over seventy percent of the Salaries and Expense (operational) budgets at our institutions go to staffing costs. Currently, we have 39,383 authorized positions in the BOP. Actually filled positions are 34,098 as of January 2008. This is a staffing percentage of 86.6 percent. In the late 1990’s our staffing level averages at most institutions were 95 to 96 percent. It is obvious we have not kept pace with the inmate population. In fact, the inmate population since the early 1990s has increased nearly 250 percent, while staffing only increased by approximately 125 percent. While large states have inmate to staff ratio’s at 1 inmate to 3.3 staff, the BOP’s ratio is 1 inmate to 4.92 staff.

Should the Congress and the Department of Justice not be able to agree on additional reprogramming, our staffing level percentages may decrease to as low as 76 percent staffing on average at each federal prison. We also believe the OMB-approved request of 240 million dollars in reprogramming is not sufficient to keep the Bureau funded through the end of FY 2008. Each year, and this year is not looking any different, we have been placed under a continuing resolution at the end of the fiscal year. This has created a situation where we have to operate at the last fiscal years level of funding well into the new year. If this occurs again, the Congress must move our funding up in any continuing resolution to the next fiscal year’s requested amount.

Some of the reasons for the FY 2008 shortfall are as follows. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-161) provided for $5,050,440,000 for BOP operational expenses (S&E) which was only $55 million above the fiscal year 2007 enacted level of $4,995,433,000. This $55 million increase was $101 million below President Bush’s FY 2008 requested increase of $156 million, $121 million below the House’s FY 2008 recommended increase of $176 million, and 101 million below the Senate’s FY 2008 recommended increase. Other reasons for the FY 2008 shortfall were increases in inmate medical care ($45 million), agency contributions to LEO FERS retirement ($21 million), 2007 base adjustment gap ($60 million), utility cost increase ($35 million), and a pay raise adjustment ($14 million). These additional amounts were taken out of staffing our prisons and should be taken into account in any new appropriations bill.

The effect of the shortfall will again force the BOP to cut additional positions, overtime, purchasing of equipment, vehicles, and training. The BOP has already begun filling housing unit correctional posts with non-correctional officers (phone monitors, tool control officers, compound officers and others) to avoid the payment of overtime.

Inmate-on-inmate and inmate-on-staff assault levels have risen over the years to what the union believes are unacceptable levels. We are hopeful additional resources will be brought to bear in those institutions where assaults are up. We should not wait until a correctional worker is carried out of a prison as has happened twenty three times in the past. So far this year there have been 13 homicides (inmate on inmate). Last year, there were 12 homicides (inmate on inmate) total.

The President’s fiscal year 2009 request of $5,435,754,000 in Salaries and Expense funding and $95,907,000 in Buildings and Facilities funding is once again not keeping up with reality in federal prisons. It is expected we will see about the same number of new inmates into the system next year. This budget request first doesn’t take into account the bed space needs of additional inmates to lower overcrowding and doesn’t recognize that 36 of our federal prisons are 50 years of age and older. There are over 100 federal prisons. How can an average of less than $1,000,000 per prison keep them running safely? As has been pointed out by both the Director and now the union, staffing levels are not rising as fast as the inmate population and assault rates are up. While 385 million dollars increase in FY 2009 funding for the Salaries and Expenses account is better than last year, it does not take into account increases in medical, overtime, pay, health insurance, retirement, and other costs. We respectfully request a full $500 million above the President’s Salaries and Expenses request and a full $400 million dollars for the Buildings and Facilities account to repair older prisons and build some new ones.

 

Our union is strongly concerned about Section 827 of last year’s Department of Defense Authorization Act of 2008, a provision that significantly changes the Federal Prison Industries prison inmate work program. FPI is a program that produces goods and services for the federal government, some under what is called "mandatory source" and some under competitive procedures. This program was created in 1934 by Congress to help control prison inmates. The Section 827 changes to the FPI program may eliminate up to 6,500 inmates and cut 500 more correctional staff. FPI sales pay the inmates, the staff, and the costs of operating the program. If BOP were to create a program similar to it, it would cost about $800 million in Salaries and Expenses funding. We urge you and your colleagues to look at the Section 827 changes and modify them or create other opportunities for inmate work. We must keep these offenders productively occupied in order to keep federal prisons safe.

 

Our union also is concerned about the trend to privatize federal prison work. We believe the committee was on the right track last year when they eliminated funding for A-76 processes. We are hopeful this will pass the committee again. Additionally, we believe the committee should review these private prison contracts. It has been reported that private prisons are not saving taxpayers dollars. Also, if any of them show a small savings it is due to the fact that they are not required to provide the same level of programs to inmates as the federal government is. Indeed, once these private operators get the contracts, some have attempted to renegotiate for higher prices. In one case, a private prison in Youngstown, OH, received a $100,000 bonus for having no violence in a four-month period. Each federal prison in the public sector would like a program like that! Give federal employees bonuses if we keep our prisons running without violence for four months at a time and let the staff split the money. This truly needs looked at, including the revolving door of wardens and upper level managers rotating to the private prison contractors.

It is imperative that prison construction start to keep up with the population increases. We should be updating technology in current prisons adding new computers, work stations, radios, stab-proof vests, and less than lethal weapons. This should be a priority of the President and Congress to fully fund a law enforcement agency charged with keeping communities safe.

During a time when law enforcement agencies have seen huge increases, the Federal Bureau of Prisons has suffered stagnating budgets. Prisons should be seen as a part of the law enforcement system. As the government apprehends and convicts more individuals of crime, federal prisons should be built and staffed appropriately. It is projected in FY 2008 that we will receive a 7,400 net increase in the inmate population – while we put one new prison on line that will house about 1,500 medium security inmates this fiscal year. Where will the additional inmates go? Into gymnasiums, TV rooms, hallways, triple and quadruple bunking, you name it. We will put inmates everywhere.

Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, we are asking for your help. Our staffing is low, our assault rates are up and inmates continue to flood into the system. We hope you will recognize this and do all you can to increase our staffing levels at an acceptable percentage.

Thank you for your time and attention.

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BUREAU OF PRISONS: FY 2008 FUNDING PROBLEM

Summary

The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has informed the AFGE Council of Prison Locals (CPL) that BOP is facing a projected FY 2008 shortfall of $433 million in its operational "salaries and expenses" account. To help reduce this shortfall, BOP has identified $143 million in possible reductions, including delaying the opening of the new Pollock, LA prison, not replacing vehicles and equipment, eliminating overtime, reducing correctional officer training, etc.

But even with these reductions, BOP will be left with $289 million in unfunded "base" spending requirements – the majority of which are related to correctional officer staffing. BOP has told the CPL that the agency will be forced to cut 4,000 BOP correctional staff positions if BOP does not obtain an additional $289 million in FY 2008 funding via this spring’s FY 2008 supplemental appropriations bill.

Discussion

FY 2008 Shortfall

The Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2008 (P.L. 110-161), signed into law on December 16, 2007, provides $5,050,440,000 for the BOP operational "salaries and expenses" account - which is only $55 million (or 1.1%) above the FY 2007 enacted level of $4,995,433,000. This $55 million increase was $101 million below President Bush’s FY 2008 requested increase of $156 million, $121 million below the House’s FY 2008 recommended increase of $176 million, and $101 million below the Senate’s FY 2008 recommended increase.

Based on the estimated FY 2008 "base" spending requirements and the total FY 2008 funding available, BOP is projecting a $433 million shortfall in FY 2008.

Enacted FY 2008 Level $5,050,440,000

Estimated Prior Year Carryover $ 15,000,000

Estimated Reimbursements $ 32,000,000

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Total FY 2008 Funding Available $5,097,440,000

LESS Estimated FY 2008 "Base" Requirements -$5,530,273,000

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Current Estimated FY 2008 Shortfall -$ 432,833,000

To help reduce this FY 2008 shortfall, BOP has identified $143 million in possible reductions, including delaying the opening of the new Pollock, LA, not replacing vehicles and equipment, eliminating overtime, reducing training, etc. But even with these reductions, BOP will be left with $289 million in unfunded "base" spending requirements – the majority of which are related to correctional staffing. BOP has informed the AFGE Council of Prison Locals that it will be forced to cut 4,000 BOP correctional staff jobs if BOP does not obtain an additional $289 million in FY 2008 funding via this spring’s FY 2008 supplemental appropriations legislation.

FY 2005-2007 Under funding

Despite the significant increase of the "base" BOP operational spending requirements, the majority of which involve correctional officer staffing, Congress has continued – year after year – to under fund the BOP operational "salaries and expenses" account. For example:

FY 2005: Congress provided $4,627,696,000 for the BOP "salaries and expense" account, an increase of $166,439,000 (or 3.7%) over the FY 2004 level of $4,461,257,000. However, this FY 2005 appropriation was $78,536,000 less than President Bush’s FY 2005 budget request of $4,706,232,000. It also was $49,518,000 less than President Bush’s previous year (i.e. FY 2004) budget request of $4,677,214,000.

FY 2006: While lawmakers provided a FY 2006 funding increase of $259 million for the BOP "salaries and expenses" account, internal BOP documents in January 2006 demonstrated that BOP was projecting a FY 2006 shortfall of $242,700,300.

FY 2007: The final FY 2007 year-long CR included a $143 million increase in the BOP "salaries and expenses" account – and increase which failed to compensate for the FY 2006 shortfall, let alone deal with the increasing correctional officer under staffing problem.

This under funding by Congress of the BOP operational "salaries and expenses" account over the FY 2005-2007 period forced BOP to take a number of actions to streamline operations and reduce costs. These actions involved permanent changes to BOP operations which reduced costs by about $270 million over the three year period. For example, BOP: (1) eliminated over 2,300 positions, (2) closed four federal prison camps, (3) consolidated human resources functions at a central location in Grand Prairie, TX (accomplished by reducing and transferring positions from institutions, regional and central offices), and (4) consolidated inmate designation and sentence computation functions at a central location in Grand Prairie, TX (accomplished by reducing and transferring positions from institutions, regional and central offices.)

In addition, BOP made temporary annual reductions in a variety of areas such as: travel, equipment and replacement vehicle purchases, correctional officer training, etc. For the last three fiscal years (FY 2005-2007), these temporary annual reductions taken by BOP averaged more than $100 million.

FY 2008 Correctional Officer Under staffing: Bad to Worse

After all these spending reductions in FY 2005-2007, BOP is now facing $289 million in unfunded FY 2008 "base" spending requirements – the majority of which are related to correctional officer staffing. The agency will be forced to cut 4,000 BOP correctional officer staff jobs if BOP cannot obtain an additional $289 million in FY 2008 funding via the FY 2008 supplemental appropriations legislation.

BOP, however, is strongly opposed to making such deep correctional officer staffing cuts. The agency believes they would endanger the safety and security of correctional officers and prison inmates. An internal BOP document states:

"…after all the actions already taken [in FY 2005-2007], we [BOP]

are at a point where we have nothing left to cut. Over 70% of the

Salaries and Expenses’ (operational) budgets at our institutions go

to staffing costs. In addition to reducing the over 2,300 positions

mentioned above, we have had to reduce the level at which we are

able to staff positions in our institutions. In prior years, we were able

to provide funding to fill 93% of positions authorized. That level is

now down to 89-90% and is getting to the point where the safety

and security of staff and inmates could be in jeopardy."

In reality, BOP’s own data demonstrate that the current correctional officer staffing level is at 86.6% - not 89-90% - and therefore the point already has been reached where the safety and security of correctional staff and prison inmates are in jeopardy.

BOP authorized positions: 39,383

Current onboard as of the 26th pay period: -34,098

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Number of unstaffed BOP positions: 5,285

Current BOP staffing level percentage: 86.6%

But the cutting of 4,000 correctional staff personnel as a result of a $289 million shortfall in FY 2008 funding would make a bad situation even worse. Such a drastic cut would bring BOP staffing levels down to a dangerously low 76.4%.

BOP Authorized Positions: 39,383

Current Onboard as of the 26th pay period

(34,098) minus projected loss of 4,000

correctional staff personnel: -30,098

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Number of unstaffed BOP positions: 9,285

Projected BOP staffing level percentage: 76.4%

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LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE 2008

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: 
FEBRUARY 2008

 

The Council just completed AFGE's Legislative Conference week. We believe it went well. As it has been put out, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 (essentially a deal struck between the White house and Congress) cut over 100 million in funding from the BOP short of even the President’s initial request. We were already about 300 million underfunded for 2008.

We had a great turnout at the conference. Many locals were in attendance and we presented our issues to members of Congress. We received some commitments to push for additional funding, fix LEOSA, provide safer working conditions for staff, correct some disparities in our retirement, and continue to fight against contracting out.

Key legislator’s were met with including the Chairman of our appropriations committee in the House of Representatives, Alan Mollohan (D-WV) and his staff. Thanks to AFGE’s Congressional Reception and Beth Moten, Legislative and Political Director of AFGE, I was able to talk about prison issues with House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer (D-MD). We will be following up with his staff in the weeks to come. Senator Specter (R-PA), Ranking Member on the Senate Judiciary Committee met with a group of prison staff from Pennsylvania and committed to helping on several key issues. Our locals with key members on committees of jurisdiction to prisons carried our issues forward. Otisville, NY met with Sen. Schumer’s (D-NY) staff which has now led to meetings with Sen. Biden’s (D-DE) staff on the Judiciary Committee. Yazoo City, MS took our issues to Sen. Thad Cochran’s -MS) staff who is Ranking Member on appropriations in the Senate. Texarkana, TX arranged a meeting with the new Ranking Member on the Crime Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, Louie Gohmert -TX) who is helping with LEOSA and safety issues. While I cannot list all the meetings here, these are some of the highlights I was given information about.

Also while at the conference we firmed up Legislative Coordinators for each of the regions. A list has been sent out to the RVP’s and should be forwarded to each local President soon. We held a meeting of the legislative coordinators and discussed many items about legislative action. We are going to build a quick reaction team concept to get legislative information to locals and coordinate feedback back to the Council and AFGE Legislative Department. We are also looking at technology to gain an edge when discussing our issues with Congress by creating either DVD type programs or U-Tube type programs with clips of disturbances, assaults, and other incidents in Federal Prisons. Our belief is that if we can visually show these things to members of Congress and their staff, we will be more successful in explaining why our budgets are too short and we need additional funding.

We are kicking off Labor 2008 with an invitation to each of our lawmakers to visit the prison in their Districts and States. Either by E-mail or in person every President will have received a draft letter to make the invitation. Our target date for these visits is the next Congressional recess, March 16-24, 2008.

Campaign season is heating up and each member must decide who they will vote for. The union will be sending out information on candidates, as your church, your school associations, your social clubs may do as well. We are not "telling" you how to vote. We are presenting information on what candidates might make our jobs a little better. Please take it into account along with all the other factors you are concerned with. Make an informed choice. Your union is representing the work life and as such pushes work site issues.

As we move forward, we ask each of you to get involved in the campaign of your choice, register to vote, participate with your union. It helps everyone if you get involved.

If you attended the Legislative Conference please follow up with your members of Congress on the issues you presented. If you didn’t attend, meet with your members back in your home state and district offices. We look forward to reversing a lot of items in 2008 and 2009. Help us get there.

In Unity,

Phil Glover

Legislative Coordinator, CPL

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, DECEMBER 2007

I hope all of you had a great year and hope you have a happy holiday season. It has been a mixed year legislatively. We gained some things as federal employees and lost in some areas. I will go through the highlights of "prison specific" items, go to AFGE’s legislative page for broader federal employee issues.

The biggest issue that always faces us is funding. It is the single item that determine’s our safety and security at work. It challenges our agency in ways that some other federal employees will never fully understand. In the end, it has affected LMR, safety, how we schedule employees, how we use non-correctional staff and how we move forward on priorities.

The House of Representatives passed the Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill that had 5.17 billion dollars for S&E funding and 95 million in B&F funding (we of course argued for more of both). The Senate passed a funding bill with 5.15 billion in S&E and 495 million in B&F. When the President and Congress locked horns over funding priorities and the Iraq war, we took a hit. The Congress ended up being forced to pass a Omnibus Spending bill wrapping up 12 appropriations bills in one package. The final numbers for prisons is not good. 5.05 billion in S&E and 372 million in B&F. We lost, without any chance to lobby, 120 million dollars in S&E funding. We were already being told there was a shortfall of 300 million in funding for items like the pay raise, FERS retirement contributions, rescissions, utility costs and other items. Our priority after Congress comes back in session is to push for a supplemental funding bill and increase our 2009 appropriations.

Once again, there was a huge fight over the prison industries program. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) again took the opportunity in the Defense Bill to cut our program down some more. He placed a section into the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008, section 827, to modify contracting rules with Department of Defense. DOD is our biggest customer in FPI. This provision may cause the idling of 6,500 inmates and cause 500 staff positions to be cut from FPI. We fought this in many ways, but, as Chairman of the committee, he would not allow any amendments to the language. WE all must take our case to the Judiciary Committee and push for additional programs and authorities for FPI next year. We will also need to contact the Appropriations Committee and get additional staff postions to handle these idle inmates.

The Agriculture bill almost became a problem as well. Senator Harkin (D-IW) Chair of the committee attempted to add similar language through an amendment to his bill. However, with the help of Senator Casey (D-PA), Senator Lincoln (D-AR), Senator Coburn (R-OK) and Senator Thune (R-SD) we caused enough opposition for the amendment to be dropped right before final passage of the bill. Thank those Senators above from your states for their help.

Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has placed CPL provided language into H.R. 2325 to fix our problem with LEOSA. We are hopeful the Judiciary Committee will pass this bill in the next session or move our language to a bill that does pass the House.

We are working with the Judiciary Committee to add more correctional officers (20 million dollars more) to H.R. 3547 an Anti-Gang piece of legislation. Once this is added and passed, we then have to get the appropriations committee to fund it.

A bill has been filed H. Res 871 to object to the recent changes approved by the U.S. Sentencing commission. We are not sure if the bill will move, however, we will keep an eye on it.

One item that passed in the Appropriations bills this year were provisions to not fund A-76 privatization processes. We will work to eliminate it for FY 2009 also. In addition, we are starting to focus on the huge private prison contracts and their costs to the BOP. We believe due to the U.S. Sentencing Commission actions, it might be possible to start eliminating these contracts and bring our work back in house.

The AFL-CIO and AFGE Labor 2008 programs will be gearing up. I encourage each local to get with their State AFL-CIO and their AFGE District Office to find out what programs are available and how you can get involved. It is essential we become as active in this as we are representing our members in grievances, negotiations, and other areas. We are large enough to make a difference in many Congressional Districts and States if we just put some time and effort in.

I want to again thank the E-board for asking me again to be the National Legislative Coordinator. I hope to make 2008 a very good year for us and hope you all will get active and help. Please sign up for the AFGE Legislative Conference at www.afge.org and plan to come in Sunday for our Council meeting at 6:00 PM. I will get the issue papers out at least 20 to 30 days prior to that meeting.

In Unity,

Phil Glover

Legislative Coordinator, CPL

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

NOVEMBER 2007

A quick update on a couple of items. Federal Prison Industries is under continued attack. The Defense Authorization Act of 2008 still has section 824 in it which makes DOD re-compete contracts for any product FPI has 5 % market share of. It is projected this will eliminate 6,000 inmate jobs (currently there are 23,000 inmates working in FPI) and eliminate 500 staff positions.

We have not been able, even with the assistance of Senator Specter, Feinstein, Sessions, Congressman Conyers, Scott and others to eliminate this section from the bill.

A new problem has developed in FPI with the same language from the Defense bill being added to the Agriculture (farm bill) Authorization act by Senator Tom Harkin. Again, this will force agencies to re-compete contracts FPI already has secured.

The House and Senate will be going to conference on the Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies appropriations bills. The President has threatened to veto the bills already.

We have only received about 8 responses to the GAO questions. It is important to fill them out and send them in to the Council.

Congress is winding down for the holiday’s and will be in limited session. However, last year in December the Senate attempted to pass, without a vote, changes to FPI. We were able to stop them through Senator Coburn, however, this year may be more difficult.

Please check the AFGE website and get signed up for the Legislative Conference. Please come in before 6:00pm on Sunday as we will have our traditional Council meeting to go over our issues.

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COUNCIL OF PRISON LOCALS

LEGISLATIVE REPORT

From October 23-25, 2007 three of the local E-board members from Local 3951 and I traveled to Washington, D.C. to educate member’s of Congress on issues important to the bargaining unit.

We met with staff from Congressman Shuster, Congressman Murtha, Senator Casey and Senator Specter’s office. We hand carried 200 letters on the health care increases to each of these offices. We asked them to support H.R. 1256 a bill to increase the governments share of your health care costs to 80 percent from the current 70 percent now covered.

We discussed FPI and the importance of keeping the program. The Senate’s version of the Defense Authorization Act, section 824 will eliminate approx. 500 staff positions and 6,000 inmate jobs. The House version has no such provision. We met with the Judiciary Committee staff and requested assistance in stripping the provision. We will be monitoring this issue and reporting on it as developments occur.

The Public Safety Act, H.R. 1890 was discussed eliminating federal inmates being held in private prisons. We asked for all members support in passing this bill.

The House and Senate have each passed versions of the Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bills. They have not gone to conference yet to work out differences in the bills. The House bill has more funding for S&E money and the Senate version has more money for B&F funding. We hope this will be finalized soon.

There is a Anti-Gang bill moving through the House Judiciary Committee within the month. We are working on some issues in the bill which will support federal prison workers and help handle this difficult situation.

We had a meeting with GAO (Government Accountability Office) they are performing an investigation for Congress on reassignments (including temporary reassignments), moral, retaliation and complaints. They are interviewing management, union and other groups to learn how this affects correctional environments. Council President Bryan Lowry and National FPC Michael Castelle were on conference call for the meeting. The report is due sometime in early 2008.

Our retirement was discussed with each of the members of Congress and National President John Gage. He is going to assist us in meeting with the head of the Government Reform Committee in the House of Representatives so we can discuss the 10 percent penalty situation with him and craft a solution to it for federal law enforcement. We are also including in these discussions temporary employees who started with the prison and now can not buy back this time or retire after 20 years because the time as a temporary doesn’t count.

The Law Enforcement Officer’s Safety Act was discussed and what needs done to bring clarity to the Bureau of Prison’s personnel who are covered under the act but aren’t being treated right by the BOP or by some law enforcement agencies.

9. AFGE held a Labor 2008 meeting in Pittsburgh, PA from October 25-28, 2007. Issue education of our members was addressed. There were guest speakers from AFL-CIO, Steelworkers Union, and others. On the weekend, Labor 2008 issues were addressed regarding get out the vote and other issues for the 2008 elections. More will be coming out from the Council in the future. We are asking all locals that haven’t done so to please send in your L.A.F. checks to AFGE. This money is critical in getting our message out on issues in the coming year. We will be looking for Council and State coordinators for Labor 2008, please contact me if you are willing to help.

 

In Unity,

Phil Glover

Legislative Coordinator, CPL

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COUNCIL OF PRISON LOCALS

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

OCTOBER 2007

On October 2, 2007, the Senate voted on S. 1547/1548 the Defense Authorization Act of 2008. This legislation included section 824 which changes more contracting rules for Federal Prison Industries. This section, if fully enacted, will idle 6,000 inmates and eliminate approx. 500 FPI staff positions. While AFGE and the Council had worked very hard to have an amendment offered to eliminate this section, the Chairman of the Committee, Carl Levin (D-MI) blocked it’s consideration. We need to thank Senator Sessions (R-AL), Senator Feinstein (D-CA), and Senator Specter (R-PA) for sponsoring the amendment to eliminate this section.

The Council and AFGE are working to eliminate this section in the Conference Committee between the House and Senate. Senator Sessions appears to be willing to present his amendment there. We must contact members of the Armed Services Committee in the House and Senate and ask them to support Senator Sessions.

We are also contacting appropriations members and requesting an additional 1,500 correctional officer positions to be funded for FY 2008/2009 to keep security under control while inmates go idle.

Currently, the Senate is working on the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related agencies appropriations bill. The number of the bill is S. 1745. We need the House numbers, which have been put out previously for S&E and the Senate numbers for B&F. This bill also contains the section to eliminate funding for the A-76 process. We believe this will pass the Senate.

We have contacted the Judiciary Committee in the House and Senate and discussed the need to fix LEOSA for our staff. We are gathering information on staff who have been detained from law enforcement because they don’t know about the law or do not believe Correctional Employees can or should carry concealed weapons.

We will update you through individual E-mails and web updates as we move forward.

Phil Glover

Legislative Coordinator

CPL

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

SEPTEMBER 2007

Here is the most current information coming from the Council’s convention last week:

1. S. 2010- Private Prison Information Act was introduced in the Senate by Senator Lieberman (I-CT) on August 3, 2007, this is a companion bill to H.R. 1889 from the House of Representatives. The House bill now has 18 Co-Sponsors. We must continue to push for Co-Sponsors in both the House and Senate.

2. S. 1548, Section 824- (Senator Carl Levin D-MI) changes contracting rules in the DOD on Federal Prison Industries. It is worse than the stand alone legislation S. 705 written by the same senator trying to destroy prison industries and make prisons unsafe. Ask your Senators to vote with Senator Specter (R-PA) and Feinstein (D-CA) to eliminate section 824.

3. H.R. 1890- The Public Safety Act, eliminates placing federal inmates in private correctional facilities (except half-way houses). Currently has 14 Co-Sponsors. Please continue to push your representatives to sign on to this bill.

4. The appropriations bills are still being crafted, H.R. 3093 has passed the House and the Senate bill, S. 1745 is currently on the calender for a vote. Contact your Congressman and Senators to request they keep the House funding on S&E and the Senate funding on B&F.

5. We are monitoring some LEOSA issues in both the House and the Senate. We are requesting Congress add section 8 of H.R. 2325 to any LEOSA bill moving through either house of Congress.

6. National President Gage, at the National Convention, checked on our movement with the Thrift Savings Plan, currently assessing a 10 percent penalty if retiring before age 55. He has pledged to work with the Council and meet with the necessary Chairman to move this issue forward.

7. While at the convention we were successful in recruiting 108 new PAC members, raising almost 9,000 dollars.

Please take these issues to your Congressional Representatives and Senators. We need your help in moving these issues forward.

In Unity,

Phil Glover

Legislative Coordinator

Council of Prison Locals, AFGE

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COUNCIL OF PRISON LOCALS

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

JULY 2007

 

We need to all push hard the next few weeks on a couple of issues. The House has passed

its version of the Commerce, Justice, State spending bill. H.R. 3093 funds the prison system at 5.17 billion dollars for S&E and 95 million dollars for B&F. The Senate’s bill S. 1745 funds the BOP at 5.15 billion dollars for S&E and 495 million for B&F. It is a significant difference.

Our best bet is to push for the House’s number on S&E and the Senate’s number on B&F.

We definitely need the construction dollars in the Senate bill to continue construction and start up some new prisons.

The House bill, H.R. 3093 has several sections we must get the Senate to agree to. Section 213 of the House bill eliminates the use of security related dollars for any of the A-76 process which would put a stop to much of this contracting out. We need to keep this in the final package. There were attempts to remove it on the floor of the House by Republican Pete Sessions (R-TX).  There is another section 524 which also eliminates any spending on A-76. One other issue many of you will be interested in is section 702. It states that no money appropriated in this bill may be used to keep Border Patrol agents Campeon and Ramos in Federal Prison. I am not sure how this will work. But, it’s interesting.

Another issue is S.1548, section 824. This is the section in the Defense bill which would cut more of UNICOR. It is estimated that should this section, as written, make it into law, we could see as many as 6,000 inmates go idle with many staff (500) losing their FPI positions. Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Specter (R-PA) have placed an amendment in removing the section. The bill was pulled from the floor because of issues involving Iraq. At this time, we are not sure when it will be returned to the Senate floor for action. The House bill has no sections dealing with FPI so the Senate version is what we need to work on. Please ask your Senator’s to vote with Feinstein and Specter and remove the language.

We still need co-sponsors on H.R. 2325 which would fix our issue of carrying firearms. We also need co-sponsors on H.R. 1890 regarding private prisons.

We will keep you updated on other events. Please keep in contact with your members of Congress.

 

In Unity,

 

Phil Glover

Legislative Coordinator, CPL

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

JUNE 2007

 

Since the last update we have moved a few items forward. The House Subcommittee on Appropriations for Commerce, Justice, State and related agencies has agreed to add a restriction on the use of security funds for A-76 studies or privatization schemes. This is very good news. The House also passed new rules on the A-76 process giving Federal Employees the right to appeal contracting out decisions the same as contractor’s enjoyed for many years.

We have gained some co-sponsors on HR 1890 and 1889 the two bills dealing with private prisons. We need more help on these bills. Please call your Congressional representative and ask them to sign on as co-sponsors to these pieces of legislation.

On June 21st, National President Gage, Alan Kadrofske (our lobbyist) and myself, met with House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI). We discussed Federal Prison Industries legislation, staffing, assaults, and other issues dealing with the BOP. The Chairman indicated the committee would hold hearings on FPI and on Correctional Worker’s safety. They discussed holding a field hearing at a prison sometime in August if possible.

On June 27th, I was invited to Florence, CO to meet with the new FPI board member for Labor, Frank Gale. Mr. Gale has been appointed to replace outgoing board member Ken Rocks. He is a member of the National FOP board as the Sgt. at Arms. We had a very good discussion of FPI, it’s role in prison management, the staff issues involved in FPI and legislation determined to destroy the program. It was a good opportunity to discuss these issues with him as he comes onto the board of directors. I want to thank all three local Presidents for their hospitality during this visit. All the Presidents were invited on tour and to participate in the meetings with Mr. Gale.

 

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

MAY 2007

 

Our legislative year is starting out fairly well. For 2007's appropriations we added 143 million to the amount requested by the President for Salary’s and Expenses. We were successful in adding 300 million to the Building and Facility account.

We are seeing bills introduced with BOP staff in mind. H.R. 1890 “The Public Safety Act” has been reintroduced by a bi-partisan group of house members. This bill eliminates, except half way houses, from keeping federal inmates in private correctional facilities.

H.R. 1889 “The Private Prison Information Act” also has key bi-partisan support and makes private correctional companies release the same information to Congress as the public facilities must do.

After problems kept coming up with what was originally titled H.R. 218, we have been successful in having a correction put in H.R. 2325 “Court and Law Enforcement Officer Protection Act of 2007" to allow BOP staff to carry firearms to and from work with out interference.

H.R. 2391 “Public Safety Officer Family Benefits Act of 2007" would allow spouses and children of LEO’s killed in the line of duty from keeping their FEHBP health insurance plans. This is a true benefit to LEO’s families.

AFGE has been working on H.R. 1256 in order to raise the amount currently paid by the government on your health insurance premiums. It would raise the amount to 80 percent.

I recently received an E-mail from what is left of CUSA and it’s removed board (Brian Dawe and Richard Loud). It takes credit for launching the “Public Safety Act” and now the “Private Prison Information Act”. What is interesting, is first they had my home E-mail, second, that I attended the bill introductions for the original Public Safety Act introduced by then Congressman Strickland of OH. We had a press conference which was taped and attended by many of our locals and AFSCME leaders and locals. I didn’t see Mr. Dawe or Loud present at any of these events, nor have I seen them testify on Capitol Hill regarding issues like understaffing, budgets, appropriations, assaults, FPI or other prison related issues. I say this to ask why any of our members would pay more money to this group? We need to educate our members and locals that AFGE and CPL are running a fully functional legislative program.

 

In Unity,

 

Phil Glover

Legislative Coordinator, CPL -33

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COUNCIL OF PRISON LOCALS

LEGISLATIVE ISSUES, 2007

All Locals, please support the following bill, especially Section 8.

HR 2325 IH

 

110th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2325

To provide adequate penalties for crimes committed against United States judges and Federal law enforcement officers, to provide appropriate security for judges and law enforcement officers, and for other purposes.

 

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 15, 2007

Mr. GOHMERT (for himself, Mr. SMITH of Texas, and Mr. FORBES) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

 

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A BILL

To provide adequate penalties for crimes committed against United States judges and Federal law enforcement officers, to provide appropriate security for judges and law enforcement officers, and for other purposes.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Court and Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act of 2007'.

SEC. 2. SPECIAL PENALTIES FOR MURDER, KIDNAPPING, AND RELATED CRIMES AGAINST FEDERAL JUDGES AND FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.

(a) Murder- Section 1114 of title 18, United States Code, is amended--

(1) by inserting `(a)' before `Whoever'; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

`(b) If the victim of an offense punishable under this section is a United States judge or a Federal law enforcement officer (as those terms are defined in section 115) the offender shall be punished by--

`(1) a fine under this title; and

`(2)(A) in the case of murder, attempted murder, or conspiracy to murder, imprisonment for any term of years not less than 30 years, or for life, or, if death results, may be sentenced to death;

`(B) in the case of voluntary manslaughter, imprisonment for a term of years not less than 15 years nor more than 40 years; and

`(C) in the case of involuntary manslaughter, imprisonment for a term of years not less than 3 years nor more than 15 years.'.

(b) Kidnapping- Section 1201(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: `If the victim of the offense punishable under this subsection is a United States judge or a Federal law enforcement officer (as those terms are defined in section 115) the offender shall be punished by a fine under this title and imprisonment for any term of years not less than 30 years, or for life, or, if death results, may be sentenced to death.'.

SEC. 3. AUTHORITY OF FEDERAL JUDGES AND PROSECUTORS TO CARRY FIREARMS.

(a) In General- Chapter 203 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 3053 the following:

`Sec. 3054. Authority of Federal judges and prosecutors to carry firearms

`(a) In General- Any justice of the United States or judge of the United States (as defined in section 451 of title 28), any judge of a court created under article I of the United States Constitution, any bankruptcy judge, any magistrate judge, any United States attorney, and any other officer or employee of the Department of Justice whose duties include representing the United States in a court of law, may carry firearms.

`(b) Regulations- The Attorney General shall prescribe regulations to carry out this section. Such regulations may provide for training and regular certification in the use of firearms and shall, with respect to justices, judges, bankruptcy judges, and magistrate judges, be prescribed after consultation with the Judicial Conference of the United States.'.

(b) Law Enforcement Officers-

(1) IN GENERAL- Section 926B of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(f) For purposes of this section, a law enforcement officer of the Amtrak Police Department or a law enforcement or police officer of the executive branch of the Federal Government qualifies as an employee of a governmental agency who is authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of, or the incarceration of any person for, any violation of law, and has statutory powers of arrest.'.

(2) RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS- Section 926C of title 18, United States Code, is amended--

(A) in subsection (c)--

(i) in paragraph (3)(A), by striking `was regularly employed as a law enforcement officer for an aggregate of 15 years or more' and inserting `served as a law enforcement officer for an aggregate of 10 years or more'; and

(ii) by striking paragraphs (4) and (5), and designating paragraphs (6) and (7) as paragraphs (4) and (5), respectively;

(B) in subsection (d)--

(i) in paragraph (1), by striking `or' after the semicolon;

(ii) in paragraph (2)(B), by striking the period at the end and inserting `; or'; and

(iii) by adding at the end the following:

`(3) in those States or for those law enforcement agencies that do not issue the identification or certification required by paragraph (1) or (2)--

`(A) an identification issued by the agency from which the individual retired from service as a law enforcement officer;

`(B) a photographic identification issued by an agency of the State in which the individual resides, such as a driver's license or a State identification card; and

`(C) a document issued by the State in which the individual resides that either certifies that the individual is authorized by the laws of that State to carry a concealed firearm, or, in those States that do not provide mandatory and objective standards for the issuance of such a license, certifies that the individual has received training in the safe handling of firearms or has completed a firearms safety or training course for security guards or investigators.'; and

(C) by adding at the end the following:

`(f) In this section, the term `service with a public agency as a law enforcement officer' includes service as a law enforcement officer of the Amtrak Police Department or as a law enforcement or police officer of the executive branch of the Federal Government.'.

(c) Clerical Amendment- The table of sections for chapter 203 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 3053 the following:

`3054. Authority of Federal judges and prosecutors to carry firearms.'.

SEC. 4. PENALTIES FOR CERTAIN ASSAULTS.

Section 111 of title 18, United States Code, is amended--

(1) in subsection (a), by striking `8 years' and inserting `15 years';

(2) in subsection (b), by striking `20 years' and inserting `30 years'; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

`(c) Law Enforcement Officers and Judges-

`(1) IN GENERAL- If the victim of an assault punishable under this section is a United States judge or a Federal law enforcement officer (as those terms are defined in section 115) the offender shall be punished by a fine under this title and--

`(A) if the assault resulted in bodily injury (as that term is defined in section 1365), imprisonment for a term of years not less than 2 years nor more than 10 years;

`(B) if the assault resulted in substantial bodily injury (as that term is defined in section 113), imprisonment for a term of years not less than 5 years nor more than 15 years; and

`(C) if a dangerous weapon was used or possessed during and in relation to the offense, or if the assault resulted in serious bodily injury (as defined in section 2119(2)), imprisonment for a term of years not less than 10 years nor more than 25 years.

`(2) IMPOSITION OF PUNISHMENT- Each punishment for criminal conduct described in this subsection shall be in addition to any other punishment, whether imposed for a conviction under this section or otherwise, for other criminal conduct during the same criminal episode.'.

SEC. 5. SPECIAL PENALTIES FOR RETALIATING AGAINST A FEDERAL JUDGE OR FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER BY MURDERING OR ASSAULTING A FAMILY MEMBER.

Section 115 of title 18, United States Code, is amended--

(1) by redesignating subsections (c) and (d) as subsections (d) and (e), respectively; and

(2) by inserting after subsection (b) the following:

`(c)(1) If an offense punishable under this section is committed with the intent to impede, intimidate, or interfere with a United States judge or a Federal law enforcement officer while engaged in the performance of official duties, or with the intent to retaliate against such judge or officer on account of the performance of official duties, the offender shall be punished--

`(A) in the case of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, or manslaughter, as provided in section 1114(b);

`(B) in the case of kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, or conspiracy to kidnap, as provided for an offense against a United States judge or Federal law enforcement officer in section 1201(a);

`(C) in the case of an assault, as provided for an offense against a United States judge or Federal law enforcement officer in section 111;

`(D) in the case of a threat, by a fine under this title and imprisonment for a term of years not less than 2 years nor more than 10 years.

`(2) Each punishment for criminal conduct described in this subsection shall be in addition to any other punishment, whether imposed for a conviction under this section or otherwise, for other criminal conduct during the same criminal episode.'.

SEC. 6. LIMITATION ON DAMAGES INCURRED DURING COMMISSION OF A FELONY OR CRIME OF VIOLENCE.

(a) In General- Section 1979 of the Revised Statutes (42 U.S.C. 1983) is amended by--

(1) striking `except that in any action' and all that follows through `relief was unavailable.' and inserting the following: `except that--

`(1) in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer's judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable; and

`(2) in any action seeking redress for a deprivation that was incurred in the course of, or as a result of, or is related to, conduct by the injured party that, more likely than not, constituted a felony or a crime of violence (as defined in section 16 of title 18, United States Code), including any deprivation in the course of arrest or apprehension for, or the investigation, prosecution, or adjudication of such an offense, a court shall not have jurisdiction to consider a claim for damages other than--

`(A) for necessary out-of-pocket expenditures and other monetary loss; and

`(B) if the deprivation consisted of the purposeful infliction of serious bodily injury (as defined in section 1365 of title 18, United States Code) by the defendant upon the injured party, for additional damages in an amount that shall not exceed $250,000.'; and

(2) indenting the last sentence as an undesignated paragraph.

(b) Attorney's Fees- Section 722(b) of the Revised Statutes (42 U.S.C. 1988(b)) is amended by striking `except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer's judicial capacity such officer shall not be held liable for any costs, including attorneys fees, unless such action was clearly in excess of such officer's jurisdiction.' and inserting the following: `except that--

`(1) in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer's judicial capacity, such officer shall not be held liable for any costs, including attorneys fees, unless such action was clearly in excess of such officer's jurisdiction; and

`(2) in any action seeking redress for a deprivation that was incurred in the course of, or as a result of, or is related to, conduct by the injured party that, more likely than not, constituted a felony or a crime of violence (as defined in section 16 of title 18, United States Code), including any deprivation in the course of arrest or apprehension for, or the investigation, prosecution, or adjudication of, such an offense, the court may not allow such party to recover attorney's fees.'.

(c) Application- This section and the amendments made by this section shall apply to cases pending on or after the date of enactment of this Act.

SEC. 7. FEDERAL REVIEW OF STATE CONVICTION FOR MURDER OF A PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER OF JUDGE.

(a) Short Title- This section may be cited as the `Police Officer Daniel Faulkner Act of 2007'.

(b) In General- Section 2254 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(j) For an application for a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of a person in custody pursuant to the judgment of a State court for a crime that involved the killing of a public safety officer or judge while the public safety officer or judge was engaged in the performance of official duties, or on account of the public safety officer's or judge's performance of official duties or status as a public safety officer or judge--

`(1) the application shall be subject to the time limitations and other requirements under sections 2263, 2264, and 2266; and

`(2) the review of the application by the court shall be limited to those claims concerning the validity of the conviction of the applicant for the underlying offense for which the applicant is held in custody.

`(k) A court shall not consider a claim relating to sentencing mitigation that was adjudicated on the merits in a State court, unless a determination that the error is not structural is contrary to clearly established Federal law, as determined by the Supreme Court of the United States.'.

(c) Finality of Review-

(1) IN GENERAL- Section 2251 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(c) Stay of Matters- This section, section 2262, and section 2101 are the exclusive sources of authority for Federal courts to stay a sentence of death entered by a State court.'.

(2) SECOND OR SUCCESSIVE APPLICATIONS- Section 2244(b)(3)(E) of title 28, United States Code, is amended by striking `the subject of a petition' and all that follows through the end of the subparagraph and inserting the following: `reheard in the court of appeals or reviewed by a writ of certiorari.'.

(3) RULES- Rule 11 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases in the United States District Courts is amended by adding at the end the following: `Rule 60(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure does not apply to proceedings under these rules.'.

(d) Effective Date-

(1) IN GENERAL- This section and the amendments made by this section shall apply to cases pending on or after the date of enactment of this Act.

(2) PENDING CASES- In a case pending on the date of enactment of this Act, if the amendments made by this section impose a time limit for taking certain action, the period of which began on the date of an event that occurred prior to the date of enactment of this Act, the period of such time limit shall instead begin on the date of enactment of this Act.

SEC. 8. BUREAU OF PRISONS FIREARMS POLICY.

Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Director of the Bureau of Prisons shall make rules to allow correctional officers working for the Bureau to carry firearms to and from work and store them in appropriate facilities at work.

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 COUNCIL OF PRISON LOCALS

AFGE

LEGISLATIVE ISSUES, 2007

FY 2008 PRESIDENT’S BUDGET, The President has requested 5.15 billion dollars for Salaries & Expenses and 210 million dollars for Building & Facilities. This represents approximately 177 million over the passed FY 2007 appropriation for S&E and a reduction of 222 million dollars in the FY 2007 B&F funding. With Bureau of Prison assault rates up another six (6) percent for FY 2006, the appropriations committee should add an additional 250 million dollars to S&E for increased bargaining unit staffing and an additional 200 million for B&F construction/projects to increase safety and security in federal prisons.

18 U.S.C. SEC. 926B, In July 2004, Public Law 108-277 was enacted. This law, called the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act was intended to protect law enforcement officers while off duty and provide additional law enforcement support when needed in the community. Since it was enacted, the Bureau of Prisons has continued to impede federal correctional officers from carrying firearms. The Council of Prison Locals requests an amendment to the act, in section 926B (a) which would authorize employees to carry firearms to and from work. The union would bargain over how to safely secure the weapon’s while on federal property.

THRIFT SAVINGS PLAN, 5 U.S.C. 8440, covers tax treatment of the plan for employees. Correctional worker’s and other law enforcement personnel, can retire at age 50 after 20 years of service, and at any age after 25 years of federal service. Currently, there is a 10 percent penalty if employees draw funds from their TSP account prior to age 59 . The Council of Prison Locals believes that since we are required to retire at age 57 and can retire at age 50, the penalty should be removed. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 provided this same benefit for local and state law enforcement and firefighters. All we ask for is the same consideration for federal law enforcement.

FEDERAL PRISON INDUSTRIES, The Council opposes any changes to FPI mandatory source until amendments protecting the BOP staff and authorizing repatriation of work from overseas are passed with the legislation. With the continued increase of inmates into the federal system, work programs like FPI become more and more important. The Council is willing to work on language to effect the changes Congress wants while preserving our safety and security.

 

 

PRIVATE PRISONS, Congress should eliminate funds for the study or conducting A-76 or related privatization schemes. Any funds security funding for the Bureau of Prisons appropriated by Congress should be used for operating federal prison facilities not failed private prisons.

HCON RES 37, Expressing the sense of Congress that Border Patrol agent’s Ramos and Compean be pardoned. The Council of Prison Locals support our brother’s and sister’s in the Border Patrol who are calling for the pardon of these two officers.

H.R. 261, Amending Title 18, U.S.C. to provide an alternate release date for certain non-violent offenders. The Council supports this type of legislation IF should the inmate population decrease, private prison contracts are ended and remaining inmates stay in federal BOP custody.

In Unity,

Phil Glover

Legislative Coordinator,

C-33

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TO AMEND Public Law 108-277 to allow LEO’s to carry to and from work for their protection:

In General- 18 U.S.C. Section 926B is amended as follows:

Add a sentence at the end of section (a) which states:

Law Enforcement Officers, as defined in 18 U.S.C. section 3050, are authorized to carry their personal firearms to and from their place of employment and will be provided space to secure such firearms.

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TO AMEND THE APPROPRIATIONS OF THE BUREAU OF PRISONS TO ELIMINATE SPENDING ON ITEMS THAT CUTS SECURITY FUNDING:

Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies:

An amendment to Bureau of Prisons appropriations in the appropriate section and line:

Security related funding appropriated under this act shall not be used for privatization studies or conducting A-76 surveys.

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TO AMEND the THRIFT SAVINGS PLAN to eliminate the 10 percent early withdraw penalty imposed by the IRS on Federal Law Enforcement Officers:

In General- 5 U.S.C. Section 8440 (a) is amended as follows:

Add subsection (4) which will state:

(4) In General- In the case of a Law Enforcement Officer who is employed by the federal government, disbursements from the Thrift Savings Plan will not be penalized by the IRS once the LEO begins his/her LEO retirement (20 years at 50 years of age or 25 years at any age).

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BOP FACILITIES – U.S. SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES

 

BOP Facility                         Senators                               Representatives

 

Mid-Atlantic Region

 

FPC Alderson                       Robert Byrd (D)                     Nick Rahall (D-3)

Glen Ray Road, Box A         John D. Rockefeller IV (D)

Alderson, WV 24910

(304) 445-2901

 

FCI Ashland                           Mitch McConnell (R) Geoff Davis (R-4)

St. Route 716                        Jim Bunning (R)

Ashland, KY 41105

(606) 928-6414

 

FCI Beckley                           Robert Byrd (D)                     Nick Rahall (D-3)

1600 Industrial Road            John D. Rockefeller IV (D)

Beaver, WV 25813

(304) 252-9758

 

USP Big Sandy                     Mitch McConnell (R) Harold Rogers (R-5)

1197 Airport Road                Jim Bunning (R)        

Inez, KY 41224

(606) 433-2577

 

FCI Butner (Low)                   Elizabeth Dole (R)                 Brad Miller (D-13)

Old NC Highway 75              Richard Burr (R)

Butner, NC 27509

(919) 575-5700

 

FCI Butner (Medium)            Elizabeth Dole (R)                 Brad Miller (D-13)

Old NC Highway 75 Richard Burr (R)

Butner, NC 27509

(919) 575-4541

 

FMC Butner                           Elisabeth Dole (R)                Brad Miller (D-13)

Old NC Highway 75 Richard Burr (R)

Butner, NC 27509

(919) 575-3900

 

FCI Cumberland                    Benjamin Cardin (D) Roscoe Bartlett (R-6)

14601 Burbridge Road SE  Barbara Mikulski (D)

Cumberland, MD 21502

(301) 784-1000

 

 

FCI Gilmer                             Robert Byrd (D)                     Alan Mollohan (D-1)

201 FCI Lane                        John D. Rockefeller IV (D)

Glenville, WV 26351

(304) 462-0395

 

USP Hazelton                        Robert Byrd (D)                     Alan Mollohan (D-1)

Sky View Drive                      John D. Rockefeller IV (D)

Bruceton Mills, WV 26525

(304) 379-5000

 

USP Lee                                John Warner (R)                    Rick Boucher (D-9)

P.O. Box 900                         Jim Webb (D)

Jonesville, VA 24263

(276) 546-0150

 

FMC Lexington                      Mitch McConnell (R) Ben Chandler (D-6)

3301 Leestown Road           Jim Bunning (R)

Lexington, KY 40511

(859) 255-6812

 

FCI Manchester                     Mitch McConnell (R) Harold Rogers (R-5)

805 Fox Hollow Road           Jim Bunning (R)

Manchester, KY 40962

(606) 598-1900

 

USP McCreary                      Mitch McConnell (R) Harold Rogers (R-5)

330 Federal Way                  Jim Bunning (R)

Pine Knot, KY 42635

(606) 354-7000

 

FCI Memphis                         Bob Corker (R)                      Stephen Cohen (D-9)

1101 John A. Denie Road   Lamar Alexander (R)

Memphis, TN 38134-7630

(901) 372-2269

 

FCI Morgantown                    Robert Byrd (D)                     Alan Mollohan (D-1)

446 Greenbag Road            John D. Rockefeller IV (D)

Morgantown, WV 26507

(304) 296-4416

 

FCI Petersburg (Low)           John Warner (R)                    Randy Forbes (R-4)

1100 River Road                   Jim Webb (D)

Petersburg, VA 23860-1659

(804) 733-7881

 

 

FCI Petersburg (Medium)    John Warner (R)                    Randy Forbes (R-4)

1060 River Road                   Jim Webb (D)

Petersburg, VA 23860-1666

(804) 504-7200

 

North Central Region

 

MCC Chicago                       Richard Durbin (D)                Danny Davis (D-7)

71 West Van Buren              Barack Obama (D)

Chicago, IL 60605

(312) 322-0567

 

FPC Duluth                            Amy Klobuchar (D)               Jim Oberstar (D-8)

6902 Airport Road                Norm Coleman (R)

Duluth, MN 55814

(218) 722-8634

 

FCI Englewood                     Wayne Allard (R)                  Ed Perlmutter (D-7)

9595 West Quincy Ave.        Ken Salazar (D)

Littleton, CO 80123-1159

(303) 985-1566

 

ADX Florence                       Wayne Allard (R)                   Doug Lamborn (R-5)

5880 State Highway 67 S. Ken Salazar (D)

Florence, CO 81226

(719) 784-9464

 

FCI Florence                          Wayne Allard (R)                   Doug Lamborn (R-5)

5880 State Highway 67 S. Ken Salazar (D)

Florence, CO 81226

(719) 784-9100

 

USP Florence                        Wayne Allard (R)                   Doug Lamborn (R-5)

5880 State Highway 67 S. Ken Salazar (D)

Florence, CO 81226

(719) 784-9454

 

FCI Greenville                        Richard Durbin (D)                John Shimkus (R-19)

100 U.S. Route 40                Barack Obama (D)

Greenville, IL 62246

(618) 664-6200

 

USP Leavenworth                 Sam Brownback (R)             Nancy Boyda (D-2)

1300 Metropolitan                 Pat Roberts (R)

Leavenworth, KS 66048

(913) 682-8700

USP Marion                           Richard Durbin (D)                John Shimkus (R-19)

4500 Prison Road                Barack Obama (D)                                      

Marion, IL 62959-9011

(618) 964-1441

 

FCI Milan                                Carl Levin (D)                        John Dingell (D-15)

East Arkona Road                Debbie Stabenow (D)

Milan, MI 48160

(734) 439-1511

 

FCI Oxford                             Herbert Kohl (D)                    Tom Petri (R-6)        

Box 500                                  Russ Feingold (D)

Oxford, WI 53952

(608) 584-5511

 

FCI Pekin                               Richard Durbin (D)                Ray LaHood (R-18)

2600 S. Second Street        Barack Obama (D)

Pekin, IL 61555

(309) 346-8588

 

FMC Rochester                     Amy Klobuchar (D)               Tim Walz (D-1)

P.O. Box 4600                       Norm Coleman (R)

Rochester, MN 55903

(507) 287-0674

 

FCI Sandstone                      Amy Klobuchar (D)               Jim Oberstar (D-8)

P.O. Box 999                         Norm Coleman (R)

2300 County Road 29

Sandstone, MN 55072

(320) 245-2262

 

MCFP Springfield                 Christopher Bond (R)           Roy Blunt (R-7)

P.O. Box 4000                       Claire McCaskill (D)

1900 West Sunshine

Springfield, MO 65801

(417) 862-7041

 

FCI Terre Haute                    Richard Lugar (R)                 Brad Ellsworth (D-8)

4200 Bureau Road North     Evan Bayh (D)

Terre Haute, IN 47808

(812) 238-1531

 

USP Terre Haute                  Richard Lugar (R)                 Brad Ellsworth (D-8)

4700 Bureau Road South    Evan Bayh (D)

Terre Haute, IN 47802

(812) 244-4400

FCI Waseca                          Amy Klobuchar (D)               Tim Walz (D-1)

P.O. Box 1731                       Norm Coleman (R)

1000 University Drive SW

Waseca, MN 56093

(507) 835-8972

 

FPC Yankton                         Tim Johnson (D)                    Stephanie Herseth  (D-At

Box 680                                  John Thune (R)                                                          Large)

1016 Douglas Ave.

Yankton, SD 57078

(605) 665-3262

 

Northeast Region

 

FCI Allenwood (Low)            Arlen Specter (R)                  Chris Carney (D-10)

P.O. Box 1500                       Bob Casey (D)

White Deer, PA 17887

(570) 547-1990

 

FCI Allenwood (Medium)     Arlen Specter (R)                  Chris Carney (D-10)

P.O. Box 2500                       Bob Casey (D)

White Deer, PA 17887

(570) 547-7950

 

USP Allenwood                     Arlen Specter (R)                  Chris Carney (D-10)

P.O. Box 3500                       Bob Casey (D)

White Deer, PA 17887

(570) 547-0963

 

MDC Brooklyn                       Charles Schumer (D)            Nydia Velazquez (D-12)

80 29th Street                        Hillary Rodham Clinton (D)

Brooklyn, NY 11232-1503

(718) 840-4200

 

USP Canaan                         Arlen Specter (R)                  Chris Carney (D-10)

2020 Canaan Road              Bob Casey (D)

Waymart, PA 18472

(570) 488-8000

 

FCI Danbury                          Christopher Dodd (D)           Christopher Murphy (D-5)

33 Pembroke Road          Joseph Lieberman (D)

Danbury, CT 06811-2954

(203) 743-6471

 

 

 

FMC Devens                         Edward Kennedy (D)            Marty Meehan (D-5)

42 Patton Road                     John Kerry (D)

Devens, MA 01432

(978) 796-1000

 

FCI Elkton                              Sherrod Brown (D)                Charlie Wilson (D-6)

P.O. Box 89                           George Voinovich (R)

8730 Scroggs Road

Elkton, OH 44415

(330) 424-7448

 

FCI Fairton                             Frank Lautenberg (D)           Frank LoBiondo (R-2)

P.O. Box 280                         Robert Menendez (D)

Fairton, NJ 08320

(856) 453-1177

 

FCI Fort Dix                           Frank Lautenberg (D)           Jim Saxon (R-3)

P.O. Box 38                           Robert Menendez (D)                      

Fort Dix, NJ 08640                                                              

(609) 723-1100

 

USP Lewisburg                     Arlen Specter (R)                  Chris Carney (D-10)

R.D. #5                                   Bob Casey (D)

Lewisburg, PA 17837

(570) 523-1251

 

FCI Loretto                             Arlen Specter (R)                  Bill Shuster (R-9)

P.O. Box 1000                       Bob Casey (D)                     

Loretto, PA 15940                                                               

(814) 472-4140

 

FCI McKean                          Arlen Specter (R)                  John Peterson (R-5)

P.O. Box 5000                       Bob Casey (D)

Bradford, PA 16701

(814) 362-8900

 

MCC New York                     Charles Schumer (D)            Jerrold Nadler (D-8) 

150 Park Row                       Hillary Rodham Clinton (D)

New York, NY 10007

(212) 240-9656

 

FCI Otisville                           Charles Schumer (D)            John Hall (D-19)       

P.O. Box 600                         Hillary Rodham Clinton (D)

Otisville, NY 10963

(845) 386-5855

 

FDC Philadelphia                 Arlen Specter (R)                  Robert Brady (D-1)

700 Arch Street                     Bob Casey (D)

Philadelphia, PA 19106

(215) 521-4000

 

FCI Ray Brook                       Charles Schumer (D)            Kirsten Gillibrand (D-20)

P.O. Box 300                         Hillary Rodham Clinton (D)

Ray Brook, NY 12977

(518) 891-5400

 

FCI Schuykill                          Arlen Specter (R)                  Tim Holden (D-17)

P.O. Box 700                         Bob Casey (D)

Minersville, PA 17954

(570) 544-7100

 

South Central Region

 

FCI Bastrop                           Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)     Ruben Hinojosa (D-15)

Box 730                                  John Cornyn (R)

1341 Highway 95 North

Bastrop, TX 78602-6819

(512) 321-3903

 

FCI Beaumont (Low)            Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)     Ted Poe (R-2)

P.O. Box 26025                    John Cornyn (R)

Beaumont, TX 77720

(409) 727-8172

 

FCI Beaumont (Medium)      Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)     Ted Poe (R-2)

P.O. Box 26045                    John Cornyn (R)

Beaumont, TX 77720

(409) 727-0101

 

USP Beaumont                     Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)     Ted Poe (R-2)

P.O. Box 26035                    John Cornyn (R)

Beaumont, TX 77720

(409) 727-8188

 

FCI Big Spring                      Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)     Randy Neugebauer (R-19)

1900 Simler Avenue John Cornyn (R)

Big Spring, TX 79720

(432) 263-6699

 

 

 

 

FPC Bryan                             Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)     Chet Edwards (D-17)

P.O. Box 2197                       John Cornyn (R)

1100 Ursuline Avenue

Bryan, TX 77805

(979) 823-1879

 

FMC Carswell                       Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)     Kay Granger (R-12)

P.O. Box 27066                    John Cornyn (R)

“J” Street, Building 3000

Fort Worth, TX 76127

(817) 782-4002

 

FCI El Reno                           James Inhofe (R)                   Frank Lucas (R-3)

P.O. Box 1000                       Tom Coburn (R)

4205 Highway 66 West

El Reno, OK 73036

(405) 262-4875

 

FCI Forrest City (Low)          Blanche L. Lincoln (D)          Marion Berry (D-1)

1400 Dale Bumpers Road  Mark Pryor (D)

Forrest City, AR 72335

(870) 630-6000

 

FCI Forrest City (Medium)   Blanche L. Lincoln (D)          Marion Berry (D-1)

1301 Dale Bumpers Road   Mark Pryor (D)

Forrest City, AR 72335

(870) 494-4200

 

FMC Fort Worth                    Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)     Michael Burgess (R-26)

3150 Horton Road                John Cornyn (R)

Fort Worth, TX 76119

(817) 534-8400

 

FDC Houston                        Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)     Sheila Jackson Lee (D-18)

P.O. Box 526245                  John Cornyn (R)

1200 Texas Avenue

Houston, TX 77052

(713) 221-5400

 

FCI La Tuna                           Pete Domenici (R)                Steve Pearce (R-2)

P.O. Box 100 0                      Jeff Bingaman (D)

8500 Doniphan

Anthony, NM 88021

(915) 886-6600

 

 

FSL La Tuna                          Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)     Silvestre Reyes (D-16)

P.O. Box 16300                    John Cornyn (R)

SSG Sims Road 

Building 11636

El Paso, TX 79906

(915) 564-2100

 

FCI Oakdale                          Mary Landrieu (D)                 Rodney Alexander (R-5)

P.O. Box 5050                       David Vitter (R)

Oakdale, LA 71463

(318) 335-4070

 

FDC Oakdale                        Mary Landrieu (D)                 Rodney Alexander (R-5)

P.O. Box 5060                       David Vitter (R)

Oakdale, LA 71463

(318) 335-4466

 

FTC Oklahoma City              James Inhofe (R)                   Mary Fallin (R-5)

P.O. Box 898802                  Tom Coburn (R)

7410 MacArthur Boulevard

Oklahoma City, OK 73189

(405) 682-4075

 

USP Pollock                          Mary Landrieu (D)                 Jim McCrery (R-4)

P.O. Box 1000                       David Vitter (R)

1000 Airbase Road

Pollock, LA 71467

(318) 561-5300

 

FCI Seagoville                       Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)     Jeb Hensarling (R-5)

2113 North Highway 175     John Cornyn (R)

Seagoville, TX 75159-2237

(972) 287-2911

 

FCI Texarkana                       Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)     Ralph Hall (R-4)

P.O. Box 9500                       John Cornyn (R)

Texarkana, TX 75505

(903) 838-4587

 

FCI Three Rivers                   Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)     Lloyd Doggett (D-25)

P.O. Box 4000                       John Cornyn (R)

Three Rivers, TX 78071

(361) 786-3576

 

 

Southeast Region

 

USP Atlanta                           Saxby Chambliss (R)            John Lewis (D-5)                  

601 McDonough Blvd. SE   Johnny Isakson (R)

Atlanta, GA 30315-4400

(404) 635-5100

 

FCI Bennettsville                   Lindsay Graham (R) John Spratt (D-5)

696 Muckerman Road          Jim DeMint (R)

Bennettsville, SC 29512

(843) 454-8200

 

FCI Coleman (Low)              Bill Nelson (D)                       Ginny Brown-Waite (R-5)

846 NE 54th Terrace Mel Martinez (R)

Coleman, FL 33521

(352) 689-4000

 

FCI Coleman (Medium)        Bill Nelson (D)                       Ginny Brown-Waite (R-5)

846 NE 54th Terrace Mel Martinez (R)       

Coleman, FL 33521

(352) 689-5000

 

USP Coleman                       Bill Nelson (D)                       Ginny Brown-Waite (R-5)

846 NE 54th Terrace Mel Martinez (R)       

Coleman, FL 33521

(352) 689-6000

 

FCI Edgefield                        Lindsay Graham (R)             J. Gresham Barrett (R-3)

P.O. Box 723                         Jim DeMint (R)

501 Gary Hill Road

Edgefield, SC 29824

(803) 637-1500

 

FCI Estill                                 Lindsay Graham (R)             Joe Wilson (R-2)

P.O. Box 699                         Jim DeMint (R)

100 Prison Road

Estill, SC 29918

(803) 625-4607

 

MDC Guaynabo                    ------------------------                  Luis Fortuno (R-At Large)

P.O. Box 2146                                                                      

San Juan, Puerto Rico 00922

(787) 749-4480

 

 

FCI Jesup                              Saxby Chambliss (R)            Jack Kingston (R-1)

2600 Highway 301 S.           Johnny Isakson (R)

Jesup, GA 31599

(912) 427-0870

 

FCI Marianna             Bill Nelson (D)                       Allen Boyd (D-2)

3625 FCI Road                     Mel Martinez (R)

Marianna, FL  32446

(850) 526-2313

 

FCI Miami                              Bill Nelson (D)                       Mario Diaz-Balart (R-25)

15801 SW 137th Avenue     Mel Martinez (R)

Miami, FL 33177-1209

(305) 259-2100

 

FDC Miami                            Bill Nelson (D)                       Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R18)

P.O. Box 019118                  Mel Martinez (R)

33 NE 4th Street

Miami, FL 33132-2111

(305) 577-0010

 

FPC Montgomery                 Richard Shelby (R)                Terry Everett (R-2)

Maxwell Air Force Base       Jeff Sessions (R)

Montgomery, AL 36112

(334) 293-2100

 

FPC Pensacola                    Bill Nelson (D)                       Jeff Miller (R-1)

110 Raby Avenue                 Mel Martinez (R)

Pensacola, FL 32509

(850) 457-1911

 

FCI Talladega                        Richard Shelby (R)                Michael Rogers (R-3)

565 East Renfro Road         Jeff Sessions (R)

Talladega, AL 35160

(256) 315-4100

 

FCI Tallahassee                    Bill Nelson (D)                       Ander Crenshaw (R-4)

501 Capital Circle NE          Mel Martinez (R)

Tallahassee, FL 32301-3558

(850) 878-2173        

 

FCI Williamsburg                  Lindsay Graham (R) James Clyburn (D-6)

8301 Highway 521                Jim DeMint (R)

Salters, SC 29590

(843) 387-9400

 

FCI Yazoo City                      Thad Cochran (R)                 Benny Thompson (D-2)

P.O. Box 5050                       Trent Lott (R)

Yazoo City, MS 39194

(662) 751-4800

 

Western Region

 

USP Atwater                          Dianne Feinstein (D)            Dennis Cardoza (D-18)

P.O. Box 019000                  Barbara Boxer (D)

1 Federal Way

Atwater, CA 95301

(209) 386-0257

 

FCI Dublin                              Dianne Feinstein (D)            Jerry McNerney (D-11)

5701 8th Street,                     Barbara Boxer (D)

Camp Parks

Dublin, CA 94568

(925) 833-7500

 

FCI Herlong                           Dianne Feinstein (D)            John Doolittle (R-4)

741-925 Access Rd. A-25   Barbara Boxer (D)

Herlong, CA 96113

(530) 827-8000

 

FDC Honolulu                        Daniel Inouye (D)                  Neil Abercrombie (D-1)

351 Elliott Street                   Daniel Akaka (D)

P.O. Box 30547

Honolulu, HI 96820

(808) 838-4200

 

FCI Lompoc                           Dianne Feinstein (D)            Elton Gallegly (R-24)

3600 Guard Road                 Barbara Boxer (D)

Lompoc, CA 93436-2705

(805) 736-4154

 

USP Lompoc                         Dianne Feinstein (D)            Elton Gallegly (R-24)

3901 Klein Blvd.                    Barbara Boxer (D)

Lompac, CA 93436-2706

 

MDC Los Angeles                Dianne Feinstein (D)            Lucille Roybal-Allard (D34)

535 N. Alameda Street        Barbara Boxer (D)

Los Angeles, CA 90012-3405

(213) 485-0439

 

 

 

FCI Phoenix                           John McCain (R)                   John Shadegg (R-3)

37900 N. 45th Avenue          Jon Kyl (R)

Phoenix, AZ 85068

(623) 465-9757

 

FCI Safford                            John McCain (R)                   Rick Renzi (R-1)

P.O. Box 820                         Jon Kyl (R)

1529 W. Hwy. 366

Safford, AZ 85548

(928) 428-6600

 

MCC San Diego                   Dianne Feinstein (D)            Susan Davis (D-53)

808 Union Street                   Barbara Boxer (D)

San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 232-4311

 

FDC Seatac                          Patty Murray (D)                    Adam Smith (D-9)

P.O. Box 13900                    Maria Cantwell (D)               

Seattle, WA 98198                                                              

(206) 870-5700

 

FCI Sheridan                         Ron Wyden (D)                      David Wu (D-1)

27072 SW Ballston Rd.        Gordon Smith (R)     

Sheridan, OR 97378-9620

(503) 843-4442

 

FCI Terminal Island               Dianne Feinstein (D)            Dana Rohrabacher (R-46)

1299 Seaside Avenue         Barbara Boxer (D)               

Reservation Point                                                                

Terminal Island, CA 90731

(310) 831-8961

 

FCI Tucson                            John McCain (R)                   Gabrielle Giffords (D-8)

8901 South Wilmot Road     Jon Kyl (R)

Tucson, AZ 85706-9700

(520) 574-7100

 

FCI Victorville Medium I       Dianne Feinstein (D)            Howard McKeon (R-25)

13777 Air Expressway         Barbara Boxer (D)

Victorville, CA 92394

(760) 246-2400

 

FCI Victorville Medium II       Dianne Feinstein (D)            Howard McKeon (R-25)

13777 Air Expressway         Barbara Boxer (D)

Victorville, CA 92394

(760) 530-5700

USP Victorville                      Dianne Feinstein (D)            Howard McKeon (R-25)

13777 Air Expressway         Barbara Boxer (D)

Victorville, CA 92394

(760) 530-5000

In Unity,

Phil Glover

Legislative Coordinator,

C-33