1811 Magazine — Summer 2011
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A Letter To The Department Of Labor By Jon Adler

April 20, 2011

Daniel Petrole
Deputy Inspector General
U. S. Department of Labor
Office of Inspector General
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210

Dear Deputy IG Petrole:

On behalf of the 26,000 members of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), including the Special Agents within the Department of Labor, I am writing to express my concern regarding the classification of GS-1811’s as “non-essential.” In light of the formidable law enforcement mission performed by your Special Agent workforce, I respectfully ask that they be considered essential and exempted from any future plans to furlough government employees.

Undoubtedly, DOL Special Agents are critical to our country’s law enforcement model, and are active participants in federal task forces and grand jury investigations. U.S. Attorney offices across our country recognize the true value that DOL Special Agents bring to their investigations. To wit, your Special Agents have produced staggering results in 2010, with 175 indictments, 158 convictions and $85 million in monetary accomplishments. The American public and the U.S. Attorney offices cannot afford to lose these results, nor the dedicated Special Agents who deliver them.

As we both know, neither crime nor criminals take pause. By subjecting a Special Agent to a furlough, we are empowering the criminal element. The disruption caused by placing a Special Agent on furlough is beyond measure. Whether a Special Agent is working a grand jury investigation, overseeing an undercover operation, preparing for the execution of a warrant, or participating in a task force operation, the continuity of their work is absolutely essential to the law enforcement mission.

FLEOA will continue to engage the appropriations subcommittee in an effort to educate them on the absolute need to provide funding for all our law enforcement components. Law enforcement officers should not fall under the “non-security discretionary” spending category. Instead, they should be properly classified and funded under “mandatory security.” FLEOA stands ready to assist you and your agency to ensure that you receive the necessary funding for your law enforcement component.

The platform for any sustained democracy is built on the unwavering foundation of law and order. Every DOL Special Agent contributes to the maintenance and integrity of that precious foundation; please exempt them from any future furlough.

Respectfully yours,
Jon Adler, National President, FLEOA