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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What does a FEDS policy pay for any criminal proceeding or investigation into any act, error, or omission?

The FEDS policy pays for legal defense up to $100,000 for any criminal proceeding or investigation into any act, error, or omission committed by a federal employee while rendering a professional service.

See Disciplinary Scenarios and Civil Scenarios also covered by the policy.

Scenario 1

HUD auditor and compliance officer was required to testify in a federal criminal trial against a defendant accused of lender/mortgage violations. During and after the trial, it was alleged by defense counsel and the judge that the HUD employee may have committed perjury on the witness stand. After a lengthy criminal investigation, DOJ filed criminal charges against the HUD employee for false statements and perjury. As a FEDS policy holder, you would be assigned a criminal defense attorney to represent you throughout the criminal investigation and prosecution.

Scenario 2

A Forest Service employee is an incident commander on a wildland fire that blows up and out of control and tragically claims the life of several Forest Service employees. The fire blew up out of control because of unpredictable weather conditions and the presence of dangerous fuels. As required by federal law, the Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducts a criminal manslaughter investigation to determine whether the incident commander and other employees were negligent in their fighting or management of the fire and whether they ultimately contributed to the death of their fellow fire fighters. As a result of the OIG investigation, DOJ initiates a criminal prosecution against the incident commander. At the same time, and on a parallel track, the Forest Service conducts its own accident and management investigation to assess accountability and proposes disciplinary actions against the involved employees. If you were a member of FEDS, you would be assigned a criminal defense attorney to defend you throughout the criminal investigation and prosecution of you. You would also be assigned an attorney to defend you throughout the agency administrative or investigative process, as well as any resulting disciplinary action.

Scenario 3

As a CO, you recommended that a particular company be awarded a contract for a project that you will be overseeing. After the award is made, you learn that your wife’s brother works for the company that was awarded the contract. Even though you did not know that your wife’s brother worked for the company prior to the award, a criminal investigation is commenced to ascertain whether you did in fact know your wife’s brother worked for the company and whether it influenced your recommendation. As a FEDS policy holder, you would be assigned a criminal defense attorney to represent you throughout the criminal investigation and defend any resulting disciplinary action.

Scenario 4

An officer is involved in altercation with an inmate resulting in serious life threatening injuries to the inmate. The inmate files assault and battery charges against the officer. As a FEDS policy holder, you would be assigned a criminal defense attorney to defend you throughout the criminal investigation and prosecution of you. You would also be assigned an attorney to defend you throughout the agency administrative or investigative process, as well as any resulting disciplinary action.

Scenario 5

An IRS employee makes an inadvertent disclosure of tax information and an overzealous TIGTA agent investigates it as a willful 6103 criminal disclosure. As a FEDS policy holder, you would be assigned a criminal defense attorney to defend you throughout the criminal investigation. You would also be assigned an attorney to defend you throughout the agency administrative process, as well as any resulting disciplinary action.

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