H.R. 2711: FBI Families of Fallen Heroes Act

H.R. 2711

FBI Families of Fallen Heroes Act

Date
December 8, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

H.R. 2711 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage.  The legislation was introduced by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) on June 4, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.R. 2711 would authorize the Department of Justice (DOJ) to pay for the moving, transportation, and relocation expenses attributable to a change of residence within the U.S. of the immediate family of a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) employee who dies in the performance of official duties.  The bill will also extend benefits to cover the expenses of preparing and transporting the remains of the deceased to the place where the family will reside following the employee's death (or another appropriate place for interment).

An amendment will likely be made on the floor to expand the bill to all federal law enforcement officers and change the name to the "Special Agent Samuel Hicks Families of Fallen Heroes Act."

Background

Currently, when FBI requires an employee to relocate for official purposes, the FBI is authorized to pay transportation, relocation, and moving expenses of the employee and the employee's family.  While the FBI is authorized to pay these expenses if an FBI employee is killed while performing official duties overseas, the FBI is not authorized to fund a family's relocation if an FBI employee dies while performing official duties domestically. 

This bill has been introduced for Special Agent Sam Hicks, 33, who was assigned to the Pittsburgh FBI office and was fatally shot on November 19, 2008, while executing a federal search warrant associated with a drug distribution ring.  He was survived by his wife and two-year old son.  SA Hicks was a former police officer with the Baltimore Police Department; he and his family relocated to Pittsburgh when he became an Agent.  The Bureau was unable to assist the Hicks' family in moving back to Baltimore.

Cost

CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2711 would have no significant cost to the federal government.  Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.  H.R. 2711 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.