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

H.R. 2711

FBI Families of Fallen Heroes Act

Date
May 25, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact

Floor Situation

H.R. 2711 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Monday, May 24, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) on June 4, 2009. It was passed in the House by voice vote on December 8, 2009. The legislation was then passed in the Senate with an amendment by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

H.R. 2711 would provide the Attorney General with the authority to pay the moving and relocation expenses for the family of a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) employee if the employee dies while performing official duties or as a result of the performance of official duties.

Background

According to the bill's findings, Congress has authorized federal agencies to pay the moving or relocation expenses for an employee's family in a number of circumstances, including in the case of an employee who dies while performing official duties outside the continental United States. However, under current law, the government is not authorized to pay for moving and relocation of an employee's family if the death occurs in the United States.

Specific statutory authority is needed to authorize payment of moving and relocation expenses in the event of a death of an FBI employee that occurs in the United States. For instance, Special Agent Sam Hicks, 33, 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 2-year-old son. Special Agent 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.