Civilian Service Recognition Act (Flags for the Fallen)

In 2011, SEA successfully shepherded through legislation to allow agencies to provide flags to the next of kin of civilian federal employees killed in the line of duty. The proposal was first brought to SEA by former career federal employee and veteran Terry Newell and later became legislation championed by Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY). SEA was proud to take the lead on an issue that needed to be rectified – ensuring a mechanism in place to honor the hundreds of federal employees that lost their lives in service to their country.  A coalition was formed to work on getting this legislation passed that included SEA along with the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA).

Nearly three years later, OPM finally issued the final rule implementing the law. SEA has revived the coalition it built to push for passage of the law to now work on implementation. As career leaders of the government, SEA hopes you share the belief that it is the least we can do to honor our colleagues who give their lives in service to the country.  Below are letters, press releases, and additional informative documents spanning the introduction of the legislation to the law's current status."

"Civilian Service Recognition Act - History and Current Status"  Power Point presentation from October 2014

"Honoring Fallen Civil Service Heroes - Where We Stand"  October 2014

OPM Guidance for Agencies - Flag Recognition Benefit for Fallen Federal Civilian Employees

Letter to OPM Director Archuleta Calling for Final Flag Benefit Regulations to be Issued August 21, 2014 Letter from SEA, NARFE, FLEOA and American Foreign Service Association (AFSA)

OPM's Final Rule for Flag Recognition Benefit for Fallen Federal Civilian Employee Published in September 10, 2014 edition of the Federal Register

SEA's Comments on Proposed Rule for Flag Recognition Benefit June 19, 2013 letter to OPM

OPM's Proposed Rule for Flag Recognition Benefit with Request for Comments Published in June 17, 2013 edition of the Federal Register

"OPM Releases Final Regulations Allowing Flags for Fallen Feds"  September 9, 2014 press release from SEA, NARFE and FLEOA

"Senior Executives Association Disappointed that Ceremony for the Civilian Service Recognition Act Omits Originators of Proposal and Key Supporters"  December 21 2011 press release from SEA

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