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."