Families wait for final rule granting flags for feds killed in line of duty (Article)
Jennifer Mattingley, Director of Government Affairs, Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C., a federal employment law firm, was quoted in the Federal News Radio article, "Families wait for final rule granting flags for feds killed in line of duty" in June 2014.
Even after President Woodrow Wilson issued an official proclamation in 1916 declaring June 14 as "Flag Day," it took lawmakers another 33 years to formally recognize the day by an act of Congress.
Federal employee advocates are hoping they won't have to wait quite that long for the Office of Personnel Management to finalize regulations allowing the family members of civilian federal employees killed in the line of duty to be presented with an American flag.
Congress unanimously passed the "Civilian Service Recognition Act" in late 2011, allowing agency heads to present an American flag in honor of federal employees killed in the line of duty as the result of a crime, terrorism or natural disaster.