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Getting Your OIG-I Retiree Credentials
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October 21, 2014

OIG's instruction letter (below) to retirees regarding reissuing a Law Enforcement Officer Identification Card now has a change. The email contact mentioned in the letter is no longer with OIG. The new point of contact is Andrew Beverly at ANDREW.BEVERLY@oig.usda.gov.

July 23, 2014

OIG issued an instruction letter to retirees currently issued a Law Enforcement Officer Identification Card under The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, 18 U.S.C. 926C. Current ID cards will be replaced to comply with changes to the original law. Click here to view this letter in .pdf format.

November 7, 2005

OIG Bulletin M-05-3-3950, dated August 23, 2005, was issued regarding Special Agent retiree credentials under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004. See the topic regarding OIG's implementation for the actual procedures.

Remember, although OIG-USDA has issued a policy for issuing retiree credentials, the agency will not contact retirees about this. It is up to the retirees to initiate any and all actions to obtain the credentials and to follow up on their application.

Unless you live in the DC area, everything regarding the application has to be done by mail - both ways. An indication of headquarters' attitude concerning this process might be determined from the fact that nowhere on the application is there any provision for the retiree's mailing address. Be sure and send a cover letter with all forms.

There have already been reports of application related correspondence disappearing into the headquarters abyss. Of course, it is always blamed on the mail room. If you have not received a response to your inquiry/application within a reasonable time, follow up on it.

December 21, 2005

From John Henry Moore:

Well gang I have been working hard trying to see how this new Retired LEO credential system works. I send a request to H.Q. and received the application by return mail. Having done business with H.Q in the past I returned the application and required ID photo's by FEDEX and made them sign for it.

Guess what H.Q. still lost the photo's and I had to send them the photo's again by Email in the form of a JPEG. So make sure you keep alot of extra ID (passport size)photo's or copies of the JPEG.

Well today I received the ID card by regular U.S. mail. H.Q. asked me to sign the cred's and send them back to H.Q. so they can be signed by the apprpriate Department official.

As a FYI I noticed that the OIG issue number on my cred's was (14) so 13 others have applied and received Cred's. Anyway I will advise you folks when the final OIG approved credential set arrives.

January 9, 2006

From Jeff Thomas:

I just received my Retired LEO Credentials. The process took exactly 4 months.

I got number 009. I wonder who got 007 ???

Here is the time line:

  • Sept. 9, 2005 - I mailed a letter to the AIG-PDRM requesting an application for Retired LEO Credentials.
  • Oct. 5, 2005 - After receiving no response to my Sept. 9 request, I faxed the request to the AIG-PDRM.
  • Oct. 12, 2005 - PDRM responded to my request and mailed the application form.
  • Oct. 17, 2005 - I received the application form.
  • Oct. 19, 2005 - I mailed the completed application back to headquarters.
  • Nov. 29, 2005 - After receiving no response or communication of any kind from PDRM, I faxed the application to the AIG-PDRM and inquired as to its status.
  • Nov. 30, 2005 - I received an e-mail from PDRM saying they received my application on Nov. 10. PDRM said they sent it to Investigations for an NCIC check on Nov. 16 and were awaiting the results.
  • Dec. 14, 2005 - PDRM said they received the results of my NCIC check from Investigations on Dec. 14.
  • Dec. 15, 2005 - PDRM mailed the credentials to me for my signature.
  • Dec. 20, 2005 - I received the credentials, signed my part and mailed them back to PDRM the same day.
  • Jan. 3, 2006 - PDRM mailed me the final, signed credentials.
  • Jan. 9, 2006 - I received the final credentials.

Of interest are the time lapses in this 4 month saga:

  1. Between requesting and receiving the application form - Sept. 9 to Oct. 17.
  2. Between my sending the completed application to PDRM and when they said they received it - Oct. 19 to Nov. 10.
  3. The delay in Investigations completing and returning the NCIC check - Nov. 16 to Dec. 14.
  4. Total time I held up the paperwork: 1 day (Oct. 18th).

My observations on those time lapses re:

  1. It looks like they hoped if they ignored me, I would go away.
  2. Three weeks to receive my application after I mailed it! I suppose it will be blamed on the mail room.
  3. Almost a month to run a simple NCIC check! I expected better from our own folks!
  4. Mea Culpa

January 13, 2006

From Lee Koepping:

Just read your posting about the retired credentials. You are quite correct, living in the WDC area makes it much easier to obtain them. Both Gene Davis (001), Henry Hairston (002), and I (003), "walked" through the process. The rumor mill has it that Patrick (don't call me Kim) Maloney asked for and received 007. Unable to verify.

I made contact (via email) with VSP for a copy of the qualification requirements (practical pistol course) and met with a VSP certified firearms instructor (private security firm) who will qualify me next week.

Will let you know more later--

January 28, 2006

From Lee Koepping:

Just to let you know, in order to carry a concealed weapon under "The Act" I qualified this week using the Virginia State Police (VSP) "50 round Tactical Qualification Course for Revolvers and Semi-automatic Pistols" through a VSP qualified instructor. VSP required me to send a copy of the training completion form and a letter stating I retired in good standing, etc. I did so and will let you know what happens.

February 14,2006

From Lee Koepping:

Received my firearm endorsement from the Virginia State Police (VSP)and can now carry concealed weapon in the U.S. VSP certainly has made the process easy and efficient.