On Thursday, July 10th, the Department of Justice (DOJ) posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Public Safety Officers Benefit (PSOB) Program. The proposed rule makes a number of significant changes to the PSOB program. A close examination of the Proposed Regulation suggests that some of the changes the Department of Justice (DOJ) is proposing may make it easier in certain ways for claimants to establish their claims, while some of the proposed changes may either limit the number of individuals who are eligible to receive benefits under the PSOB or impose additional procedural requirements on claimants.
The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) joined a number of other national public safety organizations in submitting comments to the Department of Justice. All comments were required to be submitted to DOJ by 5:00 PM (EST) on Monday, September 8, 2008. DOJ will now consider the public comments be releasing a final rule.
To view the letter submitted by CFSI CLICK HERE (PDF).