Investigation Criticizes Handling of PSOB Claims

An investigation by the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Inspector General has produced a report that is sharply critical of the department's failure to implement the Hometown Heroes Act as Congress intended. It confirms complaints from fire and police...


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Along with the Inspector General's report, the Bureau of Justice Assistance is writing "The Attorney General's Guide to the Hometown Heroes Act," which will be a manual to consolidate all instructions for claim applications. According to the report, one of its goals will be to "translate the legal language...and regulations into more understandable terms." Hopefully, it will be ready for use by next January, when a new President will appoint a new Attorney General who may, or may not, know much about PSOB and the Hometown Heroes Act. But the "AG Guide" will be there to guide him (or her) in the right direction.

HAL BRUNO, a Firehouse® contributing editor, retired as political director for ABC News in Washington and served almost 40 years as a volunteer firefighter. He is a director of the Chevy Chase, MD, Fire Department and recently retired as chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.