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We're excited to welcome the The FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) to Capri Bookkeeping Solutions! The FBIAA provides support and advocacy to more than 14,000 active and former FBI Special Agents. We're proud to work with this exceptional organization and recently sat down with Jean K. O’Connor FBIAA Executive Director to learn more about their mission.
Q. Tell us about the FBI Agents Association mission and history?
The FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) is an organization founded in 1981 with a mission to advance & safeguard the careers, economic interests, conditions of employment and welfare of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Agents & retired FBI Agents. We fulfill this mission by providing support and advocacy to more than 14,000 active and former FBI Special Agents.
Q. What should we know about the FBIAA?
The FBIAA National Executive Board is made of Agents elected by their peers to represent Agent issues as well as on Capitol Hill. This board is divided into regions which cover the geographical United States. Each of the 56 Field Offices has a local Chapter Representative, who brings concerns and ideas to the National Executive Board. This makes the FBIAA truly an organization which represents the Field Agents throughout the country.
Q. What services do you provide FBI agents and what are some of the FBIAA’s accomplishments.
The services to members of our organization include internal advocacy within the Bureau, legal representation, legislative advocacy and financial support to members, offered through both the Memorial College Fund and the Member Assistance Fund. A couple of the hi-lights are below:
• On a bi-annual basis the FBIAA honors Special Agents for exemplary work on cases. These awards are very meaningful as they are recognition by the honorees’ peers.
• Lobbied to pass the Sam Hicks Act, granting statutory authority to the heads of federal law enforcement agencies to assist the families of 1811s killed in the line of duty with relocation costs, should they need to move back home.
• Vigorously worked to have accumulated sick leave under FERS credited to an employee’s length of service for pension calculation purposes.
• Successfully urged Congress to extend the 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund through 2092. Worked to have those lost to 9/11 illnesses recognized as line of duty deaths. The FBI has lost 17 employees related to illnesses from exposures during the response to the three crash sites, and have dozens more who are currently ill.
Q. Tell us about the Memorial College Fund and Membership Assistance Fund.
The FBIAA maintains both the FBIAA Memorial College Fund (MCF) and the FBIAA Membership Assistance Fund (MAF), including the SA Jeffrey Drubner Legacy Fund. Contributions to both funds are tax deductible.
The MCF was created following two tragic incidents resulting in the loss of five Special Agents of the FBI. The MCF provides financial assistance to the children and spouses of deceased FBI Agents in obtaining a collegiate level education. The MCF currently provides approximately 75% of the annual cost of attending college for the fund recipients. This fund has assisted over 250 students reach their dream of a college education.
The MAF was established for the purpose of providing financial assistance to Association Members and their families who have been affected by a sudden unforeseen tragedy or catastrophic event. The impetus for the MAF was the donations received by the FBIAA to assist the FBI victims of Hurricane Katrina, a series of California wildfires, and a terrorist attack in Pakistan. The formal establishment of this fund allows the generosity of the donors to be properly recognized and to provide assistance those Special Agent Members in need.
The SA Jeffrey Drubner Legacy Fund was initiated by a former New York Field Office Agent to recognize the sacrifices made by Agents and to assist their families following a line of duty death. The Fund was expanded to assist Special Agents shot and wounded in the line of duty during adversarial action. These injured agents receive financial assistance from the SA Jeffrey Drubner Legacy Fund.
Q. Why did you decide to seek bookkeeping services?
The FBIAA decided to use a bookkeeping service as a way to manage the small number of employees working at the FBIAA. Capri came very highly recommended by a member of the FBIAA. Hiring a trusted bookkeeping service allows us to focus on providing services to our members, while outsourcing part of our administrative duties.
Q. Tell us about your experience working with Capri so far?
Our experience with Capri has been very positive. The service provided to the FBIAA was tailored to our requirements. Amanda is very responsive to our daily and weekly needs by preparing our payments, reconciling our accounts, and ensuring that we are accurately accounting for our income and expenses.
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If you think bookkeeping begins and ends with organizing invoices and recording transactions, you need an update on the role of a bookkeeper and the critical functions they provide for your business. Sure, keeping organized records and transactions is an essential responsibility, but bookkeeping offers so many more benefits! Today, we review a few ways bookkeeping is more than just record-keeping.
Our bookkeeping team is updating your books and reviewing financial data daily. We analyze and interpret your financial statements and take a proactive approach to make changes based on your financial needs.
We also monitor cash flow, the payments being transferred into and out of a business. With expert eyes on your cash flow throughout the year, we help with your budget to maximize your business and meet your business goals.
Tax and Audit-Ready Financials
With accurately categorized expenses and organized records, you will be ready for tax filing or if your business is audited. You'll have peace of mind, knowing that at any time, your books are in safe hands.
Cost and Time Saving
Outsourcing your bookkeeping will save you time and ultimately money. By paying an outsourced certified bookkeeper, you automatically increase the value of your firm. It means you don't have to pay for things like payroll taxes, overhead and, sick leave. Plus, you'll be able to focus on other areas of your business instead of being behind the desk balancing the book.
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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Women's Equality Day, as it has come to be known, is a day to celebrate and honor the obstacles and achievements women have made in the fight for gender equality.
"I am especially proud of the amazing women who work here at Capri Bookkeeping Solutions! This talented group of women are not just savvy finance professionals; they are dedicated mothers, caring friends, community advocates, committed leaders, and everyday influencers in business and beyond. These women are at the core of Capri Bookkeeping Solutions and have my continued support. I advocate for creating a supportive, gender-inclusive environment in the present and future." – Founder and CEO, Ethan Capri
In honor of Women's Equality Day, we sat down with a few of the Women of Capri to get their perspective on this important day:
Q. What woman inspires you and why?
Andrea: "Erin Andrews and Sam Ponder inspire me. Both are sports broadcasters that broke through a predominately male industry and are succeeding in their endeavors."
Natalie: "My biggest inspiration will forever be my mom who is no longer with us. My mom built up a family and established herself, even though she came here from Russia and did not know the language. She worked hard and moved up the ladder. Her strength and drive has always motivated me and I always aspire to be like her."
Q. What is one piece of advice you would give to women or girls in the workplace?
Andrea: "Be willing to work hard at your job, have a positive attitude, work well with others and support your co-workers."
Natalie: "Women should always uplift other women! A lot of the time I see women put each other down or be competitive. In the workplace, we should always offer a kind word of encouragement to each other. We are all ROCKSTARS. A simple compliment or kind act can always go such a long way!"
Q. What aspects surrounding equality have you seen shift in the workplace, specifically since you started your career?
Andrea: "There are many more women succeeding in management and leadership roles today. It's wonderful to see how far we've come!"
Natalie: "Seeing more woman in charge. More woman are owning companies and hold CEO positions. I think woman are showing true drive and power– it's amazing!"
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There is no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has had a negative impact on small businesses. From business closures to remote work, the COVID-19 outbreak has forced businesses to adapt. Here at Capri Bookkeeping Solutions we understand the challenges the pandemic has caused and are here to support other small businesses like ourselves.
We believe that all business is essential. Our economy and community are built around the many small businesses like you that we serve. Capri Bookkeeping Solutions is working to bring you the best resources and information to help you navigate this challenging time. We are here to help you make sound financial decisions, navigate the COVID-19 resources available to you, and manage your bookkeeping to keep your business moving forward.
Stay safe and healthy,
– Ethan Capri, Founder and CEO, Capri Bookkeeping Solutions