Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) and Public Safety Officers' Educational Assistance (PSOEA) Programs [Updated January 5, 2022]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Summary: "The Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) program provides cash benefits to federal, state, and local law enforcement officers; firefighters; employees of emergency management agencies; and members of emergency medical services agencies who are killed or permanently and totally disabled as the result of personal injuries sustained in the line of duty. The Public Safety Officers' Educational Assistance (PSOEA) program, a component of the PSOB program, provides higher-education assistance to the children and spouses of public safety officers killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. The PSOB and PSOEA programs are administered by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). [...] Each year, Congress appropriates funding for PSOB death benefits, which is considered mandatory spending, and for PSOB disability benefits and PSOEA benefits, which is subject to annual appropriations. For FY2022, the one-time lump-sum PSOB death and disability benefit is $389,825 and the PSOEA monthly benefit for a student attending an educational institution full-time is $1,298. Public safety officers who contract Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the line of duty may be eligible for PSOB benefits. The Safeguarding America's First Responders Act [...] provides a presumption of PSOB eligibility for public safety officers who were on duty beginning January 1, 2020. On November 18, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the Protecting America's First Responders Act of 2021 [...] which made numerous amendments to the PSOB and PSOEA programs as indicated in various places in this report."

Report Number:
CRS Report for Congress, R45327
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
Media Type:
Help with citations