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American Foreign Service Association (AFSA)
Professional Liability Insurance Plan

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Why do you need this insurance?
Simply put, because without it, you probably don't have the coverage you actually need. Remember, the Westfall (Federal Employees Liability Reform and Tort Compensation) Act covers you if it is decided that you were acting within the scope of your employment or it is in the interest of the United States government to defend you. While the federal government can choose whether or not to defend you, it cannot cover monetary damages. Furthermore, regulatory changes now mean employees may be held personally accountable for actions taken while on the job.

In addition to being the lowest cost coverage you can find, this insurance boasts a number of attractive features: a high rated carrier (A); coverage for prior acts
(unless you have foreknowledge that a claim may arise); worldwide coverage; and a four year discovery period. Moreover, this coverage includes all related defense costs.

What about Administrative Defense Protection?
More and more people these days seem to be invited to appear before Congressional Investigative Subcommittee Meetings or summoned before special investigative staff councils, in addition to such things as agency disciplinary actions or accountability boards. Administrative Defense Coverage helps address these costly inconveniences.

What is covered?
Professional Liability:
Wrongful acts, errors or omissions committed or arising within the scope of your service as an employee of the United States Government, such as:

  • Bodily injury
  • Property damage
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Wrongful imprisonment
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Acts without appropriate authority
  • Violation of Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Anti-terrorism Act
  • Related Defense costs are included as part of your Liability coverage

Administrative Legal Defense:
We will provide counsel and the cost of defense and monetary penalties arising out of any disciplinary proceeding, for any act, error or omission in professional services rendered or which should have been rendered in your capacity as an employee of the United States Government. Of course, we will not be liable for defense costs or fines if the final disposition determines that the act, error or omission was criminal.

Four Year Discovery Period:
Coverage extends after expiration of your policy for a full four years for acts committed or alleged to have been committed prior to expiration as long as your policy is not cancelled for non-payment of premium.

Prior Acts:
Acts prior to policy inception, from your first day of service in the federal government, are also covered as long as you had no knowledge, prior to signing the application, of any claim or action, error or omission which might result in a claim or action.

What is not covered?

  • Workers Compensation
  • Willful violation of the law or acts of fraud
  • Automobile, watercraft, aircraft liability
  • Nuclear energy liability
  • Damage to property owned or occupied by you or in your care, custody, or control
  • Liability assumed under any contract or agreement
  • Prior acts while not in the full-time employment of the United States Government or if you have foreknowledge that a claim may arise

Your coverage will go into effect on the first day of the month following receipt of completed and signed application. All certificates are issued for a period of one year. The chart below shows the premiums for each coverage option.

$1,000,000 Liability:

$100,000 Administrative Defense $250,000 Administrative Defense




$2,000,000 Liability:

$100,000 Administrative Defense $250,000 Administrative Defense





How do I apply?
It could not be easier. Click here to apply online.

If you prefer, print out and complete the enrollment form, sign and date the form, and mail with check (payable to The Hirshorn Company) to:

AFSA Desk - The Hirshorn Company
14 East Highland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118

For more information, please use our online request form or download the brochure.


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What about Reimbursement?

The State Department encourages the purchase of this policy. The State Department has a policy in place to reimburse certain employees for up to 50%, or $175, whichever is less, of the cost of professional liability insurance.



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