United Council on Welfare Fraud

Strengthening Integrity in our Public Assistance Programs

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Section 1 - Membership.  Membership shall consist of four classes: regular membership, lifetime membership, affiliate membership, and student membership.

Section 2 - Regular Membership.  Regular membership shall be available to any person directly or indirectly involved in the prevention, detection, and prosecution of welfare fraud.

Section 3 - Lifetime Membership.  Lifetime membership shall be by recognition of past purchase of lifetime membership in the Council and/or The National Welfare Fraud Association (NWFA), successful completion of an elected term as President of the Council and/or NWFA, by honorarium, or by special recognition of the Board of Directors.

Section 4 - Affiliate Membership.  Affiliate membership shall be available to groups of members of government welfare fraud control organizations, as approved by the Board of Directors.

Section 5 – Student Membership. Student membership shall include any student active in the formal study of social work or criminal justice, or other related programs as verified by the Membership Committee of UCOWF. Student membership shall not have voting rights at membership meetings or caucuses, and shall not be eligible for election to the Board of Directors. Requests for student membership must be approved by the Membership Committee of UCOWF, following written support by an active regular member of the United Council on Welfare Fraud. The annual period of membership for Student Members shall be one (1) year from the date of payment of membership dues, and will not be renewable for more than one (1) year beyond graduation or separation date from course of study.

Section 6 - Period of Membership.  The annual period of membership for regular members shall be one (1) year from the date of payment of the membership dues.

Section 7 - Annual Dues.  The Board of Directors shall determine the amounts of annual dues, if any, payable to the Council by the members of each membership class.

Section 8 - Suspension or Expulsion from Membership.

A.  No person who is in default in the payment of dues for thirty (30) days from the date on which such dues become payable shall be considered in good standing or be qualified to vote or otherwise be entitled to receive or exercise any privileges of membership or hold office.

B.  Any member who knowingly acts in a manner detrimental to the best interest of the Council, or violates the Bylaws, rules or regulations, may be suspended or expelled by action of the Board of Directors, after the member has been afforded the opportunity for a hearing before the Board of Directors under procedures set forth in Article III, Section 8.C. of these Bylaws.

C.  Any member who is subject to suspension or expulsion is entitled to a hearing before a hearing panel.  The hearing panel will consist of the President Elect and six Board members randomly selected by the President. The President Elect will preside at the hearing.  The decision of the panel will be determined by a simple majority vote and is binding.


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