November 16, 1998
I. MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS.
Membership in the Florida Association of Computer Crime Investigators (FACCI) shall be
limited to persons who are of high moral character and are in one of the following
A. SWORN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS (Civil and Military)
Those employees of the United States, or a political subdivision thereof, vested with the
authority to investigate criminal violations, bear arms, and effect arrests.
B. NONSWORN GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES (Civil and Military)
Those full time employees of the United States or a political subdivision thereof, who are
involved in (a) the investigation and/or prosecution of criminal activity in which
computers and/or other advanced technologies are utilized and/or (b) the security of
C. PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYEES
Those individuals that are employed by private or public corporations whose primary duties
are for the security of computer related resources within their organization or who are
engaged in computer related investigations. Individuals who are engaged in computer
related investigations, other than internal corporate investigations, must have written
sponsorship by an Active FACCI member and provide documentation of having conducted a
minimum of three computer related investigations for Fortune 1000 clients.
individual must be a citizen of the United States or employed by an American business.
Those full time employees of a nation, other than the United States, or a political
subdivision thereof, vested with the authority to investigate criminal violations, bear
arms, and effect arrests. Those full time employees of any nation, other than the United
States, or a political subdivision thereof, who are involved in (a) the investigation
and/or prosecution of criminal activity in which computers and/or other advanced
technologies are utilized and/or (b) the security of computer systems. The Board of
Directors shall consider such factors as the United States Department of States
classification of a nation in determining whether to grant or continue membership for
Any other individual whose membership is desirable and beneficial to the organization.
Membership under this category is only available by invitation of the Board of Directors.
Persons who apply for membership shall be granted membership subject to the approval of
a majority of the Board of Directors. No applicant will be denied membership on the basis
of sex, color, race, religion, or ethnic origin.
II. MEMBERSHIP STATUS.
Members who attend at least one FACCI Conference every two years shall be in Active
status. Active members will receive notices of all meetings and all other privileges
reserved for Active members.
Active members who retire from the position that qualified them for FACCI membership shall
be in Retired status. To remain in Retired status, Retired members must attend at least
one FACCI Conference every two years. Retired members will receive notices of all meetings
and all other privileges reserved for Active members.
At its discretion, the Board of Directors may confer Lifetime status upon any FACCI
member. Lifetime status shall be used as a means to recognize those members who have made
significant contributions to FACCI. Lifetime members are exempt from any membership dues,
conference registration fees, or other costs. Lifetime members will receive notices of all
meetings and all other privileges reserved for Active members.
Members that have not attended at least one FACCI Conference in two years will be placed
in Inactive status. To be returned to Active or Retired status, Inactive members must go
through the new member application process, including the payment of seventy-five percent
(75%) of the current membership fee.
III. OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
The Officers of the Florida Association of Computer Crime Investigators shall consist
E. Training Coordinator.
The term for each office shall be two (2) years. The officers must be members of the
organization and no less than three of the officers must be residents of or employed in
the State of Florida. No less than three of the elected officers shall be sworn law
enforcement officers or government employed criminal investigators.
The Board of Directors shall consist of the elected officers of the organization.
The Board of Directors may transact business via those means that they determine to be
appropriate, to include actual meetings, virtual meetings, and email. Decisions by the
Board of Directors will be by a simple majority vote of the members.
There shall also be a non-elected position, known as Immediate Past-President. This
position shall be filled by the person who has served as President immediately prior to
the currently serving President. This position shall be advisory in nature, intended to
provide a continuity to the Association. The Immediate Past-President will not be a voting
member of the Board of Directors.
In the event that an officer cannot complete their term, a replacement shall be
appointed by unanimous vote of the remaining officers.
A. VOTING RIGHTS. Only Active members in categories A, B, C, and E of Section I above,
who are residents of or employed in the State of Florida are eligible to vote in
elections, changes to the Bylaws, and changes to the Standards of Conduct.
B. ELECTION OF OFFICERS. Officers shall be elected at the first regular meeting of each
even numbered year by secret ballot by a majority of the qualified members present at the
meeting at which the election takes place.
C. CHANGES TO BYLAWS. Proposed changes to the organizational bylaws shall be
submitted to, or by, the Board of Directors. Any change to the Bylaws must be by majority
vote of the Board of Directors. Any changes made to the bylaws will be presented to the
membership in the meeting notice of the next scheduled meeting, and at the next scheduled
meeting. The proposed changes will become final if approved by the majority of the
qualified voting membership present at the meeting at which the vote was taken.
D. GENERAL BUSINESS. All other votes on general business of the Association shall pass
by a majority of Active members present at any general meeting.
V. ASSOCIATION MONIES.
A. MEMBERSHIP FEE. The Board of Directors shall establish a one-time membership fee to
be collected from all new members when they join the organization. This fee, less a
twenty-five percent (25%) discount, shall also apply to inactive members applying to be
reinstated to active status.
B. MEMBERSHIP DUES. There shall be no dues collected for membership in the Florida
Association of Computer Crime Investigators until such time that it is deemed necessary by
the Board of Directors for the execution and continuation of the organization's goals and
C. MAINTENANCE & DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS. Disbursement of funds shall require the
approval of the majority of the Board of Directors. The Treasurer, as custodian of the
Association's funds, shall disburse the funds in accordance with the decisions of the
Board of Directors. The alternate shall be the Vice-President. Both names shall be on the
signatory authority of the bank account. The Treasurer shall pay all legitimate financial
obligations of the organization. All officers, as agents of the organization, have a
fiduciary responsibility to the Association. In this capacity, no officer shall commit the
Association to financial obligations without the majority approval of the Board of
Training of members shall be a primary goal of the Association. Each meeting of the
Association shall include a training element.
A. TIME & LOCATION. Meetings will be held twice a year. Meetings will be held at a
place and time determined by the Board of Directors. Meetings may be held in any location
within the State of Florida, and may be hosted by employing agencies/companies of members.
B. ATTENDANCE. Only FACCI members, or those individuals who would qualify for
membership under Category A, B, C, or D of Section I may attend FACCI meetings. The Board
of Directors may make exceptions to this policy for individuals.
C. SENSITIVE INFORMATION TRAINING SESSIONS. The Board may designate specific training
sessions during a meeting as having sensitive information. Such sessions shall be limited
to attendance by those members who are in Category A or B of Section I, those attendees
that would qualify for membership in Category A or B of Section I, and others specified by
the Board of Directors. The sensitive sessions may be held after the conclusion of the
regular meeting. If they are held during the regular meeting, an alternate session will be
provided for those attendees not eligible to participate in the sensitive session.
VIII. STANDARDS OF CONDUCT.
The Association shall promulgate Standards of Conduct. These
standards will be developed by the Board of Directors and approved by the membership at a
regular meeting. Modifications to the standards may be made at regular meetings. The
obtaining of employment that is, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, in conflict
with the stated purposes and/or goals of FACCI shall disqualify an individual from
continued membership. If the Board of Directors finds a member to have violated the
Standards of Conduct, they may suspend or terminate that individual's membership.
VIV. STATEMENT OF DISCLAIMER.
This Association is created to act in a support capacity to the already existing
criminal justice and governmental agencies within the State of Florida, and in no way will
be placed in a position of endorsement or enhancement to the commercial purposes of any
given computer firm or other private commercial venture.