FACCI BYLAWS

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 categories:

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 computer systems.

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. The individual must be a citizen of the United States or employed by an American business.

D. INTERNATIONAL
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 State’s classification of a nation in determining whether to grant or continue membership for international members.

E. OTHER
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.

A. ACTIVE
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.

B. ACTIVE-RETIRED
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.

C. ACTIVE-LIFETIME
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.

D. INACTIVE
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 of-

A. President

B. Vice-President

C. Secretary

D. Treasurer

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.

 

IV. VOTING

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 purposes.

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 Directors.

 

VI. TRAINING.

Training of members shall be a primary goal of the Association. Each meeting of the Association shall include a training element.

 

VII. MEETINGS.

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.

 

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