Skip to comments.Memorandum Regarding Extension of Benefits to Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Federal Employees
Posted on 06/04/2010 5:12:29 AM PDT by luckybogey
...in a memorandum dated June 2, 2010, President Obama directed agencies to extend a host of benefits to their employees same-sex domestic partners as permitted by law. He also directed me to issue guidance to ensure consistent and appropriate implementation of his memorandum. This memorandum constitutes OPMs guidance.I. DEFINITION OF DOMESTIC PARTNER
For purposes of ensuring consistent implementation of the Presidents memorandum, a domestic partner is a person in a domestic partnership with an employee or annuitant of the same sex. The term domestic partnership is defined as a committed relationship between two adults, of the same sex, in which the partners
(1) are each others sole domestic partner and intend to remain so indefinitely;
(2) maintain a common residence, and intend to continue to do so (or would maintain a common residence but for an assignment abroad or other employment-related, financial, or similar obstacle);
(3) are at least 18 years of age and mentally competent to consent to contract;
(4) share responsibility for a significant measure of each others financial obligations;
(5) are not married or joined in a civil union to anyone else;
(6) are not the domestic partner of anyone else;
(7) are not related in a way that, if they were of opposite sex, would prohibit legal marriage in the U.S. jurisdiction in which they reside;
(8) are willing to certify, if required by the agency, that they understand that willful falsification of any documentation required to establish that an individual is in a domestic partnership may lead to disciplinary action and the recovery of the cost of benefits received related to such falsification, as well as constitute a criminal violation under 18 U.S.C. 1001, and that the method for securing such certification, if required, shall be determined by the agency; and
(9) are willing promptly to disclose, if required by the agency, any dissolution or material change in the status of the domestic partnership.
Agencies may choose to secure documentation (such as a sworn affidavit) to establish the existence of a domestic partnership but they are not required to do so. In determining whether to require documentation, agencies must consider whether a similar requirement is imposed upon opposite-sex spouses, consistent with the Presidents intention that same-sex domestic partners be treated in the same manner as opposite-sex spouses for purposes of these benefits, to the extent permitted by law.
II. BENEFITS OFFERED ON AN AGENCY-BY-AGENCY BASIS
In their reports to OPM, many agencies identified benefits that may not be available Government-wide, but that could be extended (or already have been) to the same-sex domestic partners of agency employees (and their domestic partners children). Section 1.c of the Presidents June 2, 2010 memorandum directs agencies, to the extent consistent with law, to provide to the same-sex domestic partners of agency employees (and their children) the same level of access to these benefits as is provided to spouses (and their children). To ensure the fullest possible application of the requirements of the Presidents memorandum the following benefits should be made available to same-sex domestic partners to the same extent that such benefits are available to spouses (and their children):
* credit union membership; * access to fitness facilities; * hardship transfers to maintain or improve the health of a domestic partner to the same extent provided to opposite-sex spouses; * planning and counseling services (including briefings on employee pay and allowances, career counseling, retirement counseling, financial counseling, resource and referral services, planning sessions for permanent change of duty station, deployment support, parenting support groups, and elder care support groups); * family assistance services (including adoption counseling, parenting counseling, childcare, elder care, financial planning, and home improvements); * family and morale/wellness/recreation (MWR) events (including barbeques, golf outings, or awards ceremonies); * access to medical treatment; * access to lodging or allowances; * joint consideration of transfers; and * accidental death and dismemberment insurance.
III. BENEFITS OFFERED BY NON-TITLE 5 AGENCIES
Section 1.d of the Presidents June 2, 2010 memorandum further provides that those agencies not governed by Title 5, U.S. Code, should take such action as is necessary to ensure that the benefits being offered to their employees spouses (and their children) are also offered at an equivalent level, wherever legally permissible, to their employees same-sex domestic partners (and their children), including the domestic partner (and their children) of agencies non-appropriated fund instrumentalities. The types of benefits already being offered by one or more agencies falling into this category include:
* health insurance premium reimbursement program; * dental insurance (including for retirees); * vision insurance; * dependent life insurance; * relocation assistance and expense program; * employment opportunities for spouse/same-sex domestic partner upon permanent transfer of employee; * business travel accident insurance; * receipt of transferred annual leave to provide care to same-sex domestic partner with medical emergency; * reimbursement of up to $250 (less taxes) for eligible expenses of employee and same-sex domestic partner, including for fitness center memberships, physical exams, and homeowners insurance; and * expressions of sympathy policy recognizing hospitalization, illness, or death of family member, including a same-sex domestic partner, with a floral arrangement, fruit basket, or donation to charity up to $80.
IV. CONTINUING OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE NEW BENEFITS
Agencies should pay particular attention to Section 2 of the Presidents June 2, 2010 memorandum. In that section, the President has imposed an on-going obligation for agencies to make sure that any new benefits they make available to their employees spouse (or spouses children) also be made available to employees same-sex domestic partners (or their children). Agencies should keep this direction in mind when reviewing agency regulations, policies, collective bargaining agreements, and other potential sources of new employee benefits...
 Though Federal law does not currently recognize same-sex marriages, individuals in same-sex marriages recognized by a State or the District of Columbia are eligible to qualify for the benefits covered by the Presidents Memorandum if they meet the definition of domestic partner contained herein.
 In consultation with the Department of Justice, we have concluded that there is no statutory bar that would preclude agencies from extending these benefits to their employees same-sex domestic partners. Changes in agency regulations, policies, contracts, negotiated agreements, or other documents, however, may be necessary to implement the Presidents direction.
 Under this program, employees receive reimbursement of a portion of the premium paid to insure their same-sex domestic partner. This benefit is limited to employees enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan (FEHBP) and whose same-sex domestic partner has no option to enroll in another insurance program, including Medicare or Medicaid. The amount of the reimbursement equals the amount that an employee with a dependent spouse would receive under FEHB. Taxes are withheld from the amount of the reimbursement.
I cannot see why this would nor be challenged by opposite sex domestic partners of federal employees. and what about the trannies? and the bi’s? Can they apply twice?
Everyone! Hook up with a federal employee and line up for free cheese!
O is on a path to croak America as soon as possible. Raiding the till like this reminds me of sharks in a feeding frenzy.
All the able-bodied, lazy, disaffected and undeserving rabble in this country smell blood in the water so of course, “O” is their man!!
I am nauseated with this stuff! I feel like I am working for absolutely NOTHING.
There are at least two kinds of legislation that are not likely to pass anytime this year.
One is immigration reform.
The other is the overturning of the don’t ask don’t tell policy.
So this is just a sop to that left wing base. But if I were them I wouldn’t count on anything more than that. Furthermore such policies can be rescinded in the future.
It’s all based on ‘intention.’ Well, I intend to win the lottery tomorrow. Will it happen? Is it a basis for buying a $2 million house?
It’s the ultimate case of having your cake and eating it too.
When he’s done, the US will look like Zimbabwe.
But hey, they rest of thee world will like us!
Anyone done a study on how much this will cost the taxpayer?
Doesn’t this discriminate against hetereo couples who are shacking up or do they HAVE TO get married?