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Extension of Benefits to DoD Civilian Employees Same-Sex Domestic Partners Workshop September 8, 2011 Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Services 1 Commitment.

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1 Extension of Benefits to DoD Civilian Employees Same-Sex Domestic Partners Workshop September 8, 2011 Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Services 1 Commitment to Equality 1

2 Presidential Directive to Take Action Historical Background Presidential Memorandums Directing Executive Agency Action June 17, 2009 - required agencies to determine those benefits that could be extended to same-sex domestic partners (SSDPs) by policy or regulation June 2, 2010 – agencies required to take immediate action, consistent with existing law, to extend equivalent level benefits to SSDPs Office of Personnel Management July 10, 2009 – tasked agencies to conduct agency wide review of workplace flexibilities and policies to determine benefits that could be extended September 30, 2009 – DoD responded to OPM reporting benefits to be extended June 2, 2010 Tasked agencies to ensure consistent and appropriate implementation of the Presidents June 2 memo Provided a definition of Domestic Partner Listed benefits identified by agencies that could be extended 2

3 Some Benefits Have Been Extended Actions Since 2009 to Extend Benefits General Services Agency GSA interim regulations amended the Federal Travel Regulation to add terms and definitions for Domestic Partners effective (March 3, 2011) Department of Defense Revision to the Joint Travel Regulation enabled payment of certain allowances and expenses to civilian employees same-sex domestic partners, as well as their children and other immediate family members named in the employees household (March 3, 2011) DoD Dependent Schools Teacher Transfer Program – consideration for joint assignments in foreign areas (effective school year 2009/2010) Office of Personnel Management (OPM) The Office of Personnel Management, by regulation, extended benefits to SSDPs for: Leave without pay flexibilities (June 2, 2010) Federal Long Term Care Insurance (July 1, 2010) Family-friendly leave (July 14, 2010) 3

4 NAF Benefits Extended Through Policy Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) Benefits Most NAF Benefits and Allowances under SecDef Discretionary Authority Presidential Memo tasked non-title 5 entities, such as NAF, to take action Moving forward on revising NAF benefit policies not rooted in statute Revision to DoDI 1400.25, Vol 1401, Contains Overarching Authority to Extend Benefits to NAF Employees SSDPs – First NAF Policy Out the Gate Package now with USD(P&R) for signature Publication expected in time to allow NAF employees to enroll SSDPs in DoD-wide NAF Health Benefits Program during 2011 Fall Open Enrollment for 2012 coverage Associated tax implications being worked – benefits for SSDPs are taxable Generic SSDP documentation vetted with Components NAF benefits POCs Further Revisions to DoDI Consistent with Vol 1401 Authority ( see Status Chart) NAF insurance and retirement (Vol 1408) Overseas allowances & differentials and family member preference (Vol 1412) Leave and attendance (Vol 1406) Employment (Vol 1403) Implementing Adjustments to Component Benefits Policies/Programs to Follow 4

5 DCPAS HR Benefits Panel Discussion Jim Davey, Compensation Team Leave Programs Relocation Travel Transportation Expenses Overseas Allowances and Differentials Jeanne Scharch, Staffing and Civilian Transition Programs Employment (Priority Placement Program Employment of Family Members in Foreign Areas Eligibility for Noncompetitive Appointment Taiwanna Smith, Benefits Programs Long Term Care Insurance Insurable Interest Designation (CSRS and FERS) Mike Mulloy, Non Appropriated Fund Programs William Hunt, Non Appropriated Fund Programs 5

6 Non-HR Benefits Panel Discussion Jeff Register, Operations and Policy Support, Defense Human Resource Activity (DHRA) DoD ID Cards, Resources and Oversight Division, Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) Child Development Programs Karen Smitsky, Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) Resale Activities Access Mark Ellis, TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) Medical Treatment Facility Access 6

7 DOMA Defines Spouse Challenge for Statutory Benefits Key Statutory Benefits that may not be Extended due to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Federal Employees Health Benefits Program Survivor annuity benefits Allowances when family members are defined as a spouse in enabling statute Legislation Proposed in 2009 to add a New Category of Family Member, to include SSDPs in Federal Benefits did not Advance Legislation to Repeal DOMA has not Progressed OPM Anticipates that DOMA will be Fought and Overturned in Courts 7

8 Ongoing Efforts to Resolve Challenges Documentation of Relationship OPM allowing agency discretion and does not anticipate establishing a consistent requirement or standard form for documentation Documentation cannot be required for SSDP relationship when requirements are not in place for marriages and births – consistency is paramount A DoD form is under development, but not yet available Marketing and Training Develop and communicate information to the Components as benefits are extended Ensure consistent application of extension of benefits across DoD Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA) Established by Department of State Some countries laws may prohibit entrance of SSDP as a member of household CPP currently reviewing all SOFAs to determine those countries that may pose challenges to consistent extension of benefits from one country to another 8

9 Ongoing Efforts to Resolve Challenges Tax Implications SSDPs and spouses are treated differently under federal and most states tax laws Employers must provide information on the taxable value of the benefit provided to an SSDP Have all Benefits, and Support Programs, Possible for Extension to SSDPs of Civilian Employees been Identified? Military Family Support Policies Are there family support policies that extend to civilian employees that should now include support to SSDPs of civilian employees? Is there a link between repeal of Dont Ask Dont Tell and extension of benefits and inclusion of SSDPs of civilian employees as members of the DoD family? 9


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