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Federal Employees News Digest : Feb. 18, 2013
memo was released the day before 1,500 AFGE and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees activ- ists were slated to conduct a lunchtime rally on Capitol Hill to protest impend- ing budget cuts to federal services. To see more, go to: http://afgeunion- blog.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/ sequestration_4-pager_single_feb6-2. pdf, www.ayotte.senate.gov/?p=press_ release&id=833, or www.whitehouse.gov/ the-press-office/2013/02/08/press-gaggle- press-secretary-jay-carney-federal-con- troller-omb-danny-wer. ••• In Brief Military service members’ same-sex partners to get additional benefits Defense Secretary Leon Panetta last week signed a memorandum that expands the range of benefits available to same-sex domestic partners of mili- tary service members. In announcing the policy change, Panetta said that the repeal of the mili- tary's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy more than a year ago "made clear that discrimination based on sexual orienta- tion has no place in the Department of Defense." "At the time of repeal, I committed to reviewing benefits that had not previ- ously been available to same-sex part- ners based on existing law and policy," Panetta said. "It is a matter of funda- mental equity that we provide similar benefits to all of those men and women in uniform who serve their country. The department already provides a group of benefits that are member-designated. Today, I am pleased to announce that after a thorough and deliberate review, the department will extend additional benefits to same-sex partners of service members." Panetta said that the Defense of Marriage Act still limits DOD from extending certain benefits---such as health care and housing allowances---to partners who are not legally defined as spouses. He noted that the act is cur- rently under Supreme Court review. "While it will not change during my tenure as secretary of defense, I foresee a time when the law will allow the depart- ment to grant full benefits to service members and their dependents, irre- spective of sexual orientation." Panetta said. "Until then, the department will continue to comply with current law while doing all we can to take care of all soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and their families." The Feb. 11 memo provided a list of benefits for which same sex-domes- tic partners and their children would become eligible if service members and partners sign a declaration affirming that they are in a committed relation- ship. The benefits include commissary and exchange privileges, dependent ID cards, emergency leave, childcare, February 18, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 29 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued from page 4 One Website... Breaking News Policy Reference Legal Updates Job Listings Forums Career Blogs Retirement Strategy Pay & Bene ts Guidance Financial Planning ...Hundreds of Resources www.FederalDaily.com Check in daily to: • Read headlines and top stories, including breaking policy news • Find job opportunities and federal resources inside FedCentral • Join the conversation with 50,000+ feds in the Federal Soup forums • Shop for federal benefts and retirement guides in the FedStore continued on page 6
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