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Federal Employees News Digest : July 15, 2013
OPM to offering coverage only to those couples who are legally married in one of the 13 states, plus the District of Columbia, that permit it. As a result, same-sex civil unions or other forms of domestic partnership other than marriage still will be ineli- gible for most federal benefits, according to the letter. Read more at: www.opm.gov/retire- ment-services/publications-forms/bene- fits-administration-letters/2013/13-203. pdf. President asks again for reorganization authority President Obama this month once again urged Congress to restore the pres- ident's authority to reorganize the fed- eral government. The appeal to lawmak- ers came as he outlined a management agenda aimed at making the government more efficient and effective. "Last year, I also asked Congress for the authority to reorganize and con- solidate the federal bureaucracy," he said. "We're doing a lot of this work admin- istratively, but unfortunately there are still a bunch of rules, a lot of legislation that has poorly designed some of our agencies and forces folks to engage in bureaucratic hoop jumping instead of just going ahead and focusing on mis- sion and delivering good service to our citizens. So what we've asked is let's clean this up. Let's consolidate it." Obama first formalized his request in February 2012 when he sent Congress a legislative proposal---the Reforming and Consolidating Government Act---that would grant him streamlined author- ity to reorganize and consolidate federal agencies. While most presidents from the time of Herbert Hoover had fast-track reorga- nization authority, none has had it since the 1980s, when Congress allowed the authority to expire during the Reagan administration. Under Obama's 2012 proposal, the renewed authority would duplicate pro- cedures contained in the earlier, expired version, including a provision that would allow Congress to approve or deny reorganization plans on an expedited basis through an up or down vote. It also would allow the president to make amendments to plans pending in com- mittee. Once reinstated, Congress would have to reauthorize it every two years. The administration had indicated at the time that the first use of the authority would be to consolidate core functions of six federal departments and agencies that focus on business and trade, includ- ing the Commerce Department and the Small Business Administration. "It makes sense for us to be able to redesign government so that it can deliv- er on the functions that the American people are looking for," Obama said last week. "We should all want a govern- ment that's smarter, quicker, and more July 15, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 50 4 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued from page 3 IRAs IRAs FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ORDER NOW NEW GUIDE: FEDERALDAILY.COM/CATALOG 800-989-3363 continued on page 8
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