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Federal Employees News Digest : Sep 2, 2013
September 2, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 7 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com LONG TERM CARE AND DISABILITY PLANNING FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES NEW GUIDE ORDER NOW FEDERALDAILY.COM/CATALOG 800-989-3363 continued on page 8 continued from page 4 resolve those problems, GAO found. GAO recommended that VA clarify the performance pay policy by specifying a purpose and documentation require- ments. It also advised VHA to review its performance pay goals for consistency with the purpose, and improve oversight to ensure compliance. To see the report, go to: www.gao.gov/ assets/660/656185.pdf. ••• In Brief Lawmaker questions DOD same-sex leave policy The ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee expressed reservations about the legality of a Defense Department plan to offer uncharged leave benefits to service members with same-sex partners if they wish to travel to jurisdictions that grant same-sex marriages. In a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) expressed doubts that DOD has the legal authority to grant the benefit. "I was very disappointed by the recent Department of Defense announcement that it intends to extend benefits to same- sex couples that are not equally afforded to opposite-sex couples," Inhofe wrote in the letter. "I write this letter to express my great concern to policy issued on August 13, 2013, especially the intent to extend special uncharged leave benefits to same-sex partners and not to all mili- tary couples. Further, I am unaware of any legal authority to grant uncharged leave to couples seeking to be married." While Inhofe said he supports DOD's "stated commitment to ensuring that all men and women who serve our country and their families should be treated fairly and equally," the senator said DOD none- theless was required to notify Congress of plans to offer the benefit. The Senate must "first consider the implication of such a policy" before the department implements a modification of DOD's codified leave policies and procedures, Inhofe said. See the letter at: www.inhofe.senate. gov/newsroom/press-releases/inhofe- questions-dods-legal-authority-to-extend- special-benefit-exclusively-to-same-sex- partners. New DHS OIG unit to focus on quality oversight The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General said it will launch a new division charged with making the OIG more efficient and responsive, and ensuring the quality of its oversight efforts.
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