This is a press release sent out yesterday regarding the upcoming hearing on DPBO. If passed, this will make life much more bearable for Foreign Service Officers with same-sex partners.
Contact: Seamus Hughes (Lieberman) 224-1839
September 22, 2008
Mark Carpenter (Collins) 224-4751
HEARING ON BENEFITS FOR DOMESTIC PARTNERS OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
WASHNGTON - The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday, September 24, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., on the Domestic Partner Benefits and Obligations Act of 2007, which would entitle the same-sex domestic partner of a federal employee to the same benefits and responsibilities that married spouses of federal employees have. Some of those benefits include health care, the Family and Medical Leave program, long term care, insurance, and retirement benefits. Obligations include anti-nepotism rules and
financial disclosure requirements. A majority of Fortune 500 companies provide benefits to same-sex domestic partners.
Who: The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
What: "Domestic Partner Benefits for Federal Employees: Fair Policy and Good Business"
Witness: Howard C. Weizmann, Deputy Director, U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Yvette C. Burton, Ph.D., Business Development Executive, IBM Corporation
Colleen M. Kelley, National President, National Treasury Employees Union
Sherri Bracey, Program Manager for Women's and Fair Practices, American Federation of Government Employees
Frank A. Hartigan, Deputy Regional Director, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
When: September 24, 2008, 10:00 a.m.
Where: Dirksen 342