S.1102 - Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2009
A bill to provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees.
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Mr. LIEBERMAN (for himself and Ms. COLLINS) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental AffairsCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. BENEFITS TO DOMESTIC PARTNERS OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES.
(a) In General- An employee who has a domestic partner and the domestic partner of the employee shall be entitled to benefits available to, and shall be subject to obligations imposed upon, a married employee and the spouse of the employee.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Certification of Eligibility- In order to obtain benefits and assume obligations under this Act, an employee shall file an affidavit of eligibility for benefits and obligations with the Office of Personnel Management identifying the domestic partner of the employee and certifying that the employee and the domestic partner of the employee--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(7) understand that willful falsification of information within the affidavit may lead to disciplinary action and the recovery of the cost of benefits received related to such falsification and may constitute a criminal violation.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- An employee or domestic partner of an employee who obtains benefits under this Act shall file a statement of dissolution of the domestic partnership with the Office of Personnel Management not later than 30 days after the death of the employee or the domestic partner or the date of dissolution of the domestic partnership.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) DEATH OF EMPLOYEE- In a case in which an employee dies, the domestic partner of the employee at the time of death shall receive under this Act such benefits as would be received by the widow or widower of an employee.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) IN GENERAL- In a case in which a domestic partnership dissolves by a method other than death of the employee or domestic partner of the employee, any benefits received by the domestic partner as a result of this Act shall terminate.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) EXCEPTION- In a case in which a domestic partnership dissolves by a method other than death of the employee or domestic partner of the employee, the former domestic partner of the employee shall be entitled to benefits available to, and shall be subject to obligations imposed upon, a former spouse.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Stepchildren- For purposes of affording benefits under this Act, any natural or adopted child of a domestic partner of an employee shall be deemed a stepchild of the employee.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Confidentiality- Any information submitted to the Office of Personnel Management under subsection (b) shall be used solely for the purpose of certifying an individual’s eligibility for benefits under subsection (a).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT- Not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Office of Personnel Management shall promulgate regulations to implement section 2 (b) and (c).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) OTHER EXECUTIVE BRANCH REGULATIONS- Not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the President or designees of the President shall promulgate regulations to implement this Act with respect to benefits and obligations administered by agencies or other entities of the executive branch.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) OTHER REGULATIONS AND ORDERS- Not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act, each agency or other entity or official not within the executive branch that administers a program providing benefits or imposing obligations shall promulgate regulations or orders to implement this Act with respect to the program.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) DOMESTIC PARTNER- The term ‘domestic partner’ means an adult unmarried person living with another adult unmarried person of the same sex in a committed, intimate relationship.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) means an officer or employee of the United States or of any department, agency, or other entity of the United States, including the President of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, a Member of Congress, or a Federal judge; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) OBLIGATIONS- The term ‘obligations’ means any duties or responsibilities with respect to Federal employment that would be incurred by a married employee or by the spouse of an employee.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink