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Frequently Asked Questions Same Sex Domestic Partner Benefits

Are my same-sex domestic partner and the children of my same-sex domestic partner considered to be eligible dependents for the Johnston Island separate maintenance allowance under 5 U.S.C. § 5942a?

Yes, OPM proposed amendments to regulations found at 5 C.F.R. §§ 591.401-406 to make it clear that same-sex domestic partners and the children of same-sex domestic partners/spouses are considered dependents for the purposes of the Johnston Island separate maintenance allowance.  See Final Federal Register Rule, Change in Definitions; Evacuation Pay and the Separate Maintenance Allowance at Johnston Island, July 20, 2012 (


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