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Federal OPM Change

Changes were published today in the Federal Register by the Federal Office of Personnel Management which expanded the definition of “family member” and “immediate relative” to include partners in a committed relationship – both opposite and same sex – as well as the partner’s children.  Because of DOMA, places in the regulations where the word “spouse” is used cannot be altered but the personnel regulations for “family member” have now been expanded because DOMA didn’t address that particular aspect of a relationship.

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