Developments at OPM: On May 2, 2016, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) published a Proposed Rule with Request for Comments in the Federal Register, 81 Fed.Reg. 26,173-26,175. This proposed rule is part of the Administration's larger "ban the box" initiative to avoid deterring applicants with criminal records or negative credit history from applying for federal positions.
Developments at OPM: In a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on July 28, 2011, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) proposed changes to existing regulations to extend an existing noncompetitive appointment authority for federal civil service positions to same-sex domestic partners. The notice of proposed rulemaking proposed revisions to 5 C.F.R. § 315.608. The present regulation provides a noncompetitive appointment benefit for federal employees and their immediate family members residing with them for cases where the federal employee had served 52 weeks or more at an overseas posting. The present regulation only includes spouses and children under age 23 who accompanied the federal employee; OPM's proposal would add domestic partners to that eligibility list, and incorporating a definition of 'domestic partner' into the regulation. In the background section of the notice, OPM explained that the proposed rulemaking was designed to implement two memoranda issued by President Obama aimed at extending benefits to qualifying same sex domestic partners that were previously reserved to married couples, within the bounds of present law. Comments on this notice of proposed rulemaking must be received by September 26, 2011.