Monday, September 20, 2010

Extending Benefits & Allowances to Same-Sex Domestic Partners under USAID Programs

In June of 2009, Secretary Clinton announced that the Department of State is extending the full range of legally available benefits and allowances to same-sex domestic partners of Foreign Service employees serving overseas.

In August of 2009, USAID announced that it is joining the Department of State in implementing this new policy.

Extending such benefits and allowances to same-sex domestic partners helps USAID attract and retain well qualified-staff in a competitive environment where domestic partner benefits are becoming increasingly prevalent.

To obtain benefits for their same-sex domestic partners, employees must file an affidavit of eligibility for benefits and obligation, which must affirm, among other things, that the employee and his or her domestic partner:

Friday, September 17, 2010

Obtaining Rate Approvals under USAID Cost Type Contracts

Cost Reimbursement Contracts and some IQCs require prior approval of base salary rates by USAID Contracting Officers for all employees and consultants of a contractor or its subcontractors, including local hires.

The requirement in cost reimbursement contracts is normally in accordance with AIDAR 752.7001 and 752.7007, Biographical Data and Personnel Compensation respectively.

The Biographical Data 1420 or “biodata” as it is known is an AID Form 1420-17, “Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet”, which requires information for all individuals going to work overseas and/or all key personnel. The required data includes nationality, accompanying family members, education and salary history. The salary history presented on the “biodata” has long been used to establish a comparable rate for the proposed person. The rate is then presented for approval to USAID, in accordance with the companion clause AIDAR 752.7007 “Personnel Compensation”.