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									    State Liaison &
Educational Opportunity
      Directorate


           Mr. Ed Kringer, Director
           Sep 3, 2009

    Personnel and Readiness
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                           What’s The Plan
Goal: Share information on State-level QoL issues impacting Service
  members and their families
Flow:
1.   I‟ll tell you about what DoD-State Liaison Office does
2.   You tell me who you are and what legislative issues you believe need to be
     addressed to help Service members and their families
     •   We‟ll assess to see if they have State or Federal solutions
3.   I‟ll update you on the issues we are currently working and/or plan to work in
     2010
     •   There will be some „back patting‟
     •   Want feedback on whether you think these issues are important….and whether you
         are seeing any impact
4.   We‟ll look for disconnects between #s 2 & 3
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        DoD-State Liaison Function
Goal: Provide DoD leadership an opportunity to participate in
state-level discussions on issues affecting Military members and
their families.
Focus is on 10 „Key Issues‟….reviewed annually
What do we do: Educate state policymakers/leaders, not-for-
profit associations, and businesses on the „Key Issues‟
   • Central office raises awareness of DoD leadership with state legislative
     process, works with OSD & service policymakers, and networks with
     our partners
   • Regional Liaisons “ERA” with state
     policymakers/leaders and network with
     related community groups or non-profits

What don‟t we do: Lobby
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     Regional Liaisons – Who They Are

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 Dale Vande Hey IV       James Rickel III      Jackie Harriman IV       Martin Dempsey III

Kevin Bruch II       Eric Sherman II        Mark San Souci V        Laurie Crehan V            Harold Coney I   Julie Gifford I
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                           What’s The Plan
Goal: Share information on State-level QoL issues impacting Service
  members and their families
Flow:
1.   I‟ll tell you about what DoD-State Liaison Office does
2.   You tell me who you are and what legislative issues you believe need to be
     addressed to help Service members and their families
     •   We‟ll assess to see if they have State or Federal solutions
3.   I‟ll update you on the issues we are currently working and/or plan to work in
     2010
     •   There will be some „back patting‟
     •   Want feedback on whether you think these issues are important….and whether you
         are seeing any impact
4.   We‟ll look for disconnects between #s 2 & 3
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                           What’s The Plan
Goal: Share information on State-level QoL issues impacting Service
  members and their families
Flow:
1.   I‟ll tell you about what DoD-State Liaison Office does
2.   You tell me who you are and what legislative issues you believe need to be
     addressed to help Service members and their families
     •   We‟ll assess to see if they have State or Federal solutions
3.   I‟ll update you on the issues we are currently working and/or plan to work in
     2010
     •   There will be some „back patting‟
     •   Want feedback on whether you think these issues are important….and whether you
         are seeing any impact
4.   We‟ll look for disconnects between #s 2 & 3
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             10 Key QoL Issues (2009)
 Increase key support for Guard and Reserve members and their families
 Facilitate assistance to severely wounded, ill or injured Service members
  and their families
 Increase access to quality, affordable childcare for military families
 Minimize school disruption for military children during transition and
  deployment
 Enhance opportunities for portable careers for military spouses
 Expand unemployment compensation for trailing military spouses
 Promote enforcement of the predatory lending regulation
 Improve absentee voting for military members and their families
 Satisfy foreign language requirements
 Increase coordination of local support services for military families
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             10 Key QoL Issues (2010)
 Increase key support for Guard and Reserve members and their families
  (Best Practices)
 Ensure deployment separation does not determine child custody decisions
 Increase access to quality, affordable childcare for military families
 Minimize school disruption for military children during transition and
  deployment
 Enhance opportunities for portable careers for military spouses
 Expand unemployment compensation for trailing military spouses
 Promote enforcement of the predatory lending regulation
 Improve absentee voting for military members and their families
 Comport state laws with DoD rules on disposition
 Increase coordination of local support services for military families
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Increase Key Support for Guard and Reserve
        Members and their Families
Issue: Heavy Guard/Reserve deployment calls for reciprocal state support
Goal: Have states increase support in six areas: support members as state
 employees; provide educational support; tax & financial support; family
 support programs; licensing & registration support; and protections,
 recognition & employment support
    • Measured through the annual NGA report: “State and Territorial Support for
    Members of the National Guard, the Reserves and their Families”
Status: States collectively offer a total of 1,153 specific support points for
  Guard and Reserve, an increase of 631 since 2004 (241 added in 2008)
Future: Worked through the National Guard Bureau and Reserve Affairs to
  develop list of Best Practices
    • Once TAGs coordinate, will actively pursue model legislation with the states
    • Promote as “Best Practices‟ through the NGA
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                     Best Practices
• Academic protection when activated
   • To include tuition and fee reimbursement when activated
• Tax exemption on earnings for Guard and Reserve while
  activated
• Tax exemption for disabled veterans and next of kin for those
  killed in action
• State home loan/grant program Guard/Reserve members and
  Veterans
• Extension of licenses while activated
   • Driver‟s license
   • Professional licenses
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  Child Custody Concerns Associated with
               Deployment
Issue: Extended separations due to mobilization or deployment can
    negatively impact child custody cases
Goal: States change their family law statutes so that:
   1. Extended separation due to deployment does not determine long-
      term custody decisions
   2. Court-ordered custody determinations due to
      mobilization/deployment are temporary (short-term)
   3. All court decisions are reconsidered
      after conclusion of the deployment
Status: 29 states currently have
   favorable statutes
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    Increase Access to Quality, Affordable
        Childcare for Military Families
Issue: We cannot build enough on-base childcare facilities to meet demand
Goal: Expand child care capacity for families (Reserve Component or
active duty) who are unable to access child care programs on installations
• Concentrate on areas with large numbers of military children
• Provide assistance to enable providers
  to improve service delivery
• Link „quality rated‟ programs to a
  DoD network of „approved‟ providers


Status:
• BETA test defining process and validating DoD standards
• Promote Quality Rating Systems (QRSs) compatible with DoD
  effectiveness standards for evaluating providers
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  Minimize School Disruption for Military
Children during Transition and Deployment
Issue: Frequent moves = many schools with non-standard policies = Ed delays
Goal: States participate in an interstate compact providing a uniform policy to
   resolve challenges military children face moving between school systems
Background:
• 2006: DoD started developing a compact to address the issue
     • Gathered input from a broad base of 18 stakeholders
     • Used multi-disciplinary team to craft document
• Nov 2007: we had a coordinated Interstate Compact on Educational
   Opportunity for Military Children
     • Develops guidelines in four main areas: enrollment, eligibility,
       placement, & graduation
• Legislative process to adopt compact…once adopted, it is a binding contract
• Ten states required to activate….adopting states jointly established an Interstate
   Commission (Oct 08) composed of one representative from each member state
• Now have 25 member states; covers ~435K (71%) of our students
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               Interstate Compact Status

                                                                    VT NH


                                                                              MA

                                                                               RI

                                                                               CT

                                                                               NJ

                                                                            MD DE




    Filed bill
    Approved the Interstate Compact.
    Legislation to approve the Interstate Compact still possible.
    Approval no longer possible in 2009.



14 successes thus far this legislative cycle: AK, AL, HI, IA, IN,
                Legislation pending in 3 states
         LA, MD, ME, MS, NV, OH, TX, VA and WA
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       Enhance Opportunities for Portable
          Careers for Military Spouses
Issue: Frequent moves & difficult licensing = stunted careers
Goal: States support military spouses through alternative
  certifications, reciprocal licensing, and nationally recognized
  standards for licensure
Status:
• 9 states authorize ABCTE‟s portable teacher certification
• 23 states adopted the Nurse Licensure Compact or similar provisions
No ‘silver bullet,’ but some future possibilities:
• Have states adopt broad-based language that encourages sensitivity by
  regulatory bodies to difficulties encountered by military spouses (Iowa)
• Develop additional „Best Practices‟
    • States recognize CEUs in lieu of recent experience
    • Potential to speed up background checks through alternant fingerprinting

 Work closely with MyCAA to identify spouse areas of interest
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  Expand Unemployment Compensation for
         Trailing Military Spouses
Issue: Spouses who leave a job due to military reassignment do not
   qualify for unemployment compensation in many states
Goal: States recognize that a move mandated
   by military orders is not „voluntary‟ and the
   trailing spouse should qualify for
   unemployment compensation
Status:
• Chambers of Commerce generally opposed; ‟nose
  under tent‟ effect
• 34 States now fully grant benefit (9 this year), over triple the number
  since 2004….79% of spouses covered
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    Promote Enforcement of the Predatory
            Lending Regulation
Issue: Some lending practices create cycle of debt for unsuspecting Service
    members and families
Goal:
•   DoD Regulation (32 CFR Part 232) places 36% APR limit on payday,
    vehicle title and refund anticipation loans.
•   States enforce federal law and apply state protections to non-resident
    military members
Status:
•   28 States can fully enforce the regulation
•   Working with remaining states to make
    minor modifications to their financial code
    to give regulators enforcement authority

National Conference of Insurance Legislators approved a resolution
to states supporting enforcement of the regulation
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    Improve Absentee Voting for Military
        Members and their Families
Issue: Our Service members serving/deployed overseas need assurance
   their vote can be successfully cast and will be counted
Goal: States enact flexible processes for absentee voters recommended
 by the Federal Voting Assistance Office (www.fvap.gov)
Status:
• Fifteen states now rated Green (meeting at least seven of the ten best
  practices); more than double since 2004
• Developed MOU with FVAP to
  establish better partnership
• Developing model legislation
• Establishing new metric
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        Recommended Processes

• 45-day ballot transit time
• Electronic transmission of election materials
• Late registration procedures
• Accept ballot date and signature in lieu of postmark
• Expanded use of the federal absentee ballot
• Special state write-in absentee ballot
• Elimination of the notary requirement
• Reference to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens
  Absentee Voting Act in the state election code
• Emergency authority for chief election official
• Enfranchise citizens who have never resided in the U.S.
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 Comport state laws with DoD rules on
             disposition
Issue: Many states require disposition be determined through state-specific
   documentation or by the next of kin even if Federally required
   documentation is in place
    • Section 564 of Public Law 109-163, effective January 2006, requires active
      duty Service members to designate a person authorized to direct disposition
      of human remains (PADD)….occurs on DD93 (Record of Emergency Data)
Goal: Have state statute recognize the PADD selected by the Service
 member in accordance with Federal law
Status: Although no states currently
  identify the DD93 as a source
  document, 13 states have the
  latitude in their laws for its
  recognition
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    Increase Coordination of Local Support
         Services for Military Families
Issue: Military families and support agencies do not always connect
Goal: States establish strong Inter-Service Family Assistance
  Committees (ISFACs) to integrate both military and civilian
  resources
Status: 44 States currently have some form of an ISFAC
Future:
   1. Survey: determine functionality of current ISFACs
   2. Develop parameters of „best functioning‟ ISFACs…what do they
      accomplish and how do they do it…problem identification/solving
   3. Determine the carrot
   4. Investigate potential legislative approach
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                           What’s The Plan
Goal: Share information on State-level QoL issues impacting Service
  members and their families
Flow:
1.   I‟ll tell you about what DoD-State Liaison Office does
2.   You tell me who you are and what legislative issues you believe need to be
     addressed to help Service members and their families
     •   We‟ll assess to see if they have State or Federal solutions
3.   I‟ll update you on the issues we are currently working and/or plan to work in
     2010
     •   There will be some „back patting‟
     •   Want feedback on whether you think these issues are important….and whether you
         are seeing any impact
4.   We‟ll look for disconnects between #s 2 & 3
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             10 Key QoL Issues (2010)
 Increase key support for Guard and Reserve members and their families
  (Best Practices)
 Ensure deployment separation does not determine child custody decisions
 Increase access to quality, affordable childcare for military families
 Minimize school disruption for military children during transition and
  deployment
 Enhance opportunities for portable careers for military spouses
 Expand unemployment compensation for trailing military spouses
 Promote enforcement of the predatory lending regulation
 Improve absentee voting for military members and their families
 Comport state laws with DoD rules on disposition
 Increase coordination of local support services for military families
 Our goal is to partner with states to
help our members and their families!




          Personnel and Readiness

								
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