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Obama’s Federal Employee Benefits Expansion Is So Sweeping, It Reaches the Parts of America Where Nobody Lives

Johnston Island, a 50-square-mile atoll in the Pacific Ocean that sits some 750 miles southwest of Hawaii, is an unincorporated U.S. territory administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is part of the Department of the Interior. President Barack Obama, in his June 2 letter highlighting the expansion of benefits for the domestic partners of federal employees, specifically called out Johnston Island, noting that “employees’ same-sex domestic partners qualify as dependents for purposes of calculating the extra allowance payable . . . to assist employees stationed on Johnston Island.” That’s great news for the exactly zero human begins currently living there.