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H.R. 1316 (rh) To amend chapter 87 of title 5, United States Code, with respect to the order of precedence to be applied in the payment of life insurance benefits. ...
H. R. 1316
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 25, 1997
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Governmental
To amend chapter 87 of title 5, United States Code, with respect to the
order of precedence to be applied in the payment of life insurance
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. DOMESTIC RELATIONS ORDERS.
Section 8705 of title 5, United States Code, is amended--
(1) in subsection (a) by striking ``(a) The'' and inserting
``(a) Except as provided in subsection (e), the''; and
(2) by adding at the end the following:
``(e)(1) Any amount which would otherwise be paid to a person
determined under the order of precedence named by subsection (a) shall
be paid (in whole or in part) by the Office to another person if and to
the extent expressly provided for in the terms of any court decree of
divorce, annulment, or legal separation, or the terms of any court
order or court-approved property settlement agreement incident to any
court decree of divorce, annulment, or legal separation.
``(2) For purposes of this subsection, a decree, order, or
agreement referred to in paragraph (1) shall not be effective unless it
is received, before the date of the covered employee's death, by the
employing agency or, if the employee has separated from service, by the
``(3) A designation under this subsection with respect to any
person may not be changed except--
``(A) with the written consent of such person, if received
as described in paragraph (2); or
``(B) by modification of the decree, order, or agreement,
as the case may be, if received as described in paragraph (2).
``(4) The Office shall prescribe any regulations necessary to carry
out this subsection, including regulations for the application of this
subsection in the event that 2 or more decrees, orders, or agreements,
are received with respect to the same amount.''.
SEC. 2. DIRECTED ASSIGNMENT.
Section 8706(e) of title 5, United States Code, is amended--
(1) by striking ``(e)'' and inserting ``(e)(1)''; and
(2) by adding at the end the following:
``(2) A court decree of divorce, annulment, or legal separation, or
the terms of a court-approved property settlement agreement incident to
any court decree of divorce, annulment, or legal separation, may direct
that an insured employee or former employee make an irrevocable
assignment of the employee's or former employee's incidents of
ownership in insurance under this chapter (if there is no previous
assignment) to the person specified in the court order or court-
approved property settlement agreement.''.
Passed the House of Representatives June 24, 1997.
ROBIN H. CARLE,
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