A delegation of American citizens living abroad
participated in Overseas Americans Week in Washington DC
April 11-15, 2011.
Delegates from three major overseas citizen advocacy organizations, AARO, ACA and FAWCO,
once again met throughout the week with legislators, their
staffers and key government agencies and departments. OAW delegates
met in particular with House Ways and Means Committee staffers that specifically
deal with tax and banking problems for Americans living abroad. Other OAW delegates also met with
the Passport Service in the State Department.
OAW's aim is to draw Washington’s
attention to issues where current American law excludes,
penalizes or denies access to overseas Americans. These issues
involve Medicare, Social Security, Citizenship, Taxation and Access to US and foreign
The tax situation for Americans living overseas is summed up in a PowerPoint presentation called "Citizenship-Based Taxation:
Realities, Consequences & Recommendations." Ten other one- and two-page position papers were prepared. Jonathan Lachowitz gave a speech about taxes during the House Ways and Means Committee staffer
OAW continues its collaboration with members of the Americans Abroad
Caucus. This Caucus currently represents the only structure in
Washington focusing on “overseas Americans” issues. OAW delegates invited House members to join the Americans Abroad Caucus,
currently co-chaired by New York Representative Carolyn Maloney.
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The Overseas Americans Week program is organized by the
following overseas American action groups: