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Injury Compensation (OWCP)

The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) provides wage loss compensation and medical benefits to postal and federal employees who become injured or ill as a result of their duties.

Federal Injury Compensation Laws, Regulations and Policies

The Code of Federal Regulations (20 CFR Parts 10 and 25) provides specific instructions as to how FECA should be administered by the employing agency.

The US Postal Service has, as required, published specific instructions regarding the policies and procedures which it will utilize in administering federal injury compensation laws and regulations. This language can be found primarily in Chapter 540 of the Employee and Labor Relations (ELM) and in EL 505 Handbook, Injury Compensation.

Within the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP), the Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation (DFEC) is responsible for processing claims filed by Postal Service employees. The DFEC Web site provides very useful information regarding the claims process. Particularly useful are their publications “Questions and Answers About the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (CA 550), and Injury Compensation for Federal Employees (CA-810).

Even though the Postal Service has an obligation to provide to an employee the forms that are used to file OWCP claims, these forms are also available from this Web site (Forms). Also, provided is information regarding the recently implemented Consolidated Bill Processing and Medical Authorization System.

Those who want a deeper understanding of how OWCP Claims Examiners (CEs) adjudicate claims can review the Program Procedures, which CEs must follow.

Of particular interest will be Claims, FECA, Part 2, which describes the procedures for adjudicating, paying, and managing claims, including the appeals process and other specialized topics.

News: Injury Compensation (OWCP)

Expect More Attacks on Injured Workers

03/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) 

Over the last decade, attacks on injured federal employees and postal workers, led primarily by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), have been relentless.

But she isn’t the only one who has tried to dismantle the comprehensive coverage provided by the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA).

Workers Comp Fraud Investigations

11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Special agents of the Postal Service Office of the Inspector General (OIG) are contracted to “safeguard postal revenue” and are supposed to “operate with integrity, be a model of ethical behavior, and treat people in a fair and respectful manner.”

When it comes to workers compensation fraud, however, these law enforcement officers often employ questionable tactics and exercise little fiducial responsibility: They have been cited by the Department of Labor (DOL) for violating federal regulations while conducting fraud investigations involving injured workers. Agents also have been performing claim management functions rather than ascertaining whether crimes occurred.

Workers Comp Fraud Investigations

11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Special agents of the Postal Service Office of the Inspector General (OIG) are contracted to “safeguard postal revenue” and are supposed to “operate with integrity, be a model of ethical behavior, and treat people in a fair and respectful manner.”

When it comes to workers compensation fraud, however, these law enforcement officers often employ questionable tactics and exercise little fiducial responsibility: They have been cited by the Department of Labor (DOL) for violating federal regulations while conducting fraud investigations involving injured workers. Agents also have been performing claim management functions rather than ascertaining whether crimes occurred.

 

APWU Web News Article 125-2015

Postal Unions Object to Administration Proposal to Reduce Compensation to Injured Workers

06/16/2015 - In a June 15 letter, the presidents of the four postal unions asked the Department of Labor (DOL) and the White House to withdraw a proposal that would reduce compensation benefits to injured workers and urged the administration instead to work with federal employee unions and their allies in Congress to “fashion sensible reform” of the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA).

Full Disclosure Required

03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Postal employees are hardworking and giving. Many hold down two jobs. Some run a side business or help with a family business, while others volunteer for their favorite charities.

These activities are not something we would typically need to divulge, but the law requires individuals who are injured on the job and collecting wage-loss compensation (WLC) to disclose all sources of income, paid and unpaid work activities, business interests and volunteer services to the Office of Workers Compensation (OWCP).

Failure to report or attempts to conceal income and activities can result in forfeiture of benefits and criminal prosecution under the False Claims Act or other applicable laws.

APWU Web News Article 117-2013

How Does Shutdown Affect OWCP Claims?

10/15/2013 - Many postal employees are wondering how the government shutdown is affecting Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) claims. The adjudication of OWCP claims and the payment of workers’ compensation benefits are considered essential work, so the claims examiners who are assigned these duties in the Department of Labor’s field offices are continuing to work. Employees who are injured at work during the shutdown or who have existing claims should expect routine service on these matters, said Human Relations Director Sue Carney.

APWU Web News Article 095-2013

OWCP Suspends USPS Access to Electronic Data

08/12/2013 - In a bold step to protect the privacy rights of injured workers, the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) has indefinitely suspended the Postal Service’s ability to review, receive, and transfer Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) information and documents electronically. The decision was made in consultation with the Department of Justice (DOJ).

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