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DOL/ESA RIN: 1215-AB83 Publication ID: Fall 2009 
Title: ●Claims for Compensation Under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act  
Abstract: ESA’s Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) plans to issue new regulations to update its organizational description to reflect the reorganization that will transform OWCP into a stand-alone organization reporting directly to the Office of the Secretary of Labor. OWCP administers four major disability compensation programs that provide wage replacement benefits, medical treatment, vocational rehabilitation and other benefits (such as survivors benefits) to certain workers who experience work-related injury or occupational disease. The Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) provides workers’ compensation benefits to federal workers for employment-related injuries and occupational diseases as well as survivor benefits for a covered employee’s employment-related death. OWCP plans to update its regulations governing administration of claims under the FECA. The last comprehensive update of the FECA regulations was undertaken more than ten years ago; since that time a number of improvements have been made to OWCP’s processing of claims. The regulations will be revised to reflect those changes and to incorporate new procedures that will enhance OWCP’s ability to administer FECA. Changes to the regulations will facilitate the return to work of injured workers who are able to work by such measures as increasing the opportunity for vocational rehabilitation. Revisions to the regulations will also enhance OWCP’s ability to efficiently provide sufficient income and medical care for those who are unable to work. The planned regulatory changes will better explain the increased automation of the medical billing process; reflect changes in procedure, such as FECA's centralized mail processing; and also codify changes in case law affecting FECA claims administration. OWCP also plans to modernize the provision of compensation for employees situated overseas who are neither citizens nor residents of the United States to reflect current realities in regard to such employees. The regulations will also be revised to reflect a recent statutory change to the FECA moving the three-day waiting period before qualifying for wage-loss compensation for employees of the Postal Service. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 20 CFR 1; 20 CFR 10; 20 CFR 25 
Legal Authority: 5 USC 8149 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/00/2010   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Douglas Fitzgerald
Director, Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room S-3229,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-0040
Fax:202 693-1497
Email: fitzgerald.douglas@dol.gov

 
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