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DOL/ESA RIN: 1215-AB72 Publication ID: Spring 2010 
Title: Defense Base Act Waivers 
Abstract: The Defense Base Act (DBA), 42 U.S.C. section 1651 et seq., provides workersÂ’ compensation benefits for civilian employees of U.S. Government contractors injured or killed while working overseas. The DBA authorizes the Secretary of Labor to waive application of the DBA in any contract, subcontract, location, or class of employees upon the recommendation of the head of any department or agency of the U.S. Government. 42 U.S.C. section 1651(e). Over the years, DOL has granted a variety of waivers without any published rules. This proposed regulation would clarify the procedures for agencies to request waivers, including who may request a waiver, the format of a waiver request, and the supporting information required. The regulation would also explain DOLÂ’s procedures for reviewing and granting a waiver, including the factors DOL considers in granting a waiver and the conditions and limitations of any waiver granted. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 20 CFR 704   
Legal Authority: 42 USC 1651(e)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Transferred to RIN 1240-AA01  03/02/2010    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Brandon Miller
Chief, Branch of Financial Management, Insurance and Assessment
Department of Labor
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
Room C4315, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room C-4315,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-0925
Fax:202 693-1380