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Fiscal Year 2002

OWCP Circular No. 02-01

Reimbursement Rates for Travel

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Fiscal Year 2000

OWCP Circular No. 00-01

Reimbursement Rates for Travel

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Fiscal Year 1999

OWCP Circular No. 99-01

Reimbursement Rates for Travel Effective April 1, 1999

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Fiscal Year 1998

OWCP Circular No. 98-01

Reimbursement Rates for Travel

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Fiscal Year 1997

OWCP Circular No. 97-01

Reporting Estimated Savings to the Office of Inspector General

 

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OWCP CIRCULAR NO. 02-01

 

January 25, 2002

SUBJECT: Reimbursement Rates for Travel

Effective January 21, 2002, the mileage rate for reimbursement to Federal employees traveling on official duty by privately-owned automobiles was increased to 36.5 cents per mile by the General Services Administration. As in the past, this rate has been made to apply to injured employees involved in approved rehabilitation activities (under the maintenance allowance and prior-authorized travel to and from a residential facility), rehabilitation counselors under the OWCP-35 and specific authorization by the Rehabilitation Specialist under the OWCP-16 and OWCP-24, and contract field nurses under the supervision and management of the Staff Registered Nurses.

Effective immediately all injured employees, counselors, and field nurses should be advised of the new rates in effect and the date of applicability.

The rates are to be released in the Federal Register.

 

Cecily Rayburn
Director, Division of
Planning, Policy and Standards

List No.5

All FECA and LHWCA Claims Examiners, Supervisors,Rehabilitation Specialists, Systems Managers,Technical Advisors, and FECA Staff Nurses

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OWCP CIRCULAR NO. 00-01

 

January 25, 2000

SUBJECT: Reimbursement Rates for Travel

Effective January 14, 2000 the mileage rate for reimbursement to federal employees traveling on official duty by privately-owned automobiles is increased to 32.5 cents per mile by the General Services Administration. The rates for travel by motorcycle and airplane are not affected. As in the past, these rates have been made to apply to injured workers (IWs) involved in approved rehabilitation activities (under the maintenance allowance and prior-authorized travel to and from a residential facility), rehabilitation counselors (RCs) under the OWCP-35 and specific authorization by the rehabilitation specialist (RS) under the OWCP-16 and OWCP-24, and contract field nurses (FNs) under the supervision and management of the staff registered nurses (SRNs).

Effective immediately all IWs, RCs, and FNs should be advised of the new rates in effect and date of applicability. Appropriate measures should be undertaken to allow for adjustment of the mileage requests from IWs, who traveled to and/or from residential facilities under RS approval and RCs and FNs during the course of their usual work when requested in writing if undertaken before they could be notified of this change.

The rates were posted in the Federal Register Amendment 88, January 7, 2000.

 

Cecily A. Rayburn
Acting Director, Division of
Planning, Policy and Standards

List No.5

Al FECA and LHWCA Claims Examiners, Supervisors, Rehabilitation Specialists, Systems Managers, Technical Advisors, and FECA Staff Nurses

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OWCP Circular No. 99-01

 

April 1, 1999

SUBJECT: Reimbursement Rates for Travel Effective April 1, 1999

Effective April 1, 1999 the rate for reimbursement to Federal employees traveling on official duty using privately-owned automobiles was decreased to 31 cents per mile by the General Services Administration. The rates for travel by motorcycle and airplane are not affected. As in the past, this rate has been made to apply to injured employees involved in approved rehabilitation activities (under the maintenance allowance and prior-authorized travel to and from a residential facility), and rehabilitation counselors and field nurses who are authorized to travel to provide services to injured workers.

Effective immediately all injured employees, counselors, and field nurses should be advised of the new rates in effect and date of applicability. Vouchers being processed for travel periods after April 1, 1999 may be adjusted to reflect this increase.

 

DIANE B. SVENONIUS
Director, Division of
Planning, Policy and Standards

Distribution:

List No. 5
(All FECA and LHWCA Claims Examiner, Supervisors, Rehabilitation Specialists, Systems Managers, and Technical Advisors)

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OWCP CIRCULAR NO. 98-01

 

September 22, 1998

Subject: Reimbursement Rates for Travel

Background: Effective September 8, 1998 the mileage rate for reimbursement to federal employees traveling on official duty by privately-owned automobiles was changed to 32.5 cents per mile by the General Services Administration. The rate for travel by motorcycle is 26 cents per mile. As in the past, these rates are applied to injured workers (IWs) involved in approved rehabilitation activities (under the maintenance allowance and prior-authorized travel to and from a residential facility), rehabilitation counselors (RCs) under Form OWCP-35 and specific authorization by the rehabilitation specialist (RS) using Forms OWCP-16 and OWCP-24, and Contract Field Nurses (FNs) under the direction of the Staff Nurses (SNs).

Effective immediately all IWs, RCs and FNs should be advised of the new rates in effect and date of applicability. Appropriate measures should be undertaken to allow for adjustment of the mileage requests from IWs who traveled to and from residential facilities under RS approval and RCs and FNs during the course of their usual work, since September 8.

The rates were published in the September 8, 1998 Federal Register page 47438, No. 173.

 

Diane Svenonius
Director, Division of
Planning, Policy and Standards

Distribution:

List No. 5
(All FECA and LHWCA Claims Examiners, Supervisors, Rehabilitation Specialists, Systems Managers, and Technical Advisors)

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OWCP CIRCULAR NO. 97-01

 

May 7, 1997

Subject: Reporting Estimated Savings to the Office of Inspector General.

We have agreed to provide estimates to the Office of Inspector General which will be used to represent the probable savings resulting from their cases which lead to terminations and adjustments of benefits.

A statistical study done in the Division of Planning Policy and Standards will be used to project the estimated time an injured worker would remain on the rolls based on the worker's date of birth, period in receipt of compensation, nature of injury, and other basic information. Because of certain limitations of this study, the estimate will be based on either the expected duration of the case on the periodic roll or the projected life expectancy based on an actuarial table, and will not be projected longer than ten years.

The attached form will be used to obtain the data. The investigator should complete the Claimant Information portion of the form and give it to the district office. The form should be forwarded to: Diane Svenonius, Director, Division of Planning, Policy and Standards, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room S-3524, Washington, D.C. 20210. The response will be returned to the Regional Inspector General through your office.

 

DIANE SVENONIUS
Director, Division of
Planning, Policy and Standards

Attachment:

 

Distribution:

List No. 3 - Regional Directors, District
Directors, Assistant District
Directors, and National Office Staff

Memorandum For:

Diane Svenonius
Director, Division of
Planning, Policy and Standards
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs

Thru:

__________________________
District Director
District _____
Office of Workers' Compensation
Programs
__________________________
__________________________

From:

__________________________
Regional Inspector General
for Investigations
__________________________

Subject:

Determining FECA Savings as a
Result of OIG Investigations

In accordance with a procedure recently approved by the national Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP), it is requested that you provide this office with the projected savings to be realized after an Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation resulted in the conviction of the individual listed below for violations of the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) or related statutes. It is understood that the savings realized will be based on an OWCP automated data base program developed from historical information concerning FECA claimants on the periodic rolls during the 10-year period from 1981-1991.

Claimant Information

Claimant's Name:

Claimant's Date of Birth:

Sex:

Date of Injury:

Period in Receipt of Compensation (Years, Months):

 

Accepted Condition (Use OWCP NOI Code):

Date of Termination:

Current Monthly Compensation Payment:

 

The projected savings reported, calculated for a maximum of ten years, or a lesser amount based on statistical data showing an expected duration in compensation status of less than ten years, will be utilized by OIG to more accurately portray the impact of our investigative efforts when a claimant is removed from the FECA rolls and more realistically report cost efficiencies claims as a result of these investigations.

In order that we may timely enter the projected savings in our case management information system, it would be appreciated if you could notify this office of the projected savings within 30 days of receipt of this request. Should you have questions or need additional information please contact me at _______________.

Your cooperation and assistance in this matter is appreciated.

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