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Division of Federal Employees' Compensation (DFEC)

2014 Training Schedule

Sponsored by: U. S. Department of Labor
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP)
Kansas City District Office

I. Basic Workshop for Compensation Specialists

Training Location:

Two Pershing Square Building
2300 Main Street, 10th Floor
Room 1045/1046
Kansas City, MO 64108

Training Dates:

March 18th through March 20th 2014
June 17th through June 19th 2014
October 28th through October 30th 2014

Cost: There is no tuition charge for the course. The instructor will provide textbooks and other informational material. However, the employing agencies must cover travel expenses and per diem costs for their participants.

Qualifications: The Basic Compensation Specialist Workshop is a two and one half day formal session in a classroom setting. It is intended for agency staff primarily responsible for processing OWCP claims.

Hours: 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM, unless otherwise specified.

Objectives: The training stresses skills needed to counsel injured employees, review claim forms for accuracy, document continuation of pay, permanent partial disability and leave reinstatement. The workshop allows ICS’ from different employing agencies to interact. Experienced personnel from the OWCP will conduct the workshop. Participants will have ample opportunity to practice the skills that are essential to the training. Workshop procedures will enable the participants to learn intricate facets of compensation law and philosophy. It is anticipated that as a result of the workshop there will be a significant reduction in the time it takes to process a claim and that a closer working relationship will be established between the Kansas City District Office and agency personnel.

Space: Due to the structure of this workshop, limited space is available - approximately 16 people per class. Therefore, it is important that your application be submitted at the earliest possible time. You should email your response; or, if mailing, you should call our office one-week after sending it to ensure that it has been received. The workshop is subject to cancellation if enrollment is not sufficient.

Registration: Click here to download the registration form.

 

II. Advanced Agency Workshop --
The Life of the Claim and Its Implications for a Federal Employer

Training Location:
Two Pershing Square Building
2300 Main Street, 10th Floor
Room 1045/1046
Kansas City, MO 64108

Training Date 2014

August 19th through August 21st 2014

Cost: There is no tuition charge for the course. The instructor will provide textbooks, forms, and other informational material. However, the employing agencies must cover travel expenses and per diem costs for their participants.

Qualifications: This three day advanced workshop is intended for those persons within Federal agencies who have completed the Basic Injury Workshop for Compensation Specialists and have experience with OWCP processes.

Hours: 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM, unless otherwise specified.

Objective and Topics: Provide training that will enable agency personnel to understand and respond effectively to situations, better control over the costs of work-related injuries and enabling a reduction in lost production days. The training focuses on the various stages of the life of a claim, discussing what OWCP does during each stage and what the employing agency should be doing during each stage. Topics will include strategies on return to employment, job offers, OWCP nurse services, early referral for vocational rehabilitation services, reduction in compensation costs and various administrative processes. The workshop is subject to cancellation if enrollment is not sufficient.

Registration: Click here to download the registration form.

If an agency wishes to train their staff as a group a specific class can be set up for different dates if enrollment will be sufficient.

Self-Instructional Training Course

OWCP has developed a self-instructional CD for beginning compensation specialists. This CD is intended to provide very basic information for new compensation specialists and is not intended to be a substitute for the workshop. The course provides introductory information on several topics including initial review of traumatic injury and occupational disease claims, continuation of pay (COP), controversion of COP, commonly used forms and time requirements for submitting them. There is also instructional information at our web site: http://www.dol.gov/owcp/dfec/

Workshop for Supervisors

We conduct a Workshop for Supervisors that is 1 to 3 hours in length and provides a general overview of supervisory responsibilities, compensation law, philosophy, benefits and common claim forms. A minimum of 25 participants are required if this training is to be held at your location outside the Kansas City Metro area.

For additional information, please contact Marla Spriggs at (816) 268-3040.