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Office of Workers' Compensation Programs

Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP)

Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation (DLHWC)

Defense Base Act Industry Report Card

Background

The Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP), Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation (DLHWC), is responsible for the administration of workers' compensation claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act and its extensions, including the Defense Base Act (DBA). The DBA provides compensation and medical benefits to civilian workers injured while working overseas under a contract with the U.S. government, and death benefits to survivors in the event of the worker's death. See the Defense Base Act Page for more information about the DBA. Private insurance carriers provide coverage to U.S. government contractors for their liability under the DBA. The injuries and deaths reported to the DLHWC under the Defense Base Act rose from 366 in 2002 to over 13,000 in 2009. See the DBA Case Summary Reports Page for more information.

Performance Initiative and Results

In FY 2010, the DLHWC adopted as its performance goal under the Government Performance Results Act (GPRA) improving program effectiveness by facilitating prompt delivery of benefits to injured workers and their families. See the Longshore Program Performance Page for more information about the program's GPRA goals and results.

To further this goal, we are sharing data on the timeliness of First Reports of Injury filed under the Defense Base Act. The data, aggregated by insurance carrier, shows the percent of reports received in the DLHWC District Offices within 30, 60, and 90 days of the date of the injury or death, or the date of the employer's knowledge of the injury and the onset of disability, whichever is later.

The following table shows the timeliness of DBA First Reports of Injury for FY 2009 and FY 2010 (cumulative through the second quarter). Only carriers with 10 or more reported cases in the reporting period are shown.1

 

FY2009 Performance Results

Timeliness of DBA First Reports of Injury

Carrier

% of Cases Reported in 30 days or less

% of Cases Reported in 60 days or less

% of Cases Reported in 90 days or less

ACE

73%

82%

85%

AIG

53%

75%

81%

CNA

48%

64%

70%

ZURICH

87%

95%

99%

FY2010 (through 3rd Quarter) Performance Results

Timeliness of DBA First Reports of Injury

Carrier

% of Cases Reported in 30 days or less

% of Cases Reported in 60 days or less

% of Cases Reported in 90 days or less

ACE

67%

82%

87%

AIG

85%

91%

94%

CNA

64%

75%

80%

ZURICH

43%

47%

50%

 

Historical Data (Prior Quarters): FY 2010, (through 2nd Quarter) 10/01/09 to 3/31/10

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1 Disclaimer: The data is captured from reports of employers, or insurance carriers and third party administrators on behalf of employers, filed with the DLHWC District Offices in compliance with the law and the implementing regulations. Such data may include inadvertent data entry errors or erroneous information reported to the DLHWC. This Industry Report Card is offered as general information to the public.