EEOICPA BULLETIN NO.03-13

Issue Date: December 16, 2002

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Effective Date: December 16, 2002

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Expiration Date: December 16, 2003

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Subject: Verifying employment of Dupont employees at the Hanford nuclear weapons site.

Background: The Department of Energy (DOE) has reported that they have no records in their possession which allow them to verify allegations of employment by E.I. Du Pont contractor or subcontractor employees at the Hanford nuclear facility in Washington. In an effort to expedite the process of employment verification for these employees, the CE is to forgo submitting the EE-5 to the DOE. Verification of claimed employment is to be sought from other sources such as the Du Pont corporate records center, the claimant or the Social Security Administration.

Reference: 42 U.S.C.§ 7384l (11), 20 C.F.R. § 30.105

Purpose: To provide guidance on obtaining employment verification for Dupont contractor and subcontractor employees of the Hanford nuclear facility in Washington.

Applicability: All staff.

Actions:

1. When a new claim for compensation is submitted, the claims examiner (CE) should review the documentation submitted with the EE-1 or EE-2. Based on this review, the CE should determine whether the claimant has identified employment with E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company at the Hanford facility.

2. Upon a finding that the claimed employee was employed for E.I. Du Pont de Nemours at the Hanford facility, the CE is to insert a single copy of the November 15, 2002 Memorandum from Steven Cary into the case file (Attachment 1). It will not be necessary for the CE to submit the EE-5 to the Department of Energy for completion. This memorandum will serve as the Department of Energy’s response to the EE-5 Employment Verification form.

3. Once the CE has inserted the memorandum in the file, he or she must obtain employment verification documentation from sources other than the DOE. Potential sources of evidence include the Du Pont Corporation, the claimant, or the Social Security Administration. Refer to Bulletin 02-02 and PM 2-400 to 2-500 for further guidance on employment verification.

Disposition: Retain until incorporated in the Federal (EEOICPA) Procedure Manual.

PETER M. TURCIC

Director, Division of Energy Employees

Occupational Illness Compensation

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