EEOICPA BULLETIN NO. 03-30           

Issue Date:  August 13, 2003

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Effective Date:  August 13, 2003     

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Expiration Date: August 13, 2003

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Subject: Verifying employment for Bechtel Power Corporation employees at the Hanford site.

Background: The Department of Energy (DOE) has reported that they have no records in their possession which allow for the verification of employment of employees or subcontractors of the Bechtel Power Corporation at the Hanford site in Washington.

In an effort to expedite the process of employment verification for employees or subcontractors of Bechtel Power Corporation, the claims examiner (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 claimant or the Social Security Administration. 

This bulletin does not apply to employees or subcontractors of Bechtel National or any other Bechtel Corporation or subsidiary. 

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

Purpose:  To provide guidance on obtaining employment verification for employees or contractor employees of Bechtel Power Corporation at the Hanford site in Washington.

Applicability: All staff.

Actions:

1.  When a new claim for compensation is received, the CE reviews the documentation accompanying the EE-1 or EE-2.  Based on this review, the CE determines whether the claimant has identified direct or subcontractor employment with Bechtel Power Corporation at the Hanford site.

2.  Once the CE has determined that the individual is claiming work at the Bechtel Power Corporation at the Hanford site, the CE is to insert a single copy of the April 9, 2003 Memorandum from Thomas Rollow (Attachment 1) and the July 8, 2003 correspondence from Roger Anders (Attachment 2) confirming that Bechtel Power was a subcontractor at the Hanford Site.  It will not be necessary for the CE to submit the EE-5 to the Department of Energy for completion.  Both the Memorandum from Thomas Rollow and the correspondence from Roger Anders will serve as the Department of Energy’s response to the EE-5 Employment Verification form.    

3.  Once the CE has inserted the required documentation in the file, he or she must seek employment verification documentation from sources other than the DOE.  Potential sources of information include the claimant, or the Social Security Administration. Refer to 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

Distribution List No. 1: Claims Examiners, Supervisory Claims Examiners, Technical Assistants, Customer Service Representatives, Fiscal Officers, FAB District Managers, Operation Chiefs, Hearing Representatives, District Office Mail & File Sections

Attachment 1: Memorandum from Tom Rollow

Attachment 2: Correspondence from Roger Anders