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Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez

DOL/OWCP

RIN: 1240-AA03

Publication ID: Fall 2010

Title: Claims for Compensation Under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act

Abstract: ESA's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) plans to issue new regulations to update its organizational description to reflect the reorganization that will transform OWCP into a stand-alone organization reporting directly to the Office of the Secretary of Labor. OWCP administers four major disability compensation programs that provide wage replacement benefits, medical treatment, vocational rehabilitation and other benefits (such as survivors' benefits) to certain workers who experience work-related injury or occupational disease. The Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) provides workers' compensation benefits to Federal workers for employment-related injuries and occupational diseases as well as survivor benefits for a covered employee’s employment-related death. OWCP plans to update its regulations governing administration of claims under the FECA. The last comprehensive update of the FECA regulations was undertaken more than 10 years ago. Since that time a number of improvements have been made to OWCP's processing of claims. The regulations will be revised to reflect those changes and to incorporate new procedures that will enhance OWCP's ability to administer FECA. Changes to the regulations will facilitate the return to work of injured workers who are able to work by such measures as increasing the opportunity for vocational rehabilitation. Revisions to the regulations will also enhance OWCP's ability to efficiently provide sufficient income and medical care for those who are unable to work. The planned regulatory changes will better explain the increased automation of the medical billing process; reflect changes in procedure, such as FECA's centralized mail processing; and also codify changes in case law affecting FECA claims administration. OWCP also plans to modernize the provision of compensation for employees situated overseas who are neither citizens nor residents of the United States to reflect current realities in regard to such employees. The regulations will also be revised to reflect a recent statutory change to the FECA moving the 3-day waiting period before qualifying for wage-loss compensation for employees of the Postal Service.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)

Priority: Other Significant

RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda

Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage

Major: No

Unfunded Mandates: No

CFR Citation: 20 CFR 1; 20 CFR 10; 20 CFR 25 (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)

Legal Authority: 5 USC 8149

Legal Deadline: None

Timetable:

Action

Date

FR Cite

NPRM

08/13/2010

75 FR 49596

NPRM Comment Period End

10/12/2010

 

End Review

05/00/2011

 

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Small Entities Affected: No

Federalism: No

Included in the Regulatory Plan: No

RIN Data Printed in the FR: No

Related RINs: Previously reported as 1215-AB83

Agency Contact:
Douglas Fitzgerald
Director, Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs
Department of Labor
Office of Workers' Compensation Program
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room S-3229,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-0040
Fax:202 693-1497
Email: fitzgerald.douglas@dol.gov