Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FEC) and Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act Rehabilitation Counselor Case Assignment, Contract Management and Performance Files and FEC Field Nurses.
Files concerning rehabilitation counselors are located in the Federal Employees' Compensation (FEC) and Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation (Longshore) District Offices where the counselor is certified. Files for FEC field nurses are found in FEC district offices. See the Appendix to this document for District Office addresses.
CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM:
The rehabilitation counselor/nurse files cover individuals who have entered into a contract with the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs to provide rehabilitation counselor or nursing services under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) and/or the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA).
CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:
Names, addresses and information on qualifications of rehabilitation counselors/nurses certified by and under contract with OWCP to provide rehabilitation services to injured workers under the FECA and LHWCA or field nurse services under FECA. In addition there are records compiled and maintained by the rehabilitation specialist or the OWCP staff nurse, concerning the assignment of rehabilitation/field nurse cases to the counselor/nurse and the performance of the counselor/nurse in fulfilling the duties under the contract with OWCP.
AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM:
33 U.S.C. § 939(c)(2); 5 U.S.C. § 8101 et seq.
These records are maintained to provide information about the rehabilitation counselor or field nurse, including the name, address, telephone number, counselor/nurse status, skill codes, number of referrals, status of referrals and notes. These notes can include evaluation of performance and other matters concerning performance of the contract.
ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES OF USERS AND THE PURPOSES OF SUCH USES:
None, except for those universal routine uses listed in the General Prefatory Statement to this document.
Note: Disclosure of information contained in the file to the claimant, a person who is duly authorized to act on his/her behalf, or to others to whom disclosure is authorized by these routine uses, may be made over the telephone. Disclosure over the telephone will only be done where the requestor provides appropriate identifying information. Telephonic disclosure of information is essential to permit efficient administration and adjudication of claims.
Note: Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(1), information from this system of records may be disclosed to members and staff of the Benefits Review Board, the Employees' Compensation Appeals Board, the Office of Administrative Law Judges, the Office of the Solicitor and other components of the Department who have a need for the record in the performance of their duties.
DISCLOSURE TO CONSUMER REPORTING AGENCIES:
POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR STORING, RETRIEVING, ACCESSING, RETAINING, AND DISPOSING OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:
Files are stored electronically and/or on paper.
Files are retrieved by the name of the counselor/nurse through the database and/or files maintained in the appropriate OWCP district office.
Access by authorized personnel only. Computer security safeguards are used for electronically stored data and locked locations for paper files.
RETENTION AND DISPOSAL:
Records are retained for two years after the rehabilitation counselor or field nurse have stopped providing services to OWCP.
SYSTEM MANAGER(S) AND ADDRESS:
Director for Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210; and District Directors at the FECA district offices set forth in the Appendix.
Inquiries should be mailed to the System Manager or submitted in such other manner as directed by OWCP.
RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURE:
A request for access should be mailed to the System Manager or submitted in such other manner as directed by OWCP.
CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES:
A petition for amendment should be mailed to the System Manager or submitted in such other manner as directed by OWCP.
RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES:
Information contained in this system is obtained from rehabilitation counselors, field nurses, other individuals, correspondence, investigative reports, Federal and state agency records, any other record or document pertaining to a contract.
SYSTEM EXEMPTED FROM CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE ACT: