OWCP News Releases

September 10, 2019

New Medication Safety and Improvement Initiatives For Injured Federal Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) Division of Federal Employees' Compensation (DFEC) has re-affirmed its award of a contract to Coventry Health Care Workers' Compensation Inc. that will allow the program to implement changes that improve and expand medication safety and quality initiatives for injured federal workers. The Department is committed to fighting the effects of opioid misuse for federal workers.

August 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Will Help Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers in Bolingbrook, Illinois, September 5, 2019

BOLINGBROOK, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor and the Joint Outreach Task Group will provide information about the benefits available to current and former nuclear weapons workers from covered facilities, and their families, under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act on September 5, 2019.  

WHAT: Outreach Event on Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act Benefits
The event will include presentations for claimants and authorized representatives. 

July 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Will Help Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers File Claims in Largo, Florida, on August 6

LARGO, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor will provide information about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act and help current and former nuclear weapons workers file claims on August 6, 2019, in Largo, Florida.

WHAT: Traveling Resource Center

WHERE: Largo Public Library
120 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771

WHEN: Tuesday, August 6, 2019
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EDT

July 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Will Help Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers File Claims in Erwin, Tennessee, on August 29

ERWIN, TN – The U.S. Department of Labor will provide information about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act and help current and former nuclear weapons workers file claims on Thursday, August 29, 2019, in Erwin, Tennessee.

WHAT: Traveling Resource Center

WHERE: Erwin Town Hall
211 N. Main Ave.
Erwin, TN 37650

WHEN: Thursday, August 29, 2019
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CDT
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. CDT

July 5, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Will Help Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers File Claims in Pahrump, Nevada, on July 25

PAHRUMP, NV The U.S. Department of Labor will provide information about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act and help current and former nuclear weapons workers file claims on Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Pahrump, Nevada.

WHAT: Traveling Resource Center

July 5, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Will Help Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers File Claims in Albany, Oregon, on July 23

ALBANY, OR – The U.S. Department of Labor will provide information about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act and help current and former nuclear weapons workers file claims on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in Albany, Oregon.

June 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Town Hall for Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers in Paducah, Kentucky

PADUCAH, KY – The U.S. Department of Labor and the Joint Outreach Task Group will host a town hall meeting in Paducah, Kentucky, on June 20, 2019, to discuss the benefits available to current and former nuclear weapons workers from covered facilities, and their families, under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.

May 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Event for Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers in Harrison and Dublin, Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor will host two town hall meetings to discuss the benefits available to current and former nuclear weapons workers from covered facilities, and their families, under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.

April 17, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Hosts Event in Oak Ridge, Tennessee For Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers

OAK RIDGE, TN – The U.S. Department of Labor will host an event on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to discuss the benefits available to current and former nuclear weapons workers from covered facilities, and their families, under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. Representatives from the Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will present information on their roles in the program.

April 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Event for Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers in Middle Island, New York

MIDDLE ISLAND, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor will host an event on Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Middle Island, New York, to discuss the benefits available to current and former nuclear weapons workers from covered facilities, and their families, under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will present information on their roles in the program.

February 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Updates Regulations Implementing Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) announced today the publication of the final rule updating the regulations governing administration of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA).

November 2, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Event in Lynchburg, Virginia, For Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers

LYNCHBURG, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) will host an outreach event on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, in Lynchburg, Virginia, to inform current and former nuclear weapons workers from three covered facilities in the state about the benefits available to them under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). Workers' family members may be entitled to benefits and are encouraged to participate. 

August 2, 2018

Twelve Members Appointed to Advisory Board Focused on Health of Nuclear Weapons Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced 12 appointees to the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).

July 30, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Event in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, For Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers

NEW KENSINGTON, PA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) will host an outreach event on Aug. 22, 2018, in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, to inform current and former nuclear weapons workers from 25 facilities in the state about the benefits available to them under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). Workers' family members may be entitled to benefits and are encouraged to participate. 

June 13, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Rule to Update Payment Of Medical Benefits Under Black Lung Benefits Act

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) has published a final rule under the Black Lung Benefits Act conforming the Department's payment of medical benefits for disabled coal miners to industry standards and streamlining bill-processing procedures.

May 23, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Events for Uranium Miners and Nuclear Weapons Workers in Grand Junction, Colorado, and Moab, Utah

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) will host outreach events in June 2018 in Grand Junction, Colorado, and in Moab, Utah, for former and current workers in the uranium mining and nuclear weapons industries. If a uranium mining or nuclear weapons worker is deceased, his or her surviving family members are invited to participate.

April 18, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Adopts Rule to Foster Accurate And Prompt Benefit Payments in Longshore Claims

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) has adopted new regulations that clarify how maximum and minimum compensation rates apply to claims payable under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) and its extensions. The rule will be published in the Federal Register on April 19.

April 12, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Launches Webpage to Assist Federal Employees In Filing FECA Claims for Injuries Arising Out of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

WASHINGTON, DC – As part of U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta’s efforts to assist federal employees in filing 9/11 Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) claims, the U.S. Department of Labor has launched a new webpage that provides information on how to file a claim, the key evidence needed to establish a claim, and a section of frequently asked questions and answers. Additional information and links to potential benefits offered by other programs created under the Zadroga Act are also provided.

April 6, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Event in Iowa for Ames Lab Workers

AMES, IA – The U.S. Department of Labor will host an outreach event in Ames on April 17, 2018, for former and current nuclear weapons workers and their survivors. Federal representatives from the Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC) will discuss the new Special Exposure Cohort class of employees at the Ames Laboratory.

March 14, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Events for Nuclear Weapons Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor will host outreach events in Bridgeton, Missouri, on March 20 and 21, 2018, for former and current nuclear weapons workers and their survivors. Federal representatives will present about the mission of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) and the medical benefits available to approved claimants under the program.