Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC)
Decisions and Orders
This page provides the public with access to a searchable database maintained by the Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC) that contains both final decisions and various types of non-final orders issued by the Final Adjudication Branch (FAB) on claims arising under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA). The final decisionsthat are included in this database are considered to be of precedential value, meaning that they contain significant statements that constitute the working law of DEEOIC regarding EEOICPA benefit claims. Thus, DEEOIC may rely upon these decisions when it decides future claims that involve similar factual and legal issues. While the non-final orders that are included in this database are not considered to be of precedential value, they nonetheless contain important information regarding claims adjudication that may be of interest to the public. Summaries or “head notes” have been prepared for the decisions and orders in this database highlighting the statements in each decision and order that DEEOIC believes are particularly noteworthy. This database will be updated regularly to include future significant decisions and orders issued by FAB.
Occasionally, a decision or order that is in the database may become inaccurate or obsolete as a result of a subsequent event. This could occur because a later FAB decision is issued that overturns one or more of the conclusions of law contained in the decision or order, or because a section of EEOICPA that is relevant to the decision or order is later amended by Congress, or because DEEOIC has altered its procedures for adjudicating claims. In such circumstances, although the decision or order will be retained in the database to document that there has been such a change, when a reader accesses it, he or she will be informed by a prominent disclosure that it is no longer considered to be of precedential value. Also, final decisions contained in this database are sometimes vacated by the Director of DEEOIC when she determines that the underlying claim or claims should be revisited. When this occurs, the vacated decision is necessarily no longer in effect and is removed from the database, along with the head notes that were associated with that vacated decision.
Search by Topic`
Click on one of the topic headings below to view the head notes for decisions and orders relating to that particular topic. For example, if you click on the topic heading “Special Exposure Cohort,” all of the head notes for the decisions and orders in the database that discuss the Special Exposure Cohort will be displayed. In order to see the text of either a decision or order in its entirety, click on the hyperlink at the end of the head note.
Search by Word
Type a word or words in the box below and hit “Go” to perform a full-text search that will generate a list of all decisions and orders in the database containing the word(s) you have selected. To search for a phrase, place quotation marks around the phrase. For example, if you type the phrase “Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant,” a list of all decisions and orders in the database that contain the phrase “Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant” will be displayed. In order to see the text of a particular decision or order in its entirety, click on the hyperlink for that decision or order.
Notice: Due to the distinctive nature of these decisions and orders, including but not limited to the use of Social Security Numbers as identifiers, the size of the majority of communities in which the claimant population resides, the age of that population, the amount of the awards, and the potential vulnerability of that population, information has been deleted from all of the decisions and orders on this website. In particular, the name of the employee and the name(s) of his or her survivor(s), if applicable, have been deleted, as well as in some situations the names of other individuals if they share the same last name as the employee or a survivor. Also, the file number assigned to each EEOICPA claim, which is identical to the employee’s Social Security Number, has been deleted. In each instance, the nature and the extent of the deletion is indicated at the place in the decision or order where the deletion was made.