EEOICPA BULLETIN NO.0
Subject: Director’s Order-Delegation of Signature Authority
Background: Under 20 C.F.R. § 30.320
the Director of the Division of Energy Employees Occupational
Illness Compensation (DEEOIC) is granted the authority to reopen a claim and
vacate a FAB decision at any time after the FAB has issued a final
decision. The Director is granted sole
discretion over the process by which a claim is reopened.
Under the current process, the
Director will issue a signed Director’s Order when a claim is reopened. The
Director’s Order is issued with instructions to either the District Office or
FAB as to the future handling of the claim. In order to streamline the reopening
process and in the exercise of the Director’s discretion over the reopening
process, the Director is delegating the authority to sign Director’s Orders
specific to certain routine reopenings
to the Branch Chief for Policies, Regulations and Procedures (BPRP). This delegated
authority is limited to reopenings based on residual contamination outside of the
time periods and reopenings based on submission
of new and probative medical and/or employment evidence that was
not considered previously. The Director is retaining sole signature authority
for all other types of reopenings and all decisions on
References: Energy Employees
Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) of 2000, Final Rule 20
C.F.R. § 30.320
(a) and Federal (EEOICPA) Procedure
Manual Chapter 2-1400.
Purpose: To document the delegated authority granted to the Branch Chief for Policies, Regulations and Procedures to sign Director’s Orders specific to certain routine reopenings.
Applicability: All staff.
Actions: The delegation of authority to sign Director’s Orders for certain routine reopenings to the Branch Chief for Policies, Regulations and Procedures will not affect the current responsibilities and work flow for the District Office and FAB in the overall reopening process as described in Federal (EEOICPA) Procedure Manual Chapter 2-1400. In addition, regardless of who signed the Director’s Order, the District Office and the FAB must strictly comply with the instructions in the Director’s Order.
Disposition: Retain until incorporated in the Federal (EEOICPA) Procedure Manual.
PETER M. TURCIC
Director, Division of Energy Employees
Occupational Illness Compensation
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