Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP)
EEOICP Performance Results
Government Performance Results Act of 1993 (GPRA)
The Department of Laborís (DOL) Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP) has exceeded its Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 performance goals under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). This achievement further maintains DOLís strong record of meeting its key GPRA goals and commitment to assisting those individuals who have filed claims under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).
Reflecting its status as a ďstart-upĒ program, the EEOICPís early GPRA performance goals focused on improving claims processing efficiency and delivering timely EEOICPA decisions and benefits. For example, the goal in FY 2002, the programís first full year, was to complete initial processing on 75% of claims filed by Department of Energy (DOE) employees or DOE contractor employees within 120 days, and to complete initial processing on 75% of claims filed by employees of Atomic Weapons Employers and beryllium vendors within 180 days. In FY 2005, the first year Part E benefits were available under the EEOICPA; the goal was to make at least 1,200 payments under that emerging program. EEOICP successfully met, and exceeded that goal, completing 1,535 payments totaling over $194.3 million, to ailing DOE contractor or subcontractor employees and their families.
In FY 2007, EEOICP began to measure average days for completion of initial processing because this measure is a better indicator of overall effectiveness in delivering initial services to claimants. Use of an average days measure also facilitates setting specific targets for year to year improvement, and documents the amount of improvement over time (as indicated in the table below). During FY 2009, GPRA goals were set to process initial claims within 160 days under Part B and 195 days under Part E. Both goals were greatly exceeded with initial Part B claims being processed on average within 113 days and initial Part E claims being processed on average within 159 days.
Timely processing also extends to all final decisions issued by EEOICPís Final Adjudication Branch (FAB). The FY 2009 GPRA timeliness standard, for both Part B and Part E claims, was to complete final decisions within 180 days where there was a hearing and within 75 days where there was no hearing. EEOICPís FAB once again met its FY timeliness standard as it has every year since the programís first full year.