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FEDERAL WORKERS COMP - OWCP
The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA)
provides wage loss compensation and medical benefits to
postal and federal employees who become injured or ill as a result of their duties.
Federal Injury Compensation Laws, Regulations and Policies
The Code of Federal Regulations (20 CFR Parts 10 and 25)
provides specific instructions as to how FECA should be administered
by the employing agency.
The US Postal Service has, as required, published specific instructions
regarding the policies and procedures which it will utilize in administering
federal injury compensation laws and regulations. This language can be found
primarily in Chapter 540 of the Employee and Labor Relations (ELM) and in EL
505 Handbook, Injury Compensation.
Within the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP), the Division of
Federal Employees’ Compensation (DFEC) is responsible for processing claims
filed by Postal Service employees.
The DFEC Web site
provides very useful
information regarding the claims process. Particularly useful are their
“Questions and Answers About the Federal Employees’
Compensation Act (CA 550)
Injury Compensation for Federal Employees
Even though the Postal Service has an obligation to provide to an employee the forms that are used to file OWCP claims, these
forms are also available from this Web site
. Also, provided is information regarding the recently implemented
Consolidated Bill Processing and Medical Authorization System.
Those who want a deeper understanding of how OWCP Claims Examiners (CEs) adjudicate claims can review the
, which CEs must follow.
Of particular interest will be
Claims, FECA, Part 2
, which describes the procedures for adjudicating, paying, and managing claims,
including the appeals process and other specialized topics.
The best thing you can do for yourself is know your rights. You can read more at
Human Relations site. Remember, get
the information you need.
Federal Injury Comp
Postal Relief Fund