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Workmans Compensation

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

publications “Questions and Answers About the Federal Employees’

Compensation Act (CA 550), and 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 (Forms). 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 Program

Procedures, 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 APWU.org Human Relations site. Remember, get the information you need.