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Congress considers taking over Workers’ Compensation under the Defense Base Act October 18, 2008

Posted by Herb Chestnut in Uncategorized.
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I read recently that Congress was considering a proposal that the federal government take control of the administration, funding and all other aspects of the Defense Base Act.  While I think that we all agree that AIG is not the most efficient and fair manager of the Act, just ask anyone who has ever had a claim under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) how they feel about the government getting in the game.

FECA applies generally to all federal employees working in the U.S. who do not come under the Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) extension to the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA).  Therefore, if you work for at the Post Exchange, the commisary, the golf course or anywhere else that derives its funds from sources besides Congress, you come under the NAF and the LHWCA.  Most of these workers are employed by AAFES or the Navy Exchange Service.  Practically everyone else, postal workers, employees of the DOL, federal court employees, any employee of a federal agency, come under the FECA.  The easy test is, if you are a civil servant, you have the pleasure of having coverage under the FECA.

What is so bad about the FECA you ask? 



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