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  • Kevin
    From: Peace Corps OIG Semiannual Report to Congress , Apr 1 , 2008 to Sept 30, 2008 Investigation of Federal Employees Compensation Act Recipients The
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 7 10:41 AM

      From:  Peace Corps OIG Semiannual Report to Congress , Apr 1 , 2008 to Sept 30, 2008

      "Investigation of Federal Employees' Compensation Act Recipients"

      The Investigation Unit monitors Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA)
      claims. At present, the Peace Corps has approximately 1,300 open FECA claims and
      the Agency spends roughly $11 million dollars for former Volunteers and staff who
      were injured or became ill on the job or during their service. Unlike other federal
      entities, per section 10.730 Workers Compensation Programs, "[a]ny injury sustained
      by a volunteer or volunteer leader while he or she is located abroad shall be presumed
      to have been sustained in the performance of duty, and any illness contracted during
      such time shall be presumed to be proximately caused by the employment." This also
      includes any pre-existing condition that may have been aggravated by Peace Corps
      service. In addition, the Peace Corps' five-year rule and Volunteer special status under
      the FECA program limit the possibility that these individuals will return to work.

      During this reporting period, the OIG performed 23 death queries on individuals
      receiving FECA benefits. The OIG also traveled to the Office of Workers'
      Compensation Second District to review claimant files. Of special interest were
      claims deemed questionable due to the high compensation benefits received while
      the medical bills of the claimants were comparatively low. The OIG also made home
      visits to suspect claimants in order to check on their living/working status.

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