OIG Update 
From Peace Corps OIG Semiannual Report to Congress, Oct 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008
"Investigations of Federal Employees' Compensation Act Recipients"
The OIG Investigations Unit continues to monitor 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
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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 obtained the names of potentially deceased
FECA recipients; the Investigations Unit investigated 23 of these files. In addition,
we investigated liability suits filed by FECA claimants.
OMS identified $51,301 in overpayments; $174,181.25 in annual disability and
medical costs; for an actuarial savings of $2,948,034.20. The Investigations Unit
looks forward to coordinating upcoming visits with OMS to review claims at U.S.
Department of Labor's Workers Compensation Offices and conduct follow-up
investigations during the next reporting period.