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    From Peace Corps OIG Semiannual Report to Congress, Oct 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008 Investigations of Federal Employees Compensation Act Recipients The OIG
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 7, 2009
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      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
      24 Semiannual Report to Congress October 1, 2007 - March 31, 2008
      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.

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