WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) will hold a hearing titled Examining the Federal Workers’ Compensation Program for Injured Employees to examine reform proposals for the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA).

The Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) provides workers’ compensation coverage to federal civilian workers for any injury or illness incurred on the job.  FECA has not been significantly updated in close to 40 years.  A number of changes have been proposed, which are intended to modernize the program, improve return-to-work incentives, and reduce the overall cost to the Federal government.  Discussion will focus largely on proposals to reduce FECA wage loss compensation benefits for disabled FECA recipients who reach retirement age.   

The hearing will be webcast live at: hsgac.senate.gov

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Subcommittee on
Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia.

Examining the Federal Worker’s Compensation Program for Injured Employees

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Senator Daniel K. Akaka, Chairman


Hon. Christine Griffin, Deputy Director, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Mr. Gary Steinberg, Acting Director, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, U.S. Department of Labor

Mr. Andrew Sherrill, Director, Education, Workforce, and Income Security, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Mr. Joseph Beaudoin, President, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

Mr. Ronald Watson, Consultant, National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO

Dr. Gregory Krohm, Executive Director, International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions