Washington, DC – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released two new reports this week that analyzed changes to the Federal Employee’s Compensation Act and their impact on Federal employees and Postal Service employees. 

GAO found that proposed cuts to Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) benefits in the 21st Century Postal Service Act (S.1789) would result in employees who are injured at work receiving up to 35 percent less on FECA than they would have received if they had been able to retire without injury under the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS).  Proposed cuts also would have a more significant impact on employees at lower pay grades and those who are injured earlier in their careers. 

“GAO’s analysis further supports my position that the FECA benefit reductions included in the Senate-passed postal reform bill are unfair to injured employees,” Senator Akaka said.  “This is especially true of the proposed cuts for elderly disabled employees who will receive significantly less than they would have received in retirement had they not been injured.  I continue to urge my colleagues to reject benefit cuts that would harm employees who are disabled by injuries sustained in service to their country.”

More findings from the GAO report:

Senator Akaka is Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia, a subcommittee of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.


The GAO reports are available here: