Analyst in Disability Policy
Chairman Walberg, Ranking Member Courtney, and Members of the subcommittee, my name is Scott Szymendera and I am an analyst at the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Thank you for inviting CRS to testify before the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections on the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA), the workers’ compensation system for federal employees administered by the Department of Labor.
Since 1916, federal employees have been protected from economic losses associated with employment-related injuries and illnesses and their families have been protected in cases of employment-related deaths by FECA. My testimony today will focus on two provisions of the Department of Labor’s FECA reform proposal: the elimination of augmented compensation for dependents coupled with an increase in the base rate of compensation; and the creation of a lower benefit rate for workers who receive benefits after reaching retirement age.
Date of Report: July 10, 2013
Number of Pages: 11
Order Number: T-071013
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