OIG: What actions should USPS take to return injured employees back to work in limited duty assignments?

Project Title: Postal Service’s Limited Duty and Rehabilitation Programs Return to Work Processes Start Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Estimated Report Release Date: December 2017 The OIG is conducting an audit to assess whether the Postal Service is effectively managing the Limited Duty and Rehabilitation Programs to facilitate returning injured employees that are deemed fit…

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USPS OIG Management Advisory – Workers’ Compensation Compound Drug Costs

Background Enacted in 1916, the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) provides medical, compensation, death, and vocational rehabilitation benefits to civilian federal employees who sustain injuries or disease. In fiscal years (FYs) 2014 and 2015, FECA provided over $1 billion in annual workers’ compensation benefits to U.S. Postal Service workers. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)…

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USPS OIG: Curbing Workers’ Comp Abuses

August 10, 2015 Disability programs are vital for a nation that supports its citizens. In the United States, federal employees, including postal workers, who suffer employment-related injury or illness are entitled to workers’ compensation under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). The U.S. Postal Service funds workers’ compensation benefits for employees who sustain job-related injuries….

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APWU: Postal Unions Object to Administration Proposal to Reduce Compensation to Injured Workers

Web News Article #: 125-2015 06/16/2015 – In a June 15 letter, the presidents of the four postal unions asked the Department of Labor (DOL) and the White House to withdraw a proposal that would reduce compensation benefits to injured workers and urged the administration instead to work with federal employee unions and their allies…

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Editorial: Reforming workers’ comp

By Editorial Board – June 13, 2015 There are obscure but important issues in Washington, and then there’s the reform of worker compensation for federal employees — where the importance-to-obscurity ratio is especially high. Kudos to President Obama for repeatedly tackling the issue in his budget proposals, including his most recent one, and to Rep….

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Postal worker health fraud rises as mail volume falls

By Michael Dresser – December 27, 2014 For seven years, postal worker Colette Lee collected nearly $250,000 in federal benefits after telling the government she was disabled as a result of a work-related injury. What the Baltimore woman didn’t disclose was a medical history that included injuries in four auto crashes that occurred before she…

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USPS Wins Appeal, Second Circuit Court reverses May 16, 2013 judgment for APWU

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. AMERICAN POSTAL WORKERS UNION, AFL–CIO, Plaintiff–Appellee, v. UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE, Defendant–Appellant. No. 13–2579–cv. Decided: June 6, 2014 Before WINTER, WALKER and CABRANES, Circuit Judges. Sarah T. Kanter (Darryl J. Anderson, on the brief), O’Donnell, Schwartz & Anderson, P.C., Washington, DC, for Plaintiff–Appellee American Postal Workers Union, AFL–CIO….

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