The Federal Employees' Compensation Act provides compensation benefits to civilian employees of the United States for disability due to personal injury (including occupational disease) sustained while in the performance of duty. The FECA is administered by the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, U.S. Department of Labor, through district offices located throughout the United States.
Effective July 1 claims for workers' compensation must be filed electronically using the Employees' Compensation Operations and Management Portal. ECOMP allows federal employees to file claims for benefits under the FECA online. You will begin by registering with the ECOMP website: Ecomp.dol.gov. Employees are required to register and create an ECOMP account.
Reporting a Work-Related Condition
You should report all work-related conditions to your supervisor and file the Form CA-1 or Form CA-2, even if there is no lost time or medical expense. The Department of Labor considers claims to be “allowable” if they are reported within three years; however, it will be easier for you to prove your case if the claim is recorded and documented in ECOMP.
Traumatic Injuries: Use Form CA-1. After you register and create an ECOMP account, you will then be able to initiate your claim. Completion of your claim requires close coordination between you, your supervisor, Occupational Safety Health and Environment Specialist, Administration Specialist/HR Liaison and by emailing the FEMA Workers' Compensation Unit.
Occupational Disease: Use Form CA-2. After you register and create an ECOMP account, you will then be able to initiate your claim. Completion of your claim requires close coordination between you, your supervisor, Occupational Safety Health and Environment Specialist, Administration Specialist/HR Liaison and by emailing the FEMA Workers' Compensation Unit.
NOTE: In many instances, some of the blocks on Forms CA-1 and CA-2 will not apply to your situation. Rather than leave them blank (which will result in them being returned to you and delaying your claim), indicate not applicable or "N/A".
All documents pertinent to your workers' compensation should be electronically uploaded and submitted during the ECOMP initiation of the claim. If this is not possible, you are encouraged to submit supporting documentation (including medical updates) for inclusion in the file to the FEMA Workers' Compensation Specialist as soon as you can to assist OWCP with development and adjudication of your claim. Upon completion of your claim in ECOMP, the receipt of notice of injury portion will be printed, signed and returned to you. This is your receipt that your supervisor has acknowledged your claim. Your supervisor is required to complete their portion of the required data in ECOMP so that OWCP can promptly adjudicate your claim.
Questions: Email: FEMA Workers’ Compensation Unit at FEMA-HC-Workers-Compensation