Office of Workers' Compensation Programs August 2009 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Claims for Compensation; Death Gratuity Under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act
Document Number: E9-18523
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-08-18
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
This document contains the interim final regulations governing the administration of the death gratuity created by section 1105 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, Public Law 110-181, by the Department of Labor (Department or DOL). Section 1105 provides a death gratuity payment to eligible survivors of Federal employees and non-appropriated fund instrumentality employees (NAFI employees) who die of injuries incurred in connection with service with an Armed Force in a contingency operation. Section 1105 amended the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) to add a new section, designated as section 8102a. The Secretary of Labor has the authority to administer and to decide all questions arising under FECA. 5 U.S.C. 8145. FECA authorizes the Secretary to prescribe rules and regulations necessary for the administration and enforcement of the Act. 5 U.S.C. 8149. The Secretary has delegated the authority provided by 5 U.S.C. 8145 and 8149 to the Assistant Secretary for Employment Standards who then delegated that authority to the Director of the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP), who is responsible for the administration and implementation of FECA. 20 CFR 1.1. Thus OWCP will administer the adjudication of claims and the payment of the death gratuity under new section 8102a.
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