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House committee discusses FECA reform

from NARFE

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce's Subcommittee on Workforce Protection held a hearing May 20 to discuss ways of reforming the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act. Enacted in 1916, FECA was established to provide federal employees compensation for medical expenses and wages lost due to job-related injuries or illnesses. The hearing focused on reforms proposed by the Department of Labor, including noncontroversial modernizations and program integrity measures, which have received broad bipartisan support, and controversial benefit reductions for injured federal workers. Reform proposals discussed at the hearing may be included in budget reconciliation legislation reported out of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

NARFE supports the proposed modernizations and program integrity measures, but strongly opposes the proposals to reduce FECA benefits at retirement age. NARFE President Richard G. Thissen submitted written testimony for the record, which you can read here. more


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