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The Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA)

 Frequently Asked Questions


The Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) provides federal employees injured in the performance of duty with workers' compensation benefits, which include wage-loss benefits for total or partial disability, monetary benefits for permanent loss of use of a schedule member, medical benefits, and vocational rehabilitation. This Act also provides survivor benefits to eligible dependents if the injury causes the employee's death. The FECA is administered by the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP), within the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment Standards Administration (ESA).





  • Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) - Provides workers' compensation coverage to three million federal and postal workers around the world for employment-related injuries and occupational diseases. Benefits include wage replacement, payment for medical care, and where necessary, medical and vocational rehabilitation assistance in returning to work.
  • 20 CFR Part 10 - Regulations under the FECA.
  • War Hazards Compensation Act (WHCA) - Provides compensation for the injury, disability, death, or enemy detention of employees of contractors with the United States, and for other purposes.
  • 20 CFR Part 61 - Regulations under the WHCA.


  • Employment Standards Administration (ESA)
    Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP)
    Division of Federal Employees' Compensation

    200 Constitution Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20210
    Tel: 1-866-4-USA-DOL
    Local Offices
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    Tel: 1-866-4-USA-DOL
    TTY: 1-877-889-5627

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