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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: Under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act, what requirements must a claim for workers' compensation meet?

Answer: The employee must provide medical and factual evidence to establish five basic elements:

  1. The claim was filed within the time limits set by the FECA;

  2. The injured or deceased person was an employee within the meaning of the FECA:

  3. The injury, accident or employment factor actually occurred, and a medical condition was diagnosed in connection with the injury or event;

  4. The employee was in the performance of duty when the event(s) leading to the claim occurred; and

  5. The medical evidence establishes that the diagnosed condition is causally related to the injury or event.



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