Post Office and OWCP / federal workers’ compensation agency information sharing breaks down.

Posted on Jan 04, 2014

Some tension has developed between OWCP and the USPS (United States Postal Service) concerning the privacy of numerous records concerning injured postal workers.  In August of 2013, OWCP indefinitely suspended the right of the USPS to review personal information concerning postal workers’ FECA claims, including OWCP documents.  Evidently, this information was being used by the USPS for a variety of reasons, including efforts to prevent claims under the Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) appeals and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints against the agency, and “to conduct fishing expeditions that target employees and treating physicians.”

While this complicates the relationship between OWCP and USPS, the reporting requirements for both agencies as well as for claimants who are injured while working for the Post Office remain the same.  Postal employees should be prepared to relay more information back and forth due to the restrictions that have been imposed.  OWCP will still share information and cooperate with postal inspectors and officials of the Office of the Inspector General concerning necessary fraud and investigatory work associated with the administration of FECA.  

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