Workers' Compensation Program

The Department of the Interior (DOI) is committed to preventing job-related injuries and illnesses. The DOI Workers' Compensation Program establishes guidance and oversight of workers' compensation (WC) programs; and promotes effective program management utilizing WC program goals, objectives, strategies, and performance measures. Our objective is to assist employees in submitting timely claims for compensation in order to receive timely benefits from OWCP, and to monitor the medical recovery of employees following job-related injuries and illnesses.

The Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) provides workers' compensation coverage 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 and survivor benefits.

When an employee sustains a job-related injury or illness, the Department is committed to providing initial medical treatment, referral, and follow-up attention under the FECA. This coverage is for all civilian employees of the United States. Contract employees, volunteers, and loaned employees are covered under some circumstances. The FECA is administered by the Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP).


  • FECA was amended by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2023 to include potential impacts to wildland fire, structural fire, and other personnel in fire protection activities in relation to the specific exposures that routinely occur in the course of their employment and the increased risk for certain types of cancers, heart disease, and lung disease. Refer to FECA Bulletin 22-07 and FECA Bulletin 23-05 or contact your Bureau Workers' Compensation Program Manager for additional details. 
  • On October 1, 2019, DOI began using the Department of Labor (DOL)'s Employees' Compensation Operations and Management Portal (ECOMP) system to file workers' compensation claims. All injury claims must be filed at
Workers' Compensation Dashboards and Injury Data Reports
Key Resources
Workers' Compensation Program Management
Injured Workers
Other Guidance and Resources