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The Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) is administered by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Program (OWCP) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). All civilian employees (including Auxiliarists) are covered under the Act. Employees are provided compensation benefits for disability due to personal injury sustained while in the performance of duty or due to employment-related disease. The FECA also provides for the payment of benefits to dependents if the injury or disease causes the employee's death.
The U.S. Coast Guard nor any of its management officials have authority to approve or deny any employee's claim for compensation benefits. This authority lies solely within DOL.