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Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program

The program provides monetary and medical benefits to Department of Energy employees, its contractors, designated atomic weapons employers, and beryllium vendors, or to survivors of such workers, for illnesses due to exposure to toxic substances or radiation while working at nuclear weapons and related covered facilities.


What This Rating Means


This rating describes a program that needs to set more ambitious goals, achieve better results, improve accountability or strengthen its management practices.
  • The agency collects extensive performance data and uses it to manage and improve performance. The program has achieved efficiencies and effectiveness in program execution, increasing the average number of claims decisions per FTE from 116.8 to 190.7 between 2005 and 2006. The program ensures that funds are spent for the intended purpose, and payments reach the intended beneficiaries.
  • The program's statutory design reduces its effectiveness. The program's design requires the involvement of multiple agencies in certain claims decisions, resulting in delays. Further, the agencies do not always work toward the same performance goals. The program also does not prevent the duplicate payment of benefits by state and federal workers compensation programs.
  • The program has not undergone a comprehensive independent evaluation. DOL has, however, completed a contracted evaluation of its cancer claims adjudication process comparing its systems with state workers compensation programs, DOJ's RECA program and the Veteran Administration's program. The General Accounting Office and Department of Labor Inspector General also have assessments underway.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Working with the National Institute on Occupational Safety and Health to establish compatible timeliness measures that are consistent with program goals, and reporting performance against those goals.
  • Obtaining an independent, comprehensive evaluation of the program.
  • Improving coordination with State workers' compensation systems to prevent duplicate payments.

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