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Kline Statement on Review of Proposed Changes to Federal Workers’ Compensation Program

U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) issued the following statement today after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released two reports examining the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed changes to the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA):

The GAO reports offer important insight into the consequences of the Labor Department’s proposed FECA reforms. It is clear there are no easy solutions to the challenges facing the federal workers’ compensation program. The committee will continue to examine the GAO’s findings as we review various proposals for reform.

NOTE: On November 29, 2011, the House of Representatives approved the Federal Workers’ Compensation Modernization and Improvement Act (H.R. 2465). The bipartisan legislation enhanced the efficiency and improved the integrity of the FECA program. Prior to House approval of H.R. 2465, Chairman Kline, Ranking Member George Miller (D-CA), and Reps. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) requested the GAO review additional proposed reforms of the FECA program. The reports released today are the result of the committee’s request.

To read the GAO reports, click here and here

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