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Black Lung Benefits Program: Improved Oversight of Coal Mine Operator Insurance Is Needed

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Agency Recommendation Status
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Director of the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs should develop and implement procedures for coal mine operator self-insurance renewal that clarifies how long an operator is authorized to self-insure; when an operator must submit its renewal application and supporting documentation; and the conditions under which an operator's self-insurance authority would not be renewed. (Recommendation 1)
Open – Partially Addressed

DOL agreed with this recommendation and said it is acting to implement it to achieve further improvements in ensuring the effective oversight of coal mine operator insurance. In December 2021, however, we reported that while DOL took initial steps to implement GAO's recommendation, its reform effort was hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic and a review of the program by the current administration, according to DOL officials. In August 2022, DOL officials stated that the program review is complete and that DOL will issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking about coal operator self-insurance in Fall

Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Director of the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs should develop and implement procedures for self-insured coal mine operator appeals that identify time lines for self-insured operators to submit documentation supporting their appeals and that identify a goal for how much time DOL should take to make appeals decisions. (Recommendation 2)
Open – Partially Addressed

DOL agreed with this recommendation and said it is acting to implement it to achieve further improvements in ensuring the effective oversight of coal mine operator insurance. In December 2021, however, we reported that while DOL took initial steps to implement GAO's recommendation its reform effort was hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic and a review of the program by the current administration, according to DOL officials. In August 2022, DOL officials stated that the program review is complete and that DOL will issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking about coal operator self-insurance in Fall

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