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What GAO Found In 2012, GAO ran simulations to analyze proposals—similar to a proposal discussed in the Department of Labor's 2016 budget justification—to set initial Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) benefits at a single compensation rate.
What GAO Found From fiscal years 2006 through 2013, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) decreased the size of its workforce and the number of employee work hours through retirements, attrition, and initiatives to streamline its operations.
What GAO FoundThe United States Postal Service's (USPS) mail carriers--who delivered mail to nearly 132 million delivery points nationwide in fiscal year 2012--can be injured while delivering mail in a number of ways, for example by being bitten by a dog or being involved in a vehicle collision.
What GAO FoundGAO's simulation found that under the current Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) program, the median wage replacement rate--the percentage of take-home pay replaced by FECA--for total-disability beneficiaries was 88 percent for U.S.
What GAO FoundUnder our simulation, compensating all beneficiaries at 70 percent of wages at the time of injury reduced the overall median wage replacement rate--the percentage of take-home pay replaced by FECA--from 80 to 77 percent.
What GAO Found Under our simulation, compensating all USPS FECA beneficiaries at 70 percent of wages at the time of injury reduced the overall median wage replacement ratethe percentage of take-home pay replaced by FECAfrom 88 to 84 percent.
What GAO FoundAnnual pay adjustments for the General Schedule (GS), the pay system covering the majority of federal workers, are either determined through the process specified in the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990 (FEPCA) or set based on percent increases authorized directly by Congress....
What GAO FoundLabor and IGs from employing departments and agencies have consistently reported similar FECA program management challenges, such as oversight and information technology, and have linked these to increased program costs through improper payments.