U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Management of the Federal Employees' Compensation Act Program (Revised) [open pdf - 2MB]
"We reviewed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) management of its 'Federal Employees' Compensation Act' program. The 'Federal Employees' Compensation Act' provides wage loss compensation, medical care, and survivors' benefits to civilian employees for employment-related traumatic injuries and occupational diseases. In fiscal year 2012, ICE had 2,253 cases totaling approximately $21 million in workers' compensation-related costs. Our audit objective was to determine whether ICE is effectively managing the program to minimize lost workdays and related compensation costs. ICE has not effectively managed its 'Federal Employees' Compensation Act' program to control costs. Specifically, it has not ensured correct processing of claims and monitoring of workers' compensation cases. In addition, ICE has not implemented management controls needed to manage the program. As a result, ICE has not minimized lost workdays and related compensation costs. For example, we identified five cases in which individuals received approximately $1 million in compensation after they were cleared to return to work. Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has not provided formal written guidance that establishes minimum standards for administering the 'Federal Employees' Compensation Act' program in the Department and its Components. We made two recommendations to the ICE Acting Human Capital Officer and one recommendation to the DHS Chief Human Capital Officer to improve management of the 'Federal Employees' Compensation Act' program. ICE and DHS concurred with all recommendations."
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-14-105 (Revised)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General: http://www.oig.dhs.gov/