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Workers Compensation

The Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) is the law covering the payment of workers' compensation benefits to federal employees and their dependents who suffer a disability or death due to a traumatic injury or occupational disease sustained while in the performance of their duties. FECA is administered by the Office of Worker's Compensation Programs (OWCP) in the Department of Labor.

All service employees, students, and volunteers are covered by the OWCP. A claim should be filed if an employee/volunteer sustains an injury or develops an occupational illness. All injuries should be reported since a seemingly minor injury could result in additional issues in the future. The injury/illness should be documented by the injured employee and his/her supervisor and the proper forms should be completed electronically via the Safety Management Information System (SMIS) website.

The USGS uses the Department of the Interior (DOI) SMIS website for reporting claims, where form numbers CA-1 (Federal Employees Notice of Traumatic Injury and Claim for Compensation) and CA-2 (Federal Employees Notice of Occupational Disease/Illness and Claim for Compensation) are submitted electronically.


Contact Information

The USGS Workers Compensation Program is managed by the Office of Human Resources. For Program information or assistance, please contact:

Sadieann Bello

U.S. Geological Survey

Human Resources Office

3020 State University Dr. East, Suite 2001

Sacramento, CA 95819

Phone: 916-278-9383

Fax: 916-278-9413


Additional DOI Information can be found at


Workers’ Compensation Resources


Claims under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Frequently Asked Questions

Department of Labor FAQs


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