Federal Employees' Compensation Act

The Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) is the law that provides compensation for individuals who are injured or develop conditions while on duty with the federal government.

Peace Corps Volunteers’ service-related conditions are covered by FECA, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. FECA is not a Peace Corps program.

Filing a claim

If your health-care provider determines you need treatment, you have the right to file a FECA claim to seek compensation for medical expenses. In general, claims must be filed within three years of your COS/ET or, for latent conditions, within three years of recognition that the condition is service-related. 

To file a claim, contact the Post-Service Unit at [email protected] or 202.692.1540 and they will guide you through the filing process.

You will need to fill out a claim form and submit your doctor’s visit notes to with your claim to Department of Labor. The typical waiting period for decision on a claim is between four to 10 weeks. Your post-service nurse will be in contact with your Department of Labor claims examiner. Claim decisions are made by the Department of Labor, not the Peace Corps.

If your claim is accepted, there is no time limit on benefits and the case remains open for as long as medical care or disability continues. Cases in which there is no activity for a period of several months are closed by Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs.

For more detailed information, visit dol.gov/owcp/dfec/fec-faq.htm.