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Department of Labor, Worker's Compensation for Federal Employees

Frequently Asked Questions about Income Withholding and the National Medical Support Notice (NMSN)

Published: July 1, 2012
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State/Local Child Support Agencies
Employer Responsibilities, Income/Wage Withholding
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How do I determine whether a non-custodial parent (NCP) is receiving worker's compensation as a federal employee?

The federal Department of Labor (DOL) provides worker's compensation for federal employees who are injured on the job. The DOL reports that there are approximately 45,000 federal employees or former federal employees now receiving worker's compensation benefits through the DOL, approximately $2.25 billion in worker's compensation annually.  The Federal Parent Locator Service's (FPLS) Insurance Match includes monthly data from DOL.  The DOL file is matched against the FPLS debtor file to identify federal employees on worker's compensation who are in arrears for chlld support. Matches are sent monthly to the states.  

How do I process the income withholding order (IWO) when the NCP goes on worker's compensation?

The DOL's worker's compensation program is sometimes notified of an ongoing child support deduction. In order to make the deduction, DOL asks for a copy of the court order. It may come from the employing federal agency, the court, or the custodial parent. However, DOL usually receives it from a court. For more information about DOL's worker's compensation program, please contact Jay Mariani at (202) 693-1021 or Mariani.Jay@dol.gov.

Is healthcare coverage continued for an NCP receiving worker's compensation?

Worker's compensation claimants have the right to continue health care coverage on worker's compensation for the first year. If beneficiaries stay on DOL's records longer than one year, they must meet the "Five Year Rule". This is an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) rule that states the the employee must have either been enrolled in a Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) plan for five years, or have been enrolled at their first opportunity, to remain covered by OWCP after one year. DOL's worker's compensation program also honors Spouse Equity, Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC), and the Child Equity Act of 2000 to ensure coverage for dependents.

Where do I send the Income Withholding for Support (IWO) order, the National Medical Support Notice (NMSN) or termination of the IWO or NMSN when the NCP is receiving worker's compensation as a federal employee?

Office of Worker's Compensation Program (OWCP)
P.O. Box 8300
London, KY 40742

The claimant's OWCP claim number should be prominently displayed on any correspondence so that the incoming mail can be correctly associated with the case file.