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GAO seeks information about federal workers comp cheats


On the street, they are called snitches. To law enforcement, they are informants.

The Government Accountability Office consider them good citizens.

These are the folks from whom the GAO wants to get information about people who are cheating the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act, which provides benefits to those injured on the job.

“Specifically, GAO is looking for information on cases in which federal employees are currently abusing workers compensation benefits,” says an agency press release.

“For example, fraud schemes might include a beneficiary working a second job, overstating their workers’ compensation claim, or collecting benefits for a deceased individual. Anyone with information regarding fraud or abuse of the FECA program by federal employees is encouraged to contact us at All information about individuals who contact us will be kept confidential.

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Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.


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