FECA schedule awards are offsettable WC payments that compensate NHs for the work-related
loss of, or loss of use of, one or more body parts. Schedule awards are not paid simultaneously
with regular wage-loss payments for the same injury. These awards begin once maximum
medical improvement has occurred for the body part involved. FECA schedule awards
pay WC for a statutory number of weeks depending on the body part(s) affected. For
example, may allot 46 weeks for a pointer finger or 312 weeks for an arm.
Schedule awards not paid simultaneously with regular wage-loss payments can continue
while the NH receives a disability retirement pension under the Civil Service Retirement
System (CSRS) or the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS). We consider both the
CSRS and FERS payments as federal public disability benefits (PDBs). Therefore, it
is possible for PDB offset and WC offset to apply if the claimant receives both FECA (WC) and a CSRS or FERS disability retirement pension (PDBs).
DOL pays schedule awards without regard to loss of earning capacity. The NH can actually
receive a schedule award after going back to work even if the work is in the previous