The WHCA extends the Defense Base Act to provide compensation for those overseas civilian
employees of contractors with the United States who do not work on a military, air
or naval base. If an injury or death claim is related to a "war-risk hazard," the
WHCA provides for government reimbursement from the Federal Employees Compensation
Act (FECA) to private WC insurance carriers. (This makes it easier for employers to
obtain WC insurance coverage for their employees.)
NOTE: The employer’s or carrier’s reimbursement from the FECA Fund does not affect the
offset computation. Employees are sometimes reimbursed directly for out of pocket
When verification is necessary, send requests for verification to: U.S. Department
of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, Branch of Special Claims, P.O.
Box 37117, Washington, D.C. 20013-7117.