There are potentially thousands of separate benefits to be considered a PDB and it
can be difficult to determine if a payment is a PDB. If the payment is not listed
in DI 52125.005B below, follow these steps to determine if the payment is a PDB:
Rule out the possibility that the payment is workers' compensation (WC). (See DI 52101.001 for the definition of WC.)
Determine if the benefit received meets the definition of PDB in DI 52125.001.
Review reverse offset procedures in DI 52105.001 if a benefit appears to be a PDB, but is reduced due to the receipt of DIB. Reverse
jurisdiction may apply and the PDB may not be offsettable.
NOTE: If the payment is not listed in DI
52125.005B in this section, it may be subject to offset.
PDB offset does not apply to the payments listed below. This list is not all-inclusive.
Follow the steps in DI 52125.005A above to determine whether a payment not listed below is a PDB:
Private disability benefits, including benefits paid by private employers under their
own plans which are not required by Federal, State, or local laws; benefits paid from
short or long-term disability insurance policies purchased by individuals.
NOTE: Verify that the benefit is actually a privately purchased disability benefit and
not a PDB (or workers’ compensation (WC)) paid by an insurance carrier.
Department of Veterans Affairs (formerly VA) benefits paid under title 38, U.S.C.,
including agent-orange payments.
Union disability benefits.
Federal disability pensions that meet the offset exclusions in DI 52130.001 - Types of Federal Public Disability Benefits.
Federal discontinued service pensions.
Part B black lung benefits where the coal mine employment was covered for Social Security
NOTE: Black Lung Part C is offsettable as WC – see DI 52115.015 – Federal Mine Safety and Health Act (FMSHA).
Railroad disability pensions paid under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act. See
DI 52105.001 – Reverse Offset Plans.
Radiation Exposure Compensation Act payments
Public Safety Officer Benefit Act payments.
Energy Employee’s Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP) payments to Department
of Energy employees, contractors or subcontractors with a work related injury or illness.
Crime Victim Compensation awards for injuries suffered as a result of a compensable
Any benefit offsettable as WC. (If there is any question, develop to determine if
the payment was made under a WC law or plan.)