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Federal Employees' Compensation Act


Federal Employees' Compensation Act

The Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA), is a United States federal law, enacted on September 7, 1916.[1][2][3] Sponsored by Sen. John W. Kern (D) of Indiana and Rep. Daniel J. McGillicuddy (D) of Maine, it established compensation to federal civil service employees for wages lost due to job-related injuries.[1][3] This act became the precedent for "disability insurance" across the country and the precursor to broad-coverage health insurance.

President Woodrow Wilson signed H.R. 15316 into law on September 7, 1916.

The Federal Security Agency on July 16, 1946.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Summary of the Major Laws of the Department of Labor". U.S. Department of Labor. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  2. ^ "Kern–McGillicuddy Act (See Federal Employees' Compensation Act (1916))". Documents Collection Center – Yale Law School. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  3. ^ a b "The Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA)". U.S. Department of Labor. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  4. ^ Nordlund, W. J. (1991). "The Federal Employees' Compensation Act. (Cover story)". Monthly Labor Review 114 (9): 3–13. 
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