Accession Number : ADA524257
Title : The Defense Base Act (DBA): The Federally Mandated Workers' Compensation System for Overseas Government Contractors
Descriptive Note : Congressional rept.
Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
Personal Author(s) : Grasso, Valerie B ; Webel, Baird ; Szymendera, Scott
Report Date : 02 Jun 2010
Pagination or Media Count : 34
Abstract : Many overseas federal contractors are covered by the Defense Base Act (DBA), which mandates that they provide workers' compensation insurance for their employees. As the U.S. military has increased operations in Iraq, the size of the DBA program has grown. Since September 2001, there have been 49,472 DBA cases, including 1,584 cases involving the deaths of contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly $200 million in cash and medical benefits were paid to DBA claimants in 2008. Congress has become increasingly concerned with the costs involved in the DBA program because the federal government usually reimburses its contractors for their DBA premiums. The Department of State (DOS) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have seen some cost savings since adopting single-source models for their DBA insurance in which contractors for each agency are required to purchase insurance from a single company selected by the agency. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is currently testing such a model for its DBA system. For the rest of the Department of Defense (DOD), however, including the Army's large Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) contract, individual contractors are free to select their own DBA insurers and negotiate their own rates, and one contractor, KBR, has been criticized by DOD auditors for failing to demonstrate that it sought to control DBA premium costs when selecting an insurer.
Descriptors : *INSURANCE , *COSTS , *MILITARY PERSONNEL , *BENEFITS , ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS , COMPANY LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , COMPENSATION , SAVINGS , AFGHANISTAN , AUDITING , MEDICINE , CONTRACTORS , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , OVERSEAS , CONGRESS
Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE