The OIG press release about the OWCP indictments stated, “The United States Postal Service has a policy of returning disabled employees to a limited duty position or part-time employment at the earliest opportunity during their recovery from their work-related injury.” What happened to the National Reassessment Process? Doesn’t that do the opposite?
“Pursuant to OWCP procedures and policy, disabled employees receiving FECA benefits are required to disclose salaried, commissioned, and self-employment activities as well as volunteer activities when claiming entitlement to worker’s compensation benefits.” That’s right–even volunteer activities like Sunday School teacher, Girl Scouts or APWU state vice president have to be disclosed on the form or you can be NAILED. If a person is not willing to stay home and do nothing outside their restrictions, then they would be best off taking a disability retirement.
Everyone on OWCP is scrutinized these days. Tactics include installing a hidden video camera on a telephone pole in front of the home. Attached are two photos of one taken by a letter carrier. He witnessed it being installed, and curious, asked the contractor about it, who told him! The small rectangle on the side of the box is a one-way glass. The letter carrier complained to his steward, who complained to management, and the box was removed a few days later. The video signal is sent over the electrical wires to a distant monitoring station, giving OIG a live feed to a DVR. The City of Federal Way, WA installed a similar video surveillance setup all over town: http://www.q13fox.com/news/kcpq-052709-surveillancecameras2,0,3778257.story
Updated: Video Camera On pole (PDF)