AF phases in employees’ injury, illness comp portal

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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force, in conjunction with other Defense Department services, is phasing in the use of the Employees’ Compensation Operations and Management Portal (ECOMP), which is intended to eventually replace the current system used to file injury and illness compensation claims.

ECOMP is a free, Web-based portal for electronic filing of key Federal Employee Compensation Act claim forms managed by the Department of Labor (DOL). DOD officials have selected ECOMP for electronic processing of compensation claims, said Annette Castro, assigned to the Air Force Personnel Center Civilian Future Operations Branch.

Several installations were selected for the initial implementation phase, which will be conducted March 30-April 30, to include: Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, -Lackland, -Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Goodfellow and Sheppard Air Force Bases, Texas. Information gathered during that phase will enable AFPC Civilian Force Integration Directorate teams to guide civilian Airmen during upcoming implementation phases.

Using ECOMP, employees will be able to report a workplace incident and file a claim for compensation from their home computer without the need to use a common access card. Users can track the exact status of any form or document submitted via ECOMP and can electronically upload and submit documents directly to DOL case files. Additionally, once an employee submits a claim for benefits, the supervisor will receive an email notification that a pending claim is ready for review.

ECOMP will also shorten the time employees must wait for a claim number. Once a claim is submitted and validated by AFPC, employees will normally get their claim number within 20 minutes.

Base officials, including civilian personnel sections, will be notified when their installations are scheduled for implementation, Castro said. Until a base is phased into ECOMP, employees will continue to use the current process to submit a claim.

Additional information about ECOMP and the current process is available on the myPers website under “injury compensation.”