Ombudsman for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Law and Legal Definition

Ombudsman for the energy employees occupational illness compensation program is an office established by congress under the Department of Labor. The ombudsman addresses the concerns of claimants and potential claimants regarding their receipt of benefits under Part E of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). Part E of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act provides for federal payments to compensate certain nuclear workers for occupational illnesses caused by exposure to toxic substances.

This office functions independent of the Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation but administers and make decisions regarding Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act claims. The office of the Ombudsman is to be maintained for a period of three years from enactment of legislation and is effective only till October 28, 2012.

The primary responsibilities of the ombudsman are:

1. to provide information to claimants, potential claimants, and other interested parties on the benefits available;

2. to make recommendations to the Secretary of Labor regarding the location of resource centers across the country;

3. to issue annual report to Congress; and

4. to make recommendations for improving the administration.