In fiscal year 2012, ICE had 2,253 cases totaling approximately $21 million in workers’ compensation related costs. Our audit objective was to determine whether ICE is effectively managing the program to minimize lost workdays and related compensation costs. ICE has not effectively managed its Federal Employees’ Compensation Act program to control costs. Specifically, it has not ensured correct processing of claims and monitoring of workers’ compensation cases. In addition, ICE has not implemented management controls needed to manage the program. As a result, ICE has not minimized lost workdays and related compensation costs. For example, we identified five cases in which individuals received approximately $1 million in compensation after they were cleared to return to work.
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