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Nonappropriated Fund Workers’ Compensation

Congress enacted the Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act (NAFIA) in 1952 to define the status of employees working for the Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) at U.S. military bases in the United States and overseas. NAFIA extends provisions of the Longshore and Harbor Worker's Compensation Act (LHWCA) to certain civilian employees of nonappropriated fund instrumentalities of the Armed Forces. Off-duty enlisted personnel employed by NAF employers are not NAF civilian employees for the purpose of section 8.3 of DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 1408, Insurance and Annuities for Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) Employees. DCPAS provides some administrative and technical assistance regarding benefit delivery by the self-insured DOD NAF employers.

Funds appropriated by Congress do not pay NAF employees; therefore, they are not entitled to coverage under the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA). NAF Workers’ Compensation programs are self-insured, self-administered, and regulated by the Department of Labor. NAF employees who are currently receiving benefits under the LHWCA or who are injured at work should contact their local NAF Human Resources Office.