What is UCFE?
The Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) program provides a weekly income for a limited period of time to unemployed Federal civilian workers who qualify, to help them meet basic needs while searching for employment. Military members are covered under a separate program known as unemployment compensation for Ex-Servicemembers (UCX).
Laws and Regulations Governing the UCFE Program
DOD Instruction 1400.25-V850:Department of Defense Civilian Personnel Management System: Unemployment Compensation
Chapter 85 of 5 U.S.C.: established a permanent UCFE program
20 CFR 609: Dept. of Labor regulations related to UCFE
State Administration of the UCFE Program
The Dept. of Labor has entered into agreements with all of the States and jurisdictions including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The agreements provide for the State administration of the unemployment compensation (UC) program and allows the State Employment Security Agencies (SESAs) to determine and pay UC claims, review appeals, and conduct due process hearings based on the applicable State UC law. The SESAs are required to provide UC benefits to former Federal employees in the same amount, and under the same terms and conditions as non-Federal employees.
Department of Defense
Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service
HR Operational Programs & Advisory Services
Benefits and Worklife Division
Injury Compensation & Unemployment Compensation Branch
4800 Mark Center Drive, Suite 05G21
Alexandria, VA 22350-1100
Commercial Phone: (571) 372-1663
FAX: (571) 372-1662
DSN Phone: 372-1663
DSN FAX: 372-1662
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