The Labor Department is studying and considering changes in the way federal employees are compensated if they are injured on the job, said a report by the Government Accountability Office.
Currently, employees with a dependent at home receive 75 percent of their normal wage while recovering from an injury. Employees without a dependent only get 66 and two-thirds percent. The Labor Department is considering setting a universal rate of 70 percent.
In 2010, the government gave nearly $1.9 billion to federal employees who were injured on the job or contracted a work-related disease, the GAO said. The US Postal Service had the largest group given compensation - 43 percent of beneficiaries worked for the nation's mail service.