What Are The Differences Between State & Federal Workers Compensation?

The main difference between the Texas State Workers’ Compensation program and the Federal OWCP program boils down to who you work for:

Texas State Workers’ Compensation:

This program applies to employees of private companies and most state government employees in Texas. If you’re injured working for a non-federal entity in Texas, this is the program that covers you.

Federal OWCP program (Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs):

This program is specifically for civilian employees of the U.S. government. So, if your paycheck comes directly from Uncle Sam, OWCP is your Ansprechpartner (German for “contact person”) for work-related injuries or illnesses.

Here’s a quick table summarizing the key differences: