Things You Should Know About Pipeline

What is Pipeline?

Pipeline is a reemployment initiative designed to return recovering employees to productive duty as soon as they are medically able. This is done by providing over-hire authority to Department of Defense (DOD) installations and agencies, and funding for salary and benefits for the first year. Pipeline removes the budget and staffing constraints that have historically presented barriers for installations seeking to reintegrate recovering employees back into the workforce.

Employs a Three-Tiered Approach:

Reemployment Process



Reemployment Process:

The reemployment process requires the cooperation of several levels within the organization.

DOD Component Headquarters Injury Compensation Program Administrators

Field Commanders

Injury Compensation Program Administrator (ICPA)

Installation Supervisors

HR Staff


Disbursed to DOD installations that have returned an injured employee under the Pipeline Program effective on the return-to-work date and for the remainder of the Fiscal Year.

Disbursed at the beginning of the next Fiscal Year for the remaining time period until a full year is funded for employees who remain in a productive position.


Oversight of this Program is accomplished at the Civilian Personnel Policy (CPP) level, utilizing the resources of the Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service (DCPAS), Injury & Unemployment Compensation (ICUC) Branch to implement policy, provide guidance, and develop and monitor performance metrics.

To ensure that funds and FTE transactions are processed to and from DOD installations by appropriate accounting methods the DCPAS Mission Support works closely with the ICUC Branch.

How Can Pipeline Bring Down Costs?

Pipeline helps in a couple of ways:

Pipeline mitigates the impact recovering workers have on an agency’s budget. This cost can be substantial over time.

In addition to direct cost savings, Pipeline helps achieve indirect cost savings by minimizing the replacement and training costs for employees on worker compensation rolls. These costs equate to approximately 6.5% of salary and benefit costs.

Of course the biggest cost reductions are realized by avoiding the costs in the first place. Work disability incidence, duration, and costs are lowered in workplaces that have a people-oriented culture, a strong safety climate, that pay attention to ergonomic issues, and have a proactive return-to-work program!

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

E-mail: ICUC Questions

E-mail: Pipeline Coordinator

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