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The Defense Base Act provides workers' compensation protection to civilian employees working outside the United States on U.S. military bases or under a contract with the U.S. government for public works or for national defense.

This general information regarding the Defense Base Act that may be of interest to government contracting officials, U.S. government contractors, insurance professionals, covered employees and their families, and others in the workers' compensation claims community.

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What is the Defense Base Act?

The Defense Base Act is a federal workers’ compensation system.  It provides protection to contractors and subcontractors working overseas on a United States military base or working under a United States government contract. 

Who Is Covered Under the Defense Base Act?

The Defense Base Act does not discriminate based on nationality or job title.  If the injured worker qualifies as a DBA contractor, then they are entitled to benefits.  No matter where they are from.  No matter what job they performed.

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