Comment: One comment noted that the Federal Employees Compensation Act ("FECA") requires claimants to sign a release form when they file a claim. This commenter suggested that the privacy regulation should not place additional restrictions on this type of release form.
Response: We agree. In the final rule, we have added a new provision, § 164.512(l), that permits covered entities to make disclosures authorized under workers' compensation and similar laws. This provision would permit covered entities to make disclosures authorized under FECA and not require a different release form.