The Systemwide International Policies and Programs include the Defense Base Act Policy, the International Package Policy, and the International SOS program.
In 2006, the Office of Risk Management (ORM) conducted a survey of all the Institutions related to foreign travel. During Fiscal Year 2006, there were over 19,000 travelers going to approximately 150 different countries throughout the world. There were also over 400 contracts with the federal government involving work outside of the United States.
ORM has purchased several insurance products to assist in covering the various exposures for travelers and Institutions for workers’ compensation and liability claims related to incidents abroad. Effective on August 1, 2006 the Defense Base Act Workers’ Compensation went into effect.
This is a mandatory coverage, required to be carried by the US government for any US entity contracting with the US government on work taking place in foreign lands. It is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.
On May 1, 2007 ORM placed an International Package Policy which includes foreign workers’ compensation, foreign business auto, foreign general liability, and a local Mexico general liability and tourist policy.
The International SOS Program provides The University of Texas System (UT System) travelers and expatriates with worldwide emergency assistance and evacuation services while abroad. All UT System travelers and expatriates should log their travel itinerary with International SOS prior to trip departure.