What follows is a list of publicly available manuals, instructions, regulations, laws and policies applicable to overseas Americans who go missing while working under contract for US government agencies. If links go bad, use a search engine like google to find updated information about the publication you seek.
Legal Reference Material
The laws that govern missing persons, hostage affairs, etc.
National Security Act of 1947
Establishes intelligence community support for missing persons. See Section 117 POW/MIA Analytic Capability. Also see 50 USC § 404L: United States Code, Title 50 - War and National Defense, Chapter 15 - National Security, Subchapter I - Coordination for National Security, 404L - POW Analytic Capability. The National Security Act of 1947 was last amended in 2007 by Public Law 110-53.
U.S. Code Title 10 § 1513
Legal definition of a missing person. United States Code, Title 10 - Armed Forces, Subtitle A - General Military Law, Part II - Personnel, Chapter 76 - Missing Persons.
Missing Persons Act
10 USC § 1501 - 1513 (A) policy, control, and oversight within the Department of Defense of the entire process for investigation and recovery related to missing persons (including matters related to search, rescue, escape, and evasion); and (B) coordination for the Department of Defense with other departments and agencies of the United States on all matters concerning missing persons.
Presumed Death under the Missing Persons Act
States laws govern how presumption of death is determined for a missing person. This is a critical phase in getting benefits in a prompt manner to surviving family members. Sample law for Rhode Island.
Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel (DPMO)
Provides policy oversight for the mission to recover captured, missing, or isolated personnel, usually military.
Workers Compensation for Overseas Workers
Information on the survivors benefits, including eligibility, etc. Benefits are administered by the Department of Labor.
LHWCA forms the basis for workers compensation for overseas workers.
Defense Base Act (DBA) also known as 42 USC § 1651
Article on the application of FAR 52.228-3 and FAR 52.228-4 contract clauses.
War Hazards Compensation Act (WHCA) also known as 42 USC § 1701
Coverage under WHCA is automatically extended to anyone who has DBA. Benefits are payable if a casualty is the result of hostile force(s).
Regulations under WHCA - Employees Benefits
Title 20 Part 61- Claims for Compensation under the War Hazards Compensation Act, as Amended
Federal Employee Compensation Act (FECA)
WHCA benefits are paid directly from the FECA fund
Regulations under FECA
Title 20 Part 10 - Claims for Compensation under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act, as Amended
Dept of Labor DBA LHWCA page
Dept of Labor Compliance Page - FECA WHCA
Reports, Policies, and Manuals
General information and resources.
From the US Department of State:
Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM)
3 FAM 4100 Foreign Affairs Manual
US State Department Employee Responsibility and Conduct
Including 'Guidelines for Personnel Taken Hostage'
7 FAM 000 Foreign Affairs Manual
Consular Protection of US Nationals Abroad
From the US Department of Defense:
Defense Contingency Contracting Handbook
DA PAM 715–16
Contractor Deployment Guide. Procedures for contractor operations within the Department of the Army. Chapters 10 & 11 cover a variety of issues for hostages, including identification, aid, rights, etc. Department of the Army, February 27, 1998
Contractors Accompanying the Force, November 29, 1999
Field Manual FM 3-100.21 (formerly FM 100-10-2)
Contractors on the Battlefield, Department of the Army, January 3, 2003. General overview of responsibilities includes brief passages and references on Personnel Recovery, Next of Kin Notification, etc.
Army Publishing Directorate
Everything you ever wanted to read in PDF format from the US Army but can't get access to without a password and login. Great way to double check titles and numbers. Also see:
Department of the Army Official Publishing sitesStandard Forms and Casualty Reporting
Lists other websites to find publications - alas, some with secure logins
Army Knowledge Online (AKO)
All Departmental Publications and Forms, including distribution-restricted Items
Army Home Page (AHP)
All Unrestricted Departmental Publications and Forms
U.S. Army Publishing Directorate (APD)
Administrative Departmental Publications and Forms (ARs, CIRs, PAMs, OFs, SFs, DD and DA Forms)
U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) Logistics Support Activity
Technical and Equipment Publications(TMs, TBs and SCs)
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
Training and Doctrinal Publications (FMs, PBs, TCs and STPs)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Training & Doctrinal, Technical & Equipment Publications with Engineering & Design Criteria (TMs and FMs)
The Surgeon General/Medical Command
Training & Doctrinal, Technical & Equipment Publications with Medical Content (TMs, FMs, and SB 8-75 Series Publications)
Department of Defense Forms
Just what it sounds like. Standard forms galore. See DD Form 1833 Isolated Personnel Report (ISOPREP)
Everything starts with a standardized form for information.
Significant Activity reports are typically the very first incident report generated in the field.
Synchronized Predeployment and Operational Tracker (SPOT). Registration for contractors working overseas.
Defense Casualty Information Processing System. Electronic reporting system used to report and track casualties.
Armed Forces Casualty Assistance Readiness Enhancement System, March 2007. Electronic system for tracking the progress of a casualty through the system. General order of flow: Initial Contact - Initial Visit - Interment - Disposition of Benefits - Disposition of Personal Effects - Disposition of Investigative Reports - Case After Action Report
Report of the Death of an American Citizen Abroad
AI Part 52.2 01 (DOC)
Basic form to provide to the Contracting Officer for reporting a hostage. See Part 52, page 31, Hostage Reporting instruction, Joint Contracting Command, May 2007
AR 15-6 (PDF)
Commanders responsibilities in initiating an investigation of a casualty. Procedures for Investigating Officers and Boards of Officers, Department of the Army, October 2, 2006
AR 600-8-1 Army Casualty Program
Chapter 13 - Procedures for Casualties Involving Missing Persons (Non-Hostile and Hostile)
Legal Guide for Commanders including authority for an AR-15 investigation
DODI 1300.18 Casualty Matters, Policies
Personnel Casualty Matters, Policies, and Procedures
Mortuary Affairs, November 21, 2003 Disposition of remains, personal effects, etc.
General policy for Personnel Recovery, Department of Defense, December 22, 2000
Repatriation of Prisoners of War, Hostages, Peacetime Government Detainees and Other Missing or Isolated Personnel
DODI 2310.05 Missing Persons
Accounting for Missing Persons – Boards of Inquiry, Department of Defense, March 14, 2008
Responsibility for disposition of human remains. Accounting for Personnel Lost in Past Conflicts – The Armed Forces Identification Review Board (AFIRB), March 14, 2008
Annual Reports of Missing Persons
Military Casualty and Loss
DOS Country Reports on Terrorism
Annual reports on terrorism incidents (includes kidnappings) of American citizens, listed by year since 2000. Country Reports on Terrorism, US Department of State
NCTC Reports on Terrorism
Annual reports of incidents. National Counterterrorism Center