42 U.S. Code § 12655n - Federal and State employee status
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(a) In general
Participants and crew leaders shall be responsible to, or be the responsibility of, the program agency administering the program on which such participants, crew leaders, and volunteers work.
(b) Non-Federal employees
(1) In general
Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a participant or crew leader in a program that receives assistance under this division shall not be considered a Federal employee and shall not be subject to the provisions of law relating to Federal employment.
(2) Work-related injury
For purposes of subchapter I of chapter 81 of title 5, relating to the compensation of Federal employees for work injuries, a participant or crew leader serving in a program that receives assistance under this division shall be considered an employee of the United States within the meaning of the term “employee” as defined in section 8101 of title 5 and the provision  of that subchapter shall apply, except—
(A) the term “performance of duty”, as used in such subchapter, shall not include an act of a participant or crew leader while absent from the assigned post of duty of such participant or crew leader, except while participating in an activity authorized by or under the direction and supervision of a program agency (including an activity while on pass or during travel to or from such post of duty); and
(3) Tort claims procedure
For purposes of chapter 171 of title 28, relating to tort claims procedure, a participant or crew leaders assigned to a youth corps program for which a grant has been made to the Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of the Interior, or the Director of ACTION, shall be considered an employee of the United States within the meaning of the term “employee of the government” as defined in section 2671 of such title.
(c) Availability of appropriation
Contract authority under this division shall be subject to the availability of appropriations. Assistance made available under this division shall only be used for activities that are in addition to those which would otherwise be carried out in the area in the absence of such funds.
 So in original. Probably should be “provisions”.
Source(Pub. L. 101–610, title I, § 199M, formerly § 135,Nov. 16, 1990, 104 Stat. 3149; renumbered § 199O, renumbered § 199M,Pub. L. 103–82, title I, § 101(a), (e)(8)(B),Sept. 21, 1993, 107 Stat. 788, 816, as amended Pub. L. 103–304, § 3(b)(1),Aug. 23, 1994, 108 Stat. 1567.)
Section was formerly classified to section 12555 of this title prior to renumbering by Pub. L. 103–82, § 101(a).
1994—Pub. L. 103–304amended directory language of Pub. L. 103–82, § 101(a)(3), which renumbered section 135 ofPub. L. 101–610as section 199O.
Effective Date of 1994 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 103–304effective as of Oct. 1, 1993, see section 3(b)(10)(B) ofPub. L. 103–304, set out as a note under section 4953 of this title.
Transfer of Functions
For transfer of functions of Director of ACTION Agency (including all related functions of any officer or employee of ACTION Agency) to Corporation for National and Community Service, and effective date of such transfer, see section 203(c), (d) ofPub. L. 103–82, set out as a note under section 12651 of this title.