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Latest Blogs:
  Medical Retirement Benefits for US Government Employees: The Flux
07/28/2014 by Federal Lawyer
Life must of necessity involve change; otherwise, the definition of its corollary occurs, or at a minimum, a deadened spirit. But the tripartite self-contradiction of life, death, and the security of habituated changelessness entraps us all: In youth, the excitement of constant flux energizes; in later life, the unwelcome changes and interruption of daily routine leads to turmoil [...]
  OPM Disability Retirement: Concealment through Repetition
07/26/2014 by Federal Lawyer
It is often through mindless repetition that concealment of truth can be accomplished, and with insidious efficiency. For, repetition of tasks; redundancy of toil; convenience of engagement in life's duties and obligations without thoughtful input; these can all be performed in monotonous automation without the participation of the one true essence of human uniqueness [...]
  Disability Retirement from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management: Concurrent Actions
07/25/2014 by Federal Lawyer
Idioms often convey an underlying truth recognized and identified by a specific culture or population; they are statements from an experiential aggregation of similitude, based upon a shared set of values. The phrase, "When it rains, it pours", is easily a recognizable idiom; that when things go wrong, multiple wrong things tend to occur altogether, all at once. [...]
  Identifying the Right Bridge to Reach Your Destination: Federal Employee Disability Retirement
07/24/2014 by Federal Lawyer
When considering filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits through the Office of Personnel Management, whether one is under FERS or CSRS, the natural inclination is to ask the seemingly primary question of: Does health condition-X qualify as a disability? [...]
  Federal Employee Medical Retirement: A Wrong Sense of Shame
07/23/2014 by Federal Lawyer
Having a sense of shame can reveal a heightened level of moral superiority; but as with all things emanating from the Good, those who lack a sensitivity to propriety will take full advantage of a misguided loyalty to ethical conduct. Work and a duty to one's vocation is a guiding principle for most Federal and Postal employees.
  The Ritualistic Void Found in Postal and Federal Employees Who Continue Working in Jobs That Further Deteriorate Their Health
07/22/2014 by Federal Lawyer
It is precisely the repetitive identity which provides for comfort. Thinking is an endeavor which requires effort; ritualistic actions require merely attendance and presence, and the mechanical motions of responding. When the mind becomes bifurcated from the task at hand, [...]
  FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management: Catch of the Day
07/21/2014 by Federal Lawyer
Restaurants announce it; law enforcement offices declare it; con artists make a living by it; and agencies sneeringly pounce upon them. They are the designated focus for the day, often longer, and sometimes until they disappear from the depths [...]

 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The following are some "Frequently Asked Questions". Most of these questions are answered in greater detail in my articles, which you may read in the section entitled Articles. However, below are some questions and answers for your convenience:

    What is "Federal or OPM Disability Retirement"?
Federal disability retirement is a benefit accorded to all Federal and Postal Employees under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). For CSRS employees, you must have a minimum of five (5) years of service. For FERS employees, you must have a minimum of 18 months of service.
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    Who approves my disability retirement?
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), a Federal Agency, approves or disapproves all disability retirement applications.
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    What is the difference between Social Security Disability and
    Disability Retirement?
The main difference is that the criteria to obtain Social Security Disability is much higher -- that of "total disability". To obtain disability retirement under CSRS or FERS, you must merely be disabled from performing one or more of the essential elements of your particular kind of job.
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    Must I file for Social Security if I apply for disability retirement?
CSRS employees need not file for Social Security. If you are under FERS, you must file for Social Security disability during the application process. In recent months, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has indicated that Social Security may be filed after a person's disability retirement application has been approved, and the individual has been separated from service.
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    Must I be totally disabled in order to file for disability retirement?
No. You only need to be disabled from performing one or more of the essential elements of your particular kind of job.
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    Must my disability be caused by my job?
No. Unlike Workers Compensation cases, where the issue often involves whether or not your job caused your injury or disease, or whether it occurred on the job, disability retirement has no requirement of being "job-related".
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    Can I work even if I am approved for disability retirement?
An individual is allowed to collect disability retirement, and work at a different job and earn up to 80% of what his or her former position pays currently. Thus, by way of example, an individual who was making $50,000.00 per year, could go out and get a job making $40,000.00 per year, as well as continue to collect his or her disability annuity.
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    When should I file for Disability Retirement?
Because the disability retirement application process takes a considerable amount of time (average length, about 6 - 8 months), an employee should file as soon as he or she knows that the disability will last for at least 1 year. If you have been terminated or separated from Federal Service, you have only up to 1 year to file for disability retirement. If you fail to file within that 1 year, you lose your right to disability retirement forever. So, to recap: You have 1 year to file from the time you are separated from service, and your disability must last for at least 1 year.
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    Can I continue to work while waiting for OPM to approve my case?
Yes. Most people, because of financial considerations, must continue to work. If the Agency has light duty, or if the individual can do some, but not all, of the essential elements of the job, then continuation in the job is a viable option.
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