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  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 [...]
  OPM Disability Retirement: Further Reflections on Accommodations
07/19/2014 by Federal Lawyer
Because the term "accommodations" is rarely understood in its technical and legal sense, there is often the danger of a Federal or Postal employee who is filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS to "shoot one's self in the foot" in the very use of the [...]
  Paradigm Shifts and the Federal Employee Disability Retirement System, an Option That Was Always There
07/18/2014 by Federal Lawyer
Paradigms are meant to shift. A non-shifting paradigm means that there is an inherent and entrenched belief system which refuses to accommodate changes. Certain principles can retain such intractable resistance; deeply-held systems based upon historical convention, customs and cultural foundations should never [...]
  Medical Retirement for Federal Employees: The Sound of Tired
07/17/2014 by Federal Lawyer
Sounds have a distinctive revelatory characteristic; but because ours is primarily a visually-centered society, the other senses are less relied upon, and therefore only secondarily validated in our everyday considerations. One can see the limping woman; [...]

 

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Approval of Disability by the Social Security Administration
Legal Analysis of Non-Statutory Laws


Approval of Disability by the Social Security Administration: In Trevan v. Office of Personnel Management, 69 F.3d 520, 526-27 (Fed. Cir. 1995), the Federal Circuit Court found that in making a determination of eligibility for disability retirement under FERS, the Board must consider an award of SSA disability benefits together with medical evidence provided by the appellant to OPM, and other evidence of disability. This is because the Federal Circuit Court wanted a consistency of determinations concerning disabilities, by all governmental agencies and departments. Social Security obviously has a stricter standard, and requires that an applicant be "totally disabled" in order to award benefits. I have effectively argued that similar determinations by other governmental agencies (such as the Veterans Administration) should also be required to be considered by the Office of Personnel Management.




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