• FERS & CSRS Disability Standard Forms and the Proverbial Blank Slate
    The paradigm of a tabula rasa is a frightening one. It implies a complete negation of historical context, of evolutionary influence, and therefore denies instinct, nature, and pre-conditional implications. But clearly there are confines and parameters of behaviors, and different species of animals will act in specific ways peculiar to the individuality of th
  • Disability Retirement from U.S. Federal Agencies: Creatures of Leviathan Proportions
    Leviathan is both a mythological sea creature, as well as the title of a famous book authored by Thomas Hobbes. It represents that uncontrollable entity of gargantuan proportions, unstoppable and thoughtlessly destructive. It takes on many forms, many faces; or none at all. It is an entity of nondescript characteristic, and engulfs countless lives marked by
  • OPM Form SF 3112C and the Sufficiency of the Physician’s Statement
    Confusing necessity and sufficiency is always a precarious matter. That which is necessary may not be sufficient for a given purpose, and failure in understanding such a fundamental distinction can be fatal to a Federal Disability Retirement claim. SF 3112C requires that a physician complete and provide essential medical information in the pursuance of a Fed
  • OPM Disability Application Forms: SF 3112A and the Pathway through the Bureaucracy
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  • End Things & Federal Government Disability Retirement
    The end of summer comes too quickly; the final period of a sentence; the last paragraph of a novel enjoyed with pleasurable ease; the end of an activity once started without regard to the fruition of completion. Then, there is the "other" end of things, as in a positive goal to achieve, or the end result of hard work. In either sense of the word, [
  • Federal Disability Retirement Claims: Mental Health, Stress and First Steps
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  • SF 3112D
    OPM Standard Form 3112D: Agency Certification of Reassignment and Accommodation Efforts: What does it mean to accommodate, and what, pray tell, constitutes an "effort" to do so? Is the agency's obligation to pursue avenues of reassignment or accommodation satisfied by the mere completion of SF 3112D and, if not, does the agency merely pay lip-
  • SF 3112C
    OPM Standard Form 3112C: Physician's Statement: Forms tend to intimidate; the more official the appearance, the greater heightening of anxiety in close encounters of this kind. Beyond the alien look of some forms (for those who have already identified the two references to Steven Spielberg's 1977 Science Fiction film, you have revealed what generat
  • SF 3112B
    OPM Standard Form 3112B: Supervisor's Statement: Were it that managerial approaches were diverse, and that such differences in stylistic methodologies constituted a perfect tailoring of individual personality to a particular job at hand; then, in that event, efficiency would predominate, scandals of long waiting times would disappear, and Federal and Po
  • SF 3112A
    OPM Standard Form 3112A: Applicant's Statement of Disability: The constraint of a standardized form, by its very appearance, is itself a self-evident anomaly of conformity; forms, by the very nature of their format, constrains and delimits the ability to respond. Space is limited, and it is intended to be that way. By mandating the completion of specifi

Federal Disability Retirement benefits for Postal Employees: The OWCP Option versus OPM

The National Reassessment Program’s (NRP) primary option for Postal employees who are not “fully productive” (interpretation:  anyone who cannot perform the full panoply of all of the essential elements of one’s job) is for the Postal employee to file for OWCP benefits.  A letter from the NRP will allegedly state that they have searched for [...]

The OWCP Danger of Complacency for the Ill or Injured Postal Worker

I have had far too many calls by individuals who were complacent with being on OWCP/DOL temporary total disability compensation. The old adage, “Ignorance of the law is not an excuse”, is still generally true. It is the responsibility of the Postal employee to file for USPS Disability retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS in [...]

The Initial USPS Disability Process

Many people get confused when they first consult with an attorney about disability retirement benefits for Postal Workers.  Indeed, before consulting with an attorney, an individual who is faced with a medical condition which (1) is beginning to impact one’s ability to perform one or more of the essential elements of one’s position and (2) [...]