• OPM Disability Retirement Wait Processing Time
    What is the time it takes to process an OPM Disability Retirement application? Most of it depends upon the delays naturally encountered throughout the process itself: the length of time doctors take in compiling the medical information requested; preparation and formulation of one's Federal Disability Retirement forms, including the Statement of Disability; how long the […]
  • Federal Medical Retirement: Pros and Cons
    Federal employees and Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition, where the seriousness of the medical condition begins to impact the ability and capacity to perform one or more of the essential elements of one's job, must take a pragmatic, blunt assessment of one's future -- taking into account all of the factors necessary […]
  • Physical and Mental Conditions in Federal OPM Disability Retirement Claims: Ahead of the Proverbial Curve
    Trends are often characterized by the actions of a few. Whether in cultural expectancies via movie moguls, fashion designers, technology innovators and convention-busters, the known so-called leaders who stay ahead of the proverbial "curve" which maintains the continuum of linear stability in a given society, often dictate the direction of an otherwise directionless future. The […]
  • Federal Disability Retirement Representation: Substance and Process
    In any bureaucratic, lengthy administrative process, one can become embroiled in the procedural aspects of an endeavor, and overlook the substantive elements which form the foundation of any case. Conversely, one can make the mistake of approaching a case and declare to one's self, "This is so obviously a good case," and take shortcuts in […]
  • Beginning the Federal Disability Retirement Process
    The Chinese proverb, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step", is meant to remind us that looking at a process in its entirety can result in self-defeat even before starting, and every daunting journey must begin with the small, almost insignificant, effort of initiation. Facing a bureaucracy and an administrative process […]
  • Federal Disability Benefits: Agency Input
    Whether, and to what extent, Federal agencies will support a Federal Medical Retirement, goes to the ultimate issues of sufficiency, necessity and relevancy. Sufficiency is satisfied by the minimal act of completing the two primary standard forms which the agency is responsible for: SF 3112B (the Supervisor's Statement) and SF 3112D (Agency Certification of Reassignment […]
  • OPM Medical Retirement: Holding on
    The sense of belonging -- of the attraction of the communal hearth -- is a powerful draw, and prevents many from traveling too far from the proverbial oak tree. The inherent contradiction, for Americans, is the paradigm of the rugged individual, and the concomitant idea that this country was and is different precisely because of […]
  • Federal Disability Retirement: The Inescapable Bureaucracy
    The gargantuan of Leviathans is the Federal entity with a bureaucracy so expansive that identities of Federal employees are not merely never recognized, but to a great extent, irrelevant. Certain agencies fall into that category: The Department of Defense; The Department of Homeland Security; the Department of Veterans Affairs; The Department of Agriculture, with all […]
  • Attorney Representation in Federal Disability Claims: Directions
    The crude form of the proverbial image formulated is: Up the creek without a paddle, but normally with an epithet inserted. It portrays a vivid scene of being in a symbolic state, directionless and without a means of guiding or maneuvering. One is thus subject to the winds of time, the vicissitudes of circumstances beyond […]
  • OPM Disability Retirement Lawyer: Loss of Identity
    It is often the fear of losing one's identity which prevents one from moving forward and doing what one must, what one should, and what one needs to do in life. For some, it may involve the complexity of human interaction and involvement with people; for others, a sense of accomplishment and goal-oriented tasks; but […]

FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement for the U.S. Postal Service Employee – The Needed Proof

Postal employees often feel that they are second-class citizens – both in terms of their status and stature as a “Federal employee” who is under either the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or (for those lucky ones who are quickly diminishing in numbers but who were able to enter the Federal workforce prior to the [...]

OWCP, the Postal Service and the National Reassessment Program

For many years, being on Worker’s Comp when injured while working for the Postal Service, worked fairly well. The Postal Service, in conjunction with, and in coordination, would offer an acceptable “light duty position”, delineating the physical restrictions and medical limitations based upon the treating doctor’s clinical assessment, or in accordance with the OWCP-appointed [...]