• Federal Employee Disability Retirement (FERS & CSRS): Computational Intentionality
    Presumptuous intentionality will lead to an assumption which ultimately undermines one's own argument; and in every endeavor, a computational approach based upon a general algorithm of life's experiences will often leave out key factors and essential elements. The problem with one's own medical condition is that the person who experiences it is one and the […]
  • OPM Medical Retirement: Graven Images and Craven Homages
    One concerns religious restrictions; the other, human tendencies emanating from deeply rooted psychological fears. Both constitute acts which reflect a trepidation of purpose, and an anthropological study of human frailty. The Commandment against graven images protects one to respect the sanctity of a singular teleological focus; homage by craven impulse, on the other hand, reveals […]
  • OPM Medical Retirement: The Categorical Imperative
    It is, of course, the foundation of Kant's moral philosophy; of the unconditional call to act in a certain way, accepted and mandated precisely because there is no room for question. But that life were so easy; automatons would simply act in mechanistic ways, driven by moral certitude; free will could be determined by the […]
  • OPM Disability Retirement: Etymology versus Entomology
    The difference in spelling involves more than a single letter; but in using the words in a sentence, the subtle distinction of a single consonant makes for all the relevance in the world. One refers to the very history and evolution of words, their meaning and usage; the other is a branch of a larger […]
  • Federal and Postal Medical Retirement: Kaleidoscopic Clash
    The watchful eye of the human animal is quite different from that of other species; for the human interaction and interpersonal encounters bring together the complexity of past histories and memories; of present foibles as uniquely colored by one's past; and always of projected future concerns and anxieties. It is this admixture of kaleidoscopic clashes, […]
  • FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement: Life’s Alterations
    Spring comes and we clean out old hoardings, discard past articles once thought to be valuable and inseparable from our identity; or perhaps what pop culture has deemed a justifying course of decision-making because there is an inevitable "mid-life crisis", or some other equally biologically-driven, primordial determinism which compels one to act in one way, […]
  • Federal & Postal Medical Retirement: Life’s Scarring
    It builds through repetition of wounding, or because it is deep, jagged, or otherwise unable to repair through normal processes of cellular regeneration. It remains a mark of a person; over time, fading through exposure to sunlight, disappearance of discoloration, and the slow erasure of the damage done through the healing process of the linear […]
  • OPM Disability Benefits for Federal and Postal Workers: Clarity of Purpose
    Most of life's events are characterized by coincidental stumbling; of chance meetings, of happening upon something that one is good at; or of taking on a job thinking that a couple of years of steady employment will allow for time while one tries to "find your direction", as if compasses determined by magnetic fields will […]
  • Federal & Postal Disability Retirement: It’s a Dog’s Life
    Animals are entities we encounter as subjects in a world of objects, but with whom we can have relationships and interactions beyond mere utility; the affection of a dog or similar pet, their importance in one's life -- these are beyond measurable quantification of significance. But there is a difference in the "other" species; of […]
  • OPM Disability Benefits: The Eyes Which Betray the Laughter
    Plato noted the significance of the eyes; as windows of the soul, they reveal the depth of emotion, character, empathy, interest, boredom, meanness, etc.; and just as true, the lack thereof. Laughter provides the concordance of mirth to context; cacophony occurs when the harmony between the two somehow fails to connect. The pinnacle of sadness […]

To Resign or Not To Resign From the US Postal Service

I am often asked whether or not it is okay to resign from the Post Office prior to either (1) filing for disability retirement or (2) receiving a decision from the Office of Personnel Management. A decision to resign from the Agency must be weighed very carefully, for there are multiple factors which must […]

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 […]