• Federal Employee Medical Retirement System: Smiley, Ace of Hides
    Similarity of consonant alliteration can evoke and prompt collateral thoughts and memories; likewise, phrases which sound somewhat familiar, yet distinctively remain apart. Historically, spies were the masters of subterfuge, of appearing as that which they are not. Then, of course, there is the complexity of the "double agent", where the appearance is twofold in concealment: […]
  • Federal Disability Retirement under FERS & CSRS: Reduction and Emergence
    The fear in most instances is that the latter will not follow upon the former; that the state of diminution will become permanent, and the potentiality promised by a subsequent stage of linear progression will instead reflect a downward spiral or, worse, remain in a state of stagnant immobility. And, indeed, neither in physics nor […]
  • Federal Employees Disability Retirement Systems: The Quarantined Mind
    From early childhood, the necessity of imposing constraints and conformity produces the positive effect of a well-ordered society. But corollary and unforeseen consequences often occur, as in the quashing of creativity and mindsets which step outside of the proverbial "box". The problem with people talking about thinking "outside of the box" is that such a […]
  • Federal Employee Disability Retirement: Self-predication
    Some people are uncomfortable in doing it; others relish the repetitive self-reference, enjoying the first-person attribution and the incessant pronouncement of the personal pronoun, the centrality of dramatic characterization every time the "I" is inserted; throughout, everyone recognizes that the identification of the "I" can never be fully expunged despite a heightened level of modesty […]
  • Federal Disability Retirement: Comparative Living
    We all engage in it; it is the genre of modernity by which one values and estimates. With the shrinking world through sharing of information in this technological age, the greater minds have proposed that poverty can be erased and world hunger can be eradicated. But in the reality of the microcosmic world of daily […]
  • OPM Medical Retirement: Living “As If”
    We all engage in it; it is a pastime, of sorts, which is enjoyed by the multitude, and reveals the imaginative capacity of the human animal, but with lingering questions concerning the evolutionary viability and purpose as to the utility of the need. James Thurber's "Walter Mitty" (the full title of the short story, which […]
  • Federal Employee Disability Retirement: Things That Just Happen
    Rarely do things "just happen"; that is why most of us believe in a purposive, teleological universe, and seek reasons and rational foundations in origins, contexts and logical consistency. Whether that is how the human mind is structured, and for evolutionary advantage gained for survivability, conferring dominance and favorability weighted towards those who seek explanation […]
  • Federal Disability Retirement: Value & Worth
    The two are often intertwined; what is of value is considered something of worth, and that which has an ascribed worth, is viewed as a thing of value. If an objective, marketplace standard is applied, then the value of X may be disconnected from the worth of X; for, while X may retain little or […]
  • Federal Employee Disability Retirement: Explanation & Intelligibility
    The goal of an explanation is to achieve greater intelligibility; otherwise, if the latter is not achieved, the former loses its purpose. If the explanation fails to provide a basis for the goal, it would then undermine its own rational foundation. Law often loses sight of this simple principle, and feeds upon itself to justify […]
  • Federal & Postal Disability Retirement: The Blank Canvas
    For a painter, it is either the sight of uncontrollable delight, or a subtle sense of foreboding into depths of despondency; for the blank canvas represents two sides of a single coin: an opportunity to do what one can, or the beginning of that which may be rejected by an unappreciative public eye. But that […]

OPM Disability Retirement Application Forms

Although the USPS Disability Retirement blog was created with U.S. Postal Workers in mind,  taking into account their unique needs and situations, Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS & CSRS really applies to all Federal Workers.  Here we have a few more links to literature that Attorney Robert R. McGill has written for the main blog,  the Federal Disability Retirement blog at WordPress.com, and its original blog, the Federal Disability Retirement blog at Lawyers.com.

  • OPM Disability Application .-  General blogs about the application.  These blogs are not so much about what to say in the form,  but rather about some general considerations, decisions,  and documents the applicant should consider gathering before filing for disability.
  • SF 3112 Disability Retirement Application Package.-  The whole enchilada together.
  • SF 3112A Applicant’s Statement of Disability for CSRS and FERS.-  One of the most important documents that the applicant will have to deal with.  It’s an absolute “must” to think well about what to say here,  because some mistakes you may mention here will never be able to be corrected,  not even by an experienced attorney in OPM Disability Law.  This is probably the reason why attorney McGill has spent the most time writing blogs and articles about this particular form.
  • SF 3112B Supervisor’s Statement for CSRS and FERS.-  One of the “headaches”  or “stress” forms.  We’ll let you figure out why when you read them.  No reason to panic though.
  • SF 3112C Physician’s Statement for CSRS and FERS.  If you pay close attention to these short articles,  you’ll figure out that this is also an extremely important document,  one that can be replaced by a detailed medical narrative.  In any case, the doctor will have to state both medical facts (which he or she will know very well) and some legal statutory requirements (which he or she will most likely be clueless about).
  • SF 3112D Agency Certification of Reassignment and Accommodation Efforts for CSRS and FERS.  This is the form where the Postal Service or the Federal Agency will most likely say that,  sure,  they tried to accommodate you so much and that you were never happy no matter how hard they tried to please you.  Sometimes, however, the agency will admit that you were not accommodated at the end.