Americans are often looked upon as short-sighted. Lacking historical longevity, both in terms of an enduring civilization as well as culture, the economic, mercantile (some would say ‘mercenary’), materialistic approach of the American Way lends itself to criticism for the emphasized focus upon short-term gain and profit.
For those questioning whether or not a Federal Disability Retirement annuity, in comparison with compensation received or being received through the Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (FECA), would be beneficial, may be suffering from the American-Way syndrome — of viewing the higher pay alone and in a vacuum, without considering the superior benefits of the longer view of life.
Indeed, under an annuity from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Federal Disability Retirement benefits, whether under FERS or CSRS, one may continue to receive the Federal Disability Retirement annuity, and yet work and receive income on top of the Federal Disability Retirement annuity, up to 80% of what one’s former Federal or Postal job currently pays. Under OWCP, of course, one cannot work while receiving temporary total disability payments.
Further, it is important to understand that the time that one is on Federal Disability Retirement counts towards the total number of years of Federal service, so that when it converts to regular retirement at age 62, all those years on Federal Disability Retirement are counted.
Short term sale or long term goals and benefits?
Whether lacking in culture, history or an enduring civilization, it is always beneficial to review the present, in order to plan for the future. Short sales often sell one short, and that is something which the Federal and Postal employee must take into account in preparing, formulating, and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits from OPM, whether under FERS or CSRS.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire
Filed under: OPM Disability & OWCP Workers Comp Filings | Tagged: advantages of fers disability retirement, benefits calculation should include not only years in disability but also in regular retirement after 62, confusion between opm disability and feca owcp benefits, CSRS disability retirement, differences and similarities between federal disability and feca, disability retirement versus owcp compensation, feca-owcp is not a permanent safety net, federal and usps employees already have a little-known long term disability insurance, Federal Disability, federal disability law blog, federal disability retirement, federal employees with long term illnesses, FERS disability retirement, getting approved concurrently for owcp/feca and fers disability retirement, if keeping workers comp makes sense in the long term, long term disibility us postal service, long term workers comp and federal disability retirement, looking at the long term when getting disability retirement, OPM disability retirement, opm disability versus workers comp, owcp disability retirement, owcp federal benefits is not a permanent retirement system, owcp vs. fers disability, Postal disability, postal employee needs help with workers comp, recalculation age 62, representing federal employees from any us government agency, short term disability for federal employees -- owcp versus medical retirement, switching from workers comp owcp to opm disability retirement, the insurance advantage in opm disability retirement, the little known benefits of filing for fers disability retirement versus workers comp, understanding differences between workers comp and opm disability, USPS disability retirement, what to do when the postal service denies owcp benefits, what's the difference between opm disability and workers comp?, Workers Comp is a temporary disability program, workers comp vs. federal medical retirement | Leave a Comment »