CSRS & FERS Disability Retirement: Decisions during the Process

In making decisions during the process of filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS, it is obviously important to make the “right decision” at each stage of the process.  Thus, for example, if a person files for Federal Disability Retirement, at the first stage it is important to determine which medical conditions to identify and base the application upon; at the Second, Reconsideration Stage, it is important to first identify what substantive concerns which the Office of Personnel Management is proposing (in any given denial of a Federal Disability Retirement case, it is often not that obvious what the OPM Representative is actually stating), and how to go about rebutting and answering the concerns (as opposed to taking a “shotgun approach” and trying to answer each and every concern expressed by the OPM Representative), and further, at the Merit Systems Protection Board, it is vitally important to place all evidence, legal precedents, arguments and objections on the record, so that if the Administrative Judge in the case denies your claim, you have a legal basis to file an appeal.  As always, it is important to see the entire application submission, from beginning to end, as a “process”.

Sincerely,

Robert R. McGill, Esquire

One Response

  1. Mother was employed by USPS for 45 years. Was on OWCP rolls for 30. She recently passed. When first employed, she elected optional insurance above and beyond basic plan automatically offered and paid for by USPS. Was told by OWCP that extra money above health insurance benefits being taken out of monthly check was going to pay for life insurance also. However, because OWCP was not responsible for this benefit, OWCP stated that it would not spercifically show up on benefit statement. Now mom dead, OWCP states that, I the beneficiary, have to contact OPM as to what benefits are available. OPM says none. As long as mom was on OWCP rolls, mom is not even entitled to the basic life insurance plan offered and provied to all USPS employees who have not signed a waiver,let alone any optional insurance plan she may have requested.And because she began work so long ago, nobody can locate her original employee files to see what original request for benefits was. My question, is what are my legal optoins in this regard if any ?

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