To characterize the filing of a Federal Disability Retirement application under FERS or CSRS, from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, in terms of the percentage chances of “winning” is a natural occurrence. While not strictly or metaphorically similar to a sports event, or a duel or challenge between two opponents, nevertheless, to obtain an approval is considered a “win” and to be denied throughout the entire administrative process is considered a “loss”.
Thus, attorneys also view their careers in such terms — of placing each case either in the “win” column, or its only polar opposite, the “loss” column. This is a competitive society; one in which most things are characterized in such a way, and to bemoan the reality of viewing it that way would be a waste of energy, time and focus.
To win, then, is the ultimate goal (obviously), and therefore one must attempt to quantitatively increase one’s chances that the Federal or Postal employee will “win” a Federal Disability Retirement application under FERS or CSRS. Yet, the approach and methodology of too many Federal and Postal employees who prepare, formulate and compile his or her OPM Disability Retirement application, reflects the very opposite approach. To “win”, as in every other competitive arena of life, requires preparation, planning and purposeful strategies.
For a Federal Disability Retirement application, it requires proper and effective medical documentation; a narrative stated in “connecting the dots“; and a readiness to reply to the legal challenges which are likely to be forthcoming. If the Federal or Postal employee is going to characterize a OPM Disability Retirement application in terms of being a competitive activity, then it needs to be approached as such.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire