The importance of understanding that filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether under FERS or CSRS, as a “process”, is critical in reaching the mental preparedness necessary to endure the potentiality of the lengthy encounter.
The analogy of the approach should be likened to the difference between WWI and WWII — of trench warfare as opposed to a blitzkrieg. It is the former which must be prepared for, and not the latter.
For, at each step of the way — from waiting for the proper medical reports to be prepared by the treating doctors, to formulating the narrative of one’s statement of disability; to waiting for the agency to complete the processing of their potion (i.e., the Supervisor’s Statement and the Agency’s Certification of Reassignment and Accommodation efforts); to the intake processing unit of OPM at Boyers, PA, then down to Washington D.C. where assignment of the case will take some time; to final assignment of the case, and potential routing for review by a contract doctor — this is all merely at the First Stage of the process.
If it is denied at the First Stage, then one must fight the process through the Reconsideration Stage, and possibly beyond.
Thus is the mental preparation at the outset required in order to survive the multiplicity of bumps and turns within the process itself. It is best to know the trials in order to survive the process, and to prepare for it as best one can.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire