Happy New Year 2016

Time seems to whiz by.  Whether as lightspeed through hyperspace (for those Star Wars fans) or Warp Drive (faster-than-light/FTL) propulsion (Star Trek fans), 2016 is already upon us.  During the remaining Holiday Season, take some time with family, friends and loved ones, and forget for a time the troubles brewing in the world around.

Have a Happy New Year, and safe trips and secure returns for the dawn of 2016.

Sincerely, Robert R. McGill, Esquire

Federal Government Disability Retirement: Another Year Passing

Because the administrative process of preparing, formulating, and filing — then waiting for a decision — a Federal Disability Retirement application with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether under FERS or CSRS, can take several months for the Initial Stage of the bureaucratic procedure alone, it is important to plan ahead for the future.  

New Year’s eve, for Federal and Postal employees contemplating filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits, is merely a reminder that another year has passed.  For those waiting for a decision from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, it is another indicator of the frustrating wait which the potential Federal or Postal annuitant has been through, is going through, and must still endure.  And this is only for the “First Stage” of the process.  

The waiting time is extended if the Federal Disability Retirement application is denied at the First Stage, and must be appealed to the Second Stage of the process, or what is identified as the Reconsideration Stage of the process.  Then, of course, if it is denied by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management at the Second Stage, one has a right to appeal the case to the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.  

Waiting is a necessary part of the administrative, bureaucratic process of filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits.  Filing soon after one has recognized that one’s medical condition prevents one from performing one or more of the essential elements of one’s job, is the only “cure” for the long wait. As with everything else, it is better to get in ahead of the line, and have someone help you with the process.

Sincerely,

Robert R. McGill, Esquire

Happy New Year

For Federal and Postal workers under either FERS or CSRS who are contemplating preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits, and for all those who are awaiting an approval for a pending application before the Office of Personnel Management — may you have a safe and Happy New Year for 2012. For those who have already obtained a Federal Disability Retirement — may the coming year find your medical conditions bearable, and hope that you may recover sufficiently in order to find the economy in stable shape so you may find other employment, and perhaps make up to 80% of what your former Federal or Postal position pays, while keeping your OPM Disability benefits. Have a Happy New Year.
Sincerely, Robert R. McGill, Esquire

CSRS & FERS Medical Disability Retirement: Happy New Year

For many people, celebrating the “New Year” often encapsulates a parallel time of reflection, of resolutions for change and improvement, etc.  For Federal and Postal employees who are contemplating filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS, this is a good time to take a personal inventory of one’s future goals, assessing the viability of continuation in one’s position as a Federal or Postal employee, and seeking clarity for future plans and career goals. 

Federal Disability Retirement is simply an option to be considered, if one is finding that one’s medical conditions — whether physical, psychiatric, or a combination of both which exacerbate and feed onto each other — are impacting one or more of the essential elements of one’s positional duties.  Whether in a sedentary administrative, cognitive-intensive position, or mostly a physically demanding job, or even a combination of both, if a Federal or Postal employee is finding that continuation with the essential elements of one’s job is becoming an impossibility, then Federal Disability Retirement is certainly an option to be considered

Celebrating the “New Year” should always include taking an inventory for the future.  For Federal and Postal employees under either FERS or CSRS, considering the option of formulating, preparing, and filing a Federal Disability Retirement application should be part of that equation.

Sincerely,

Robert R. McGill, Esquire

A Happy New Year

May all Federal and Postal employees, past, present and future, have a very Happy and prosperous New Year. For those contemplating filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits, this is a good time for planning, reflection, and preparation for the future.

Sincerely, Robert R. McGill, Esquire