That is the height of frustration — of assembling something, perhaps a mechanical device, a complex toy for a child (or for the adult, for that matter), or going through a computer downloading process, etc. — and realizing that there is a “missing piece”. Even in reading a book on a technical subject matter; of realizing that the author is assuming that the reader already knows about a concept being discussed, a historical event being referred to.
What did we all do before the capacity to “google” a subject? Is that why rote memorization is no longer required — because we can all whip out our Smartphones and instantly become an expert on any subject by regurgitating upon the subject-matter description as provided by the internet?
There may be many reasons given for the denial, but it is often a single missing piece of the puzzle which would have persuaded and convinced OPM to approve the case. It would have been better, of course, to have anticipated the “missing piece” and to have preemptively made the proper argumentation in the original submission of the Federal Disability Retirement application.
Whatever the case may be, it is important to have a disability attorney recognize and identify, then to “fill in” the missing piece in preparing, formulating and filing an effective Federal Disability Retirement application under FERS, or in rebutting an OPM Denial, whether for the Reconsideration Stage or even for the MSPB appeal.
Robert R. McGill
Lawyer exclusively representing Federal and Postal employees to secure their Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.