Time is of the essence in almost everything we do. There are timed deadlines for filing a Federal Disability Retirement application; a great amount of time is taken in the bureaucratic processing of the application; greater time is taken by the Office of Personnel Management in reviewing, analyzing and deciding upon a Federal Disability Retirement application; appeals to the Merit Systems Protection Board require time within which one must prepare a viable case before an administrative judge, etc. Time is a presence in every aspect of our lives. But within that framework, a comparative analysis of time should always be taken into consideration. To “rush” the preparation of a disability retirement packet is often penny wise but pound foolish; care and patience should always be taken, both in the writing, preparation and filing of anything to be submitted to a Federal bureaucracy; the Office of Personnel Management is no different. Rushing something in order to “save time” is often counterproductive. To take the time to prepare an excellent disability retirement packet will actually save time in the long run.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire