For those waiting for their Federal Disability Retirement application under FERS or CSRS, pending before the Office of Personnel Management, the wait seems to be getting longer and longer. Whether at the initial stage of the application process, or at the Reconsideration Stage, OPM is taking longer to make a decision on a pending application. Everyone, of course, wants his or her application to be the next in line; and, indeed, it is all the more frustrating when an applicant is told that a decision will be made “within the next 2 weeks”, and after the 2-week period comes and passes, still no decision.
What makes it worse is that, even after an approval, there seems to be longer delays in processing the approved application before payment is received. Further, even after the “interim” payments begin, there appears to be a longer wait before a case is “finalized” for payment processing. Each period of delay results in a ripple-effect throughout the system as a whole, and indeed, in these economic times of hardship, it places an even greater burden upon those who need the financial benefit most — those who are disabled, and who rely upon the benefit of disability retirement payments for their very livelihood.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire