The process for verifying information is a procedural matter which is applied with a systematic methodology. Verification is essentially a comparative analysis — comparing what is said in one sector of information, with claims made in another. Consistency of information and claims is therefore what is crucial. This general overview is applicable in nearly all areas — of law, of marketing, of scholarly endeavors, etc.
In preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether under FERS or CSRS, it is important to maintain a consistency of claims and assertions. Thus, there should be a logical and sequential order in the approach of putting together a Federal Disability Retirement application. What is so surprising is how many Federal and Postal employees filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits will prepare and submit an Applicant’s Statement of Disability independent of a written medical report from one’s treating doctor.
Assumptions and presumptions should be avoided at all costs (yes, and the cost of assuming or presuming can be high, indeed, with the consequence of a denial from OPM). Of course, consistency and verification of information is applicable not only in the preparation of a Federal Disability Retirement application — the same methodology of verification should be applied as to claims by those who represent Federal and Postal employees.
There is a lot of information “out there”, but whether and to what extent such information is accurate, useable, or even relevant, is a question to be asked and answered by the Federal or Postal employee preparing a Federal Disability Retirement application.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire