OPM Disability Retirement: OWCP, EEOC, Grievances & the Comfort Zone

Isidor meza Jr On March 14, 2012, I will receive my first Social security check. About Nov. 2011, I applied for Social Security early retirement. I turned 62 on Feb. 2, 2012. I have been on disability civil service retirement since 2004. I received information from the social security informing me that I would receive only $226.00 per month. I was very disappointed with that amount because I had been recieving social security statements annually. It read that I would received approximately $509.00 per month when I retire at age 62. Today, I was informed that since I was receiving civil service retirement I would be penalized and/or received an offset in payment. I shouild have received approx. $600.00. I… Read More …

FERS Disability Retirement & SSA Awards

…this time I had to buy back 3 years. I was not given this when I retired last year. So when I am 62 my SSD award turns into regular Social Security since I will retire out early, will I ever see this 3 years that I paid back or not? donna SSD IS $1900 a month FERS disability retirement is #3100 a month how much would i lose. Sharon My husband retired under the FERS program in April 2008 due to a medical disability that left him unable to do his assigned duties. He origianlly got in his FERS check 1.610.00 per month. He retired out in April 2009 and in October 2009 he was approved for his SSDI… Read More …

OPM Disability Retirement: Social Security Disability

Under the rules concerning FERS disability retirement applications, one must file for Social Security Disability. As most people already know, there is an interaction/offset between Social Security Disability benefits and FERS disability benefits, if both are approved (100% offset in the first year of annuity, 60% offset every year thereafter). One would assume (dangerously, as it turns out), that if an application for Social Security disability is approved, that it would automatically render an approval under FERS disability retirement a “sure” thing. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact that Social Security has a higher standard of proof — where one must be considered “totally disable” as opposed to (under the legal standards for FERS) “disabled from performing… Read More …

Federal Disability Retirement: Actions from the Federal Government or the Postal Service

Fiza I want to apply for OPM Disability Retirement from the Post Office. I got the papers from the OPM office, where it says I have to apply for Social Security Disability benefits in the SSA office also. If Social Security disproves my disability application, then is it automatically disapproved by the Post Office too? Please give me a suggestion about what I can do. lsfolly I got my disability retirement – problem is they keep reducing the payments using bogus reasoning that they are paying me too much. I cannot make ends meet. I worked all my life yet I know of people who never worked and they are better off than me because they qualify for local government… Read More …

OPM Disability Retirement: The Complex Case

…I have not used any of my social security checks and just abit of what back pay I had coming after my lawyer got his cut. I was awareded in October 2009 and got my award notice on January 19 2010 (I believe it was the 19th) I faxed all the info to them on January 21, 2010 and on May 3, 2010 I mailed the same info to them in hope that they get it. If I have to pay back the FERS? will they take my social security until this is paid back, will they hold my FERS checks until this is paid back? is there a payment plan or intrest charged during the pay back time? I… Read More …

FERS Disability Retirement Attorney: The Social Security Requirement

without Pay, the filing for Social Security disability benefits becomes an anomaly, a puzzle and a conundrum, precisely because of the following: Ultimately, the reason why Social Security disability benefits must be applied for, is to see whether or not a coordinating “offset” between FERS Disability Retirement benefits and Social Security disability benefits will be appropriately imposed (a 100% offset in the first year of concurrent receipt of benefits where the annuity rate for the FERS Disability Retirement annuitant is set at 60% of the average of one’s highest-3 consecutive years of service; then, every year thereafter, a 60% offset during each year of concurrent receipt of Federal Disability Retirement benefits at the Federal Disability Retirement annuity rate of 40%… Read More …

FERS Disability Retirement for Federal and USPS Workers: SSDI & FERS

It happens quite often. In preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the Federal and Postal employee must file for Social Security Disability benefits (under FERS; CSRS is exempted because there is no Social Security component under the law). While many Human Resources offices, as well as the H.R. Shared Services office in Greensboro, N.C. for the Postal Service, will assert to the Federal and Postal employee that they must “wait” until they get a decision from the Social Security Administration, the truth is that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management only needs to see a receipt showing that SSDI was filed, and this can be easily obtained online by simply… Read More …

The Social Security Factor on the FERS Disability Retirement Claim

eligibility status of a FERS disability retirement applicant by seeing whether or not the Social Security Administration will approve or disapprove one’s claim (that would be too logical, inasmuch as there is a higher legal standard of essentially “total disability” under SSDI, and so an approval by Social Security Disability standards should then automatically invite approval by OPM) — although, under Trevan v. OPM, there is certainly a basis to invite such a legal analysis. No; the only reason why OPM wants to see a receipt of an SSDI filing, is merely for purposes of cross-checking whether or not a monetary offset should be applied if both SSDI and FERS Disability Retirement annuities are concurrently paid. And, even then, it… Read More …