In filing a Federal Disability Retirement application with the Office of Personnel Management, the very arbitrary nature of the timeline in each individual case makes for a rather frustrating process. After winding its way through the Agency, then through the finance office, and finally making its way to Boyers, PA, the Federal Disability Retirement packet will finally be sent down to the Office of Personnel Management in Washington, D.C.
It is at this point — when the “in-take processing” of the case has been completed in Boyers, Pennsylvania, that a “case number” (a CSA Number) will be assigned. The fact that a CSA Number has been assigned, however, does not necessarily mean that a case has been assigned to an OPM representative for review or consideration of the Federal Disability Retirement application. Indeed, the case itself may sit in an open file for many weeks before it is finally assigned. Further, the CSA Number itself will be one which begins with the number “8” for FERS individuals, and the number “4” for CSRS individuals (which is obviously becoming more of a rarity). Both numbers will have 7 digits to it, and end with an eighth — a “0”. While knowing these details will not get one’s case adjudicated any faster, it is often good to know the administrative details in a Federal Disability Retirement case — if only to understand the bureaucratic maze which every Federal Disability Retirement application, whether under FERS or CSRS, must undergo.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire