OPM FERS/CSRS Disability Retirement: The Declination of Laughter

Does lack of laughter signify anything? If a person was known to laugh a lot, then one day comes in with nary a chuckle, is it significant at all? Is it the reverberation from the throat, or the eyes which reveal sadness, which tells the true tale of a person’s state of mind? […] Read More …

Federal and Postal Disability Retirement: Sports Metaphors

The abundance of metaphors comparing life with sports has pervaded throughout in literature, opinion pieces, articles, etc. We can relate to sports, because many have been active participants […] Read More …

Medical Retirement Benefits for Federal & Postal Employees: What the Agency Can Do

It is always striking (and suspicious, of course) when an individual tells me that his or her Agency has said that they will “OK” the Federal disability retirement application. […] Read More …

OPM Disability Retirement: The End Goal

The goal at the end of the process is to obtain that “approval” letter from the Office of Personnel Management. It resolves and sets aside the months of anxiety and stress compressed […] Read More …

OPM Disability Retirement: The Client

Waiting for the approval/disapproval, the determination, the decision,etc., when the Federal Disability Retirement packet is sitting on OPM’s desk, is a passive modality of existence. Up to that point, however, it is often a good idea to be actively involved in the process […] Read More …

CSRS & FERS Disability: an Art Form

As with all effective submissions — pleadings, motions, legal memorandums and, alas, Federal Disability Retirement applications — it should never be approached in a mechanical, one-to-one ratio-like, mathematical manner. Of course it should contain the […] Read More …