The Postal Service is especially guilty of this, but many other Federal (non-Postal) agencies are also “negligent” on the issue of keeping an injured worker on the rolls for years on end.
Often, such “non-existent” Federal and Postal workers receive OWCP payments, or simply go on with their lives while unofficially still a Federal or Postal employee. Never having been separated from Federal or Postal service, such individuals are still eligible for filing FERS Medical Retirement benefits because the 1-year statute of limitations has not been violated.
So long as a Federal or Postal employee files for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under CSRS or FERS within one year of being separated from service, you have met the statute of limitations. If you were never officially separated from service, then your 1-year deadline never began.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire
OPM Disability Retirement Lawyer