OPM Disability Retirement is a Medical Issue

Last Updated on March 14, 2017 by Federal Disability Lawyer

If a Federal or Postal Employee is still on the rolls of the Agency, or if you have not been separated from service for more than 31 days, then the disability retirement application must be routed through your agency before being forwarded to the Office of Personnel Management for processing and review.

If you have been separated from Federal Service — meaning, you have actually been taken off of the rolls of your agency (this does include being on sick leave, or on annual leave, or on leave without pay) — for 31 days or more (but not for more than 1 year, in which case you have lost your right and ability to file for Federal Disability Retirement benefits, because you have allowed the 1-year statute of limitations to pass by), then you must file your case directly with the Office of Personnel Management in Boyers, PA.

Whether routed through your agency or directly to the Office of Personnel Management, remember that a Federal Disability Retirement application is ultimately a medical issue — not a supervisor’s issue, not an agency issue; it is not determined by your agency; your eligibility is not determined by your supervisor.  It is, essentially, and at its very core, an issue between you, your doctor, and your inability to perform the essential elements of your Federal or Postal job.


Robert R. McGill, Esquire

One thought on “OPM Disability Retirement is a Medical Issue

  1. I forgot to submit form in my application submitted within the SOL. I was given 30 days to submit the missing form which took my completed application past the SOL. I made it within the OPM o30 day timeline. Will the original filing date within the SOL hold or is it the application date for the 30 day completion extended by OPM?

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