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Disability Retirement


The federal government allows employees who are unable to work to retire under a disability retirement. It is in the best interest of both employees and the federal government for employees to remain gainfully employed in their current grade or pay level, as long as they can provide useful and efficient service without endangering themselves, others or government property.
Disability retirement should be the very last option and should be used only when attempts have been made to preserve an individual's employment, and those attempts have failed.

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Matt  
#1 Posted : Monday, June 20, 2022 8:06:19 AM(UTC)
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I have a perhaps a unique situation.

I worked in a LEO position & became disabled due to mental health disorders. They were unable to accommodate me in that position & I was subsequently found “Unfit for Duty”. I was given the options letter (i.e. medical retirement, reassignment etc.) Well, stupid me but, I wanted to try and work still and find something that I could possibly do. They finally offered me an office job about 6-7 months later & while trying to report to this new location outside of my commuting area my condition was greatly exasperated. I was only able to be there for 1 day & that was a struggle.

I requested a reasonable accommodation for this new position in the form of teleworking 4 days per week, and unfortunately it was determined that there were no accommodations that would allow me to do the essential functions of the job since my disability got very bad. They were also unable to reassign to a location closer to my home or telework position.

While waiting for all of this I was on AL/SL for a bit until that ran out, then spent about 10 months on LWOP. I was finally terminated because I was unable to perform the job. Overall, I was in this new position for about 12 months.

I submitted my FERS application about 9 weeks ago & I think my agency just recently completed their portion and sent it to OPM.

Unfortunately, the reassignment I took may ultimately hurt my chances, but I don’t know because they were unable to accommodate me in any manner at the reassigned position.

Is there anybody out there in a similar situation? Thanks!
GSBS  
#2 Posted : Monday, June 20, 2022 10:12:17 AM(UTC)
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Asking for an R.A. on the first day of a new job, that itself was an R.A., might cause complications which could be an obstacle to a successful OPM D.R. claim? I'd consult with an attorney who practices OPM Disability Retirement for a free talk? What happened at the end of that first day?

Edited by user Tuesday, June 21, 2022 1:01:30 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Matt  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, June 21, 2022 2:42:09 PM(UTC)
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We eventually completed the "interactive dialog" stage where we tried to figure out RA's that would allow be to stay in that job. It was eventually decided that there wasn't, so I tried for reassignment to a position within my commuting distance and there was nothing available. After my first day, I couldn't go back due to the severity of my symptoms.
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