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jimcruz  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, January 01, 2019 7:44:52 AM(UTC)

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Hi to all, I received the annual form CA-1032 from owcp and I have a doubt about question number 3. I answered yes on question number 1 because after almost a year on leave without pay I was officially removed by tsa on February 15, 2018 and answered no on question number 2. But I have no idea how to answer question number 3. Question number 3 asks "If you answered NO to both question number 1 and number 2 state whether you were unemployed for all periods during the last 15 months, Yes or No, if no, show dates of employment. For the love of god I have no idea what the answer should be. Is this an owcp trick question?.

Any help will be appreciated,
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JIM

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swimmingly  
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is the fact that you were still on the rolls of Homeland security that your not sure?
jimcruz  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, January 02, 2019 12:24:03 PM(UTC)

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Yes, what shoulf my answe be since I was put on leave without pay on March 5, 2017 until February 15, 2018 when I was removed from tsa.
jesse slade  
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Question #1: Did you work for any employer during the past 15 months?

The answer of yes means that you went to work either with the agency or someone else. Even if you were employed by someone, if you were off receiving OWCP compensation during the 15 months, you did not work. Employed and work are two separate things.

So if you have been off work and receiving OWCP compensation since March 2017 and did not return to work (actually go in and work) during the 15 month period, the answer to this question is no.

Question #2: Were you self-employed or involved in any business enterprise in the past 15 months? Self explanatory.

Question #3: If you answered no to both questions 1 and 2, state whether you were unemployed for all periods during the past 15 months.

The answer of yes means you were unemployed. This means you had no paid job but were available to work.

If you were injured at not able to work, the answer would be no.



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jimcruz  
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Got it, but still have no idea what to answer on question #3. I was still a tsa employee but on lwop. I had a job but wasn’t getting paid.
jimcruz  
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My only income has been the payments from owcp since March of 2017.. Tsa removed me officially this past February 2018
jesse slade  
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You were receiving OWCP compensation, so you were being paid.

Your answer to question #1 is no if you didn't physically go to work, clock in and actually work.

I would assume the answer to question #2 is no.

And the answer to question #3 is no because you weren't unemployed you were considered disabled by OWCP for work-related injuries.
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So, if question #1, #2 and #3 are a No what dates should I put on #3 where it says “if no show dates of employment”.
jesse slade  
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Sorry, I misspoke. Number three should be yes (no dates required).

OWCP hasn't made the question clear and they've confused unemployed with disabled. This becomes apparent when you look at the previous questions where you answer no and then number three asks your dates of employment.

Again, I apologize for the miscommunication.
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Ms. Slade thanks you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.

I appreciate that very much.

Have a happy and blessed New Year.

Jim
cortez27  
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No No Yes. The third part reads like a trick cross-examination question.
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mrssmitty  
#12 Posted : Monday, February 18, 2019 1:46:12 PM(UTC)
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I just also received this letter.
My situation is unique however.
I didn’t start receiving and or claiming(ca7)
until May 2018. Prior to that I was on “LWOP” due to a separate issue.
My concern is a little 4 hour a week gig I did get paid for. Must I submit that even though it was prior to me claiming compensation and prior to my physician putting me on “total disability”?

Thanks All!
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