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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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#1 Posted : Friday, July 12, 2019 12:17:31 PM(UTC)

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I was medically retired and I'm trying to find work in something I can do. I am not qualified to return to the job I was medically retired from and still have medical conditions.

Someone at OPM told me that if I'm doing any duties similar to what I used to do then OPM could construe that as my being medically recovered. I explained that I used to work in space operations - operating equipment and mission systems and I also used to develop lesson plans and teach in subjects regarding space operations and manage training.

The person from OPM also said that if I get a job teaching high school English that it could be construed as my being medically recovered since I will be doing some teaching and writing lesson plans (even though I'd be working at a much lower level than I got retired from). Most of the work I'd be doing would be as a substitute with no benefits.

The woman at OPM couldn't point me to a reference. The references I found were vague.

Anyone knowledgeable in this? Anyone who can point me to references?

#2 Posted : Friday, July 12, 2019 12:50:52 PM(UTC)

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Its best not to listen to 'someone' from OPM. If you take a Job that is very similar to what you were doing in Federal Service you could be opening yourself up to possible problems down the line but I wouldn't worry about it. On the other hand of course you can do some teaching or almost anything else you like, just don't exceed 80% of your current former salary. In my decade on OPM D.R. I had been only offered one other position and it was the identical Job with the identical title working for the State. My Attorney said I could have taken it, I couldn't chance it? Here is the Handbook for reference!

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#3 Posted : Friday, July 12, 2019 1:12:04 PM(UTC)

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It's not rocket science... LMAO... The reasons for termination for disability retirement include the following:
(1) the individual has medically recovered from their disability;
(2) the individual exceeds the 80% earnings limitation in their new employment; or
(3) the individual is reemployed in the federal service in an equivalent position held prior to retirement.


That should do it.

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GSBS on 7/12/2019(UTC)
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