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heath09  
#1 Posted : Thursday, February 26, 2009 4:57:46 AM(UTC)
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Hello,

I am new here. In Oct 2008 I was approved for fers disability retirement and social security disability. I received lump sum payments from both and sent omp my disability award notice. I am still receiving interim payments from opm and would like to know how long it takes to have a claim finalized. I was on lwop from my job since Sept 2007 and was just about to have my fehb terminated. I owed back premiums which I was told would be taken out of my retirement benefits. I have no idea what my monthly retirement benefit is and what deductions are being withheld. I would like some insight on the process finalization if anyone can provide it.
ed12  
#2 Posted : Thursday, February 26, 2009 8:05:59 AM(UTC)
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My disability retirement and SSD were approved in April 2008. My case was assigned to a OPM caseworker on 2/24/2009 I called today and was told it should be a few more weeks
rockiniowa  
#3 Posted : Thursday, February 26, 2009 8:14:33 AM(UTC)
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I think you should try to contact OPM and find out who the case was assigned to. Then contact this person to find out if he/she needs any information or document that will help you to speed your claim.

In my case, the OPM clerk didn't simply have proof of life insurance (or something like that), a document I had from the separation package the Post Office sent me after I quit there. So I mailed it and presto, the OPM figured out what my annuity payments were going to be. From there, I think it took only a few weeks from there to get my first regular annuity payment.

Hope this helps
gowilla18  
#4 Posted : Thursday, February 26, 2009 6:06:00 PM(UTC)
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I was approved for fers disability June 3, 2008 and I have been on interim payments since that time, my case was sent to specialist Jan. 13, 2009 my case finalized Feb.19, 2009, I have not worked since March, 2006, I was told that I will receive another interim payment for March, 2009 and I should begin getting regular payments in April, 2009, I'm still waiting for my retroactive payment which they say should be any day now, I also received my ID card this week and my retirement package is on the way! I couldn't get much info when I called until my case had been sent to specialist, and good luck trying to get directly thru to your specailist!
heath09  
#5 Posted : Thursday, February 26, 2009 10:23:19 PM(UTC)
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Thank you everyone for your responses. I called an 888 number on my interim payment stub and was given a 202 phone number which was busy, I will try again today. If someone has a phone number they can give me to call that would be great and much appreciated.
heath09  
#6 Posted : Thursday, February 26, 2009 10:45:45 PM(UTC)
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I just called the 202 phone number and got a voice recording that it was branch 3, I left a message and hope to get a call back. Still if anyone can give me any other phone numbers I will welcome it. Thanks
postalwiz  
#7 Posted : Thursday, February 26, 2009 11:17:04 PM(UTC)
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I do not know what 202# you called the 202#
for OPM is the Disability Section at 202-606-0280
has nothing to do with your interim payment.
The # you need to call about your interim payment
is 888-767-6738 and I just confirmend the 202
# by calling, of course, noone answered, usually
you have to leave a message.
heath09  
#8 Posted : Friday, February 27, 2009 2:42:53 AM(UTC)
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Postalwiz

Thanks for the info. After reading your post, I called the 1-888-767-6738 number again. Today I was told my case was assigned 02/24/09. I was also given a phone number for the unit where my case is, which is the same number I left a message at earlier today.

Could you help shed some light on another question I have. The last pay period I was paid a paycheck was 09/2007 but my fers disability retirement lump sum payment covered 02/01/2008 through 10/30/08. I know with SSD there is a 5 month waiting period, is there also a waiting period for fers disability retirement? Is there any reason why my lump sum started 02/2008 instead of 10/2007? As mentioned above the last pay period I received a paycheck was in 09/2007?
postalwiz  
#9 Posted : Friday, February 27, 2009 3:50:08 AM(UTC)
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Get your form 50 and in the remarks section
see what it says the last day you were in a
pay and duty status that determines your date
for disability retirement. Did you get monies
such as AL or sick Leave after the date
you gave me 10/07, may be the difference between
that date and the payment you received beginning
2/08.
heath09  
#10 Posted : Friday, February 27, 2009 5:00:50 AM(UTC)
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Postalwiz

I checked my form 50, it's dated 10/2008 and does not mention last pay period or end of duty status date. When I went out on LWOP in 09/2007, I had exhausted all my leave, I did not owe any advanced leave.

I'll try Monday to get my caseworker on the phone and ask her.

Postalwiz and all who responded thanks so much, this board is a wealth of information.
gowilla18  
#11 Posted : Friday, February 27, 2009 12:16:50 PM(UTC)
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The lump sum payment you got was probably interim payments, after I was approved I receive a lump sum for the months of Jan. thru June interim payments, my lump sum back pay is due to be deposit in my account any day, I don't believe you receive your retroactive back pay until they finish finalizing your claim, I could be wrong but that's what happened with me!
heath09  
#12 Posted : Saturday, February 28, 2009 1:23:15 AM(UTC)
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It would be nice to get some additional back pay, but I'm not expecting it. I owed a year of premiums for my health care, and received 8 months of SSD payments have to be deducted out. Currently my interim payment is very low, so hopefully I won't be overpaid.

I do wonder why my payments started for February 2008, when I actually stopped working 09/2007. I assumed I would also be entitled to payments for 10/2007 through 01/2008.

I'll has to speak to my caseworker about the date issue.
postalwiz  
#13 Posted : Saturday, February 28, 2009 4:01:15 AM(UTC)
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Your interim payments are only about 75 to 85%
of what you eventually get when they finalize
your case. So if your case has not been
finalized I would either wait and see what
comes your way or keep calling OPM to see when
your case is finalized which if you just received
interim payments will not be finalized probably
for another 6 weeks. Keep checking your bank
to see if any additional monies go in as the money will hit the bank before you get anything
in the mail.
gowilla18  
#14 Posted : Saturday, February 28, 2009 9:24:35 PM(UTC)
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As of today I'm still waiting for my retroactive back pay, I received my retirement booklet, and it stated that my back pay was sent to my bank for deposit Feb. 19, 2009, I keep checking account but as of today the only deposit was my final interim payment for March I will begin to receive regular payment in April!
postalwiz  
#15 Posted : Saturday, February 28, 2009 11:03:01 PM(UTC)
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xavier if they are telling you that your money
was sent to the bank on 2/19 and your account
does not show it, call OPM and inquire. A direct
deposit should not take that long to hit the bank. If OPM confirms that they have sent the monies; call the bank and see if they can track it, if still nothing, call OPM back and specifically tell them monies nowhere to be found
and confirm your routing and bank account #, and that brochure has all sorts of information in it
including phone #'s, your CSA #, your Pin# which
you need to change, your tax free amount of
annuity and should be guarded.
RHINO6383  
#16 Posted : Sunday, March 08, 2009 8:00:43 AM(UTC)
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I was retired on June 8th, 2009

I got interum payments of increasing amounts for 3 months and then got my first full retirement annuity on September 1st.

Now I was just approved for SS and I received a deposit in my account for $6057.00 that I understand I have to pay back to OPM because now I am considered to be overpaid from OPM.

Now for the next 3 months, the same amount of my ss benefit will be removed from my annuity which means I will get about $90.00 from OPM after deductions and then I keep my SS check. About $2110.00 a month to live on....

The starting July 1st, the monthly annuity goes from 60% to 40% ($3179.00 / $2355.20)

Not Great!~

Rhino!
heath09  
#17 Posted : Monday, March 09, 2009 3:59:39 AM(UTC)
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Today I got a letter saying my case was complete, attached was my card with my case #. I didn't get any other letters or packets yet. I did get a deposit into my bank account today. So it looks like I'm not overpaid, which is great.

I never was able to speak to my caseworker so I'm really anxious to see my packet.

Once again thanks everyone and best regards!
Ruuth_Less  
#18 Posted : Monday, March 09, 2009 4:35:20 AM(UTC)
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What rate of pay is used to calculate OPM?

Do they figure in any pay increases while out on LWOP?
sarita  
#19 Posted : Friday, March 13, 2009 9:03:13 PM(UTC)
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I believe it is your high three. Best of luck to you!
napman  
#20 Posted : Saturday, March 14, 2009 2:09:18 AM(UTC)
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I don't believe they include the time you're on LWOP to the time you are separated. If I'm wrong, I stand corrected.
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