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Pugcrazy  
#1 Posted : Thursday, April 05, 2012 12:18:52 AM(UTC)
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I was recently approved for DR after a year and a half timeframe - after Reconsideration.  I just received initial notice of my interim payment schedule and my back pay only goes back 6 months.  I called OPM and talked to someone and he said that they do not go back to the last day in pay status (Nov 2010, in my case), only 6 months. He said it was because I was a FERS employee.

Does anybody know if this is true? I can't believe it would be as it seems unfairly penalize people when OPM takes so long to adjudicate claims!  I'll keep digging and looking for answers, but would appreciate some feedback from some of you seasoned retirees!  
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#2 Posted : Thursday, April 05, 2012 1:05:48 AM(UTC)
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OPM would go back to your last day in office that you were paid which would be Nov 2010. Did you accept any monies between then and now? It sounds like they made a mistake?
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#3 Posted : Thursday, April 05, 2012 1:26:50 AM(UTC)
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I know! No, I have been on LWOP all of this time (since Nov 22 2010)- I erroneously received a check during this time, but I paid it back - with interest - and the record was cleared (I called to confirm it).   I called my agency (USPS, the HRSSC) this morning to confirm the date reported to OPM as I wanted to ascertain on which end the error was made.  USPS provided the correct date.  I then called OPM AGAIN and spoke to a different person and she said that she would write up a ticket, and that someone would call me back.  It just bothered me that the first guy I spoke to at OPM said "Oh no, we don't go back that far on back payment, only 6 months, because you are FERS."  I felt like he was making it up on the fly.....

I'm sure getting this straightened out is going to be a nightmare!  
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#4 Posted : Thursday, April 05, 2012 6:08:07 AM(UTC)
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Pug, it's absolutely correct that you are entitled to monies that go back to your last day in pay status. You need to speak to a Specialist at OPM to straighten this out. Your Form-50, Notification of Personnel Action, should have the correct date, and perhaps you should fax a copy of this to OPM as long as it has the correct date on it as to your last day.
 
Hopefully you have a copy of your DR file and can find this form. I found that OPM had a wealth of incorrect information. They once told another person that they only went back 10 months in back-pay!
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#5 Posted : Thursday, April 05, 2012 11:56:07 AM(UTC)
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I reached my attorney today and he advised me that  OPM only goes back 6 months for the back portion of interim payments and that I would receive the rest of the money (one years worth) when my case is finalized. Does that sound right? I've never heard that before.....and from what I see on this Board, finalization can take up to two years! Thats ludicrous! OPM should have to pay interest! I still hope to speak to someone at OPM that can explain this..........
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#6 Posted : Thursday, April 05, 2012 1:01:00 PM(UTC)
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I don't know how your attorney could possibly know, but yes that answer might be spot on, and possibly what the OPM Telephone rep was speaking about too? If you are owed massive back pay, they pay it in installments, usually of just one though. OPM should concurrently start your interim pay. At the time I got the back pay, I was told they were issuing the maximum amount allowed by law, $13,000, and I might see another payment.  I never did, however I was put on full 60% Interim pay, then 5 excruciating months later the rest of the back pay minus deductions, and of course  my payments were lowered upon finalization.Sleepy GSBS2012-04-05 21:27:15
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#7 Posted : Thursday, April 05, 2012 3:29:28 PM(UTC)
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I would think that answer is correct. I was only paid 1/2 of my 60% back pay also. Still waiting on the other half, and Im on 2 years of waiting.... I would love the interest however, you know we wont see that! All though I will tell you the IRS pays interest. I didnt claim a portion of my taxes last year because I didnt think it was correct and then later in the year I was doing some reading and felt I could claim it, was $2500 and I sure needed it so I refiled and sure enough got my 2500 plus interest, however this year, I have to pay taxes on that interest! LOL So why one part of the govt pays interest, the other doesnt... Govt is Govt... no wonder we are a screwed up mess in this country!
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#8 Posted : Sunday, April 08, 2012 4:01:22 AM(UTC)
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Hi GSBS - I want to know if I understand the process in the following examples:
 
$2000 monthly at 60% interim = $1200
 
of the $1200 per month interim, do deductions include taxes and insurance
 
Backpay - same question
 
Finalization - what deductions are taken
 
I'm interested at which point insurance deductions are taken, including any catch-ups
 
Thanks!
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#9 Posted : Sunday, April 08, 2012 4:27:17 AM(UTC)
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Nothing is deducted from your interim payments except Federal taxes at the rate you tell OPM, otherwise they deduct for married with 3 dependents. At finalization all taxes and insurance that were not deducted, will be reflected in the monies they owe you. The insurance that you were covered for during interim status will now begin to be taken out, in arrears.
 
In your example of $1200 gross interim, only a percentage of Fed. taxes come out. The first check is automatically 20% taxed. After that it's as above; either married with 3 exemptions or whatever you tell them.
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Interim payments can be handled just a little differently. Too many members report they only see about 80% of their first year 60% interim payments. Of course any additional money owed would be paid upon finalization. I happened to see 100% of my interim pay.  Also remember night pay, differential pay, any premium pay although we might have paid tax on it does not figure into the high 3 calculation for most of us. That was another 15% of my former salary. 
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#11 Posted : Sunday, May 20, 2012 11:01:32 PM(UTC)
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GSBS wrote:
Interim payments can be handled just a little differently. Too many members report they only see about 80% of their first year 60% interim payments. Of course any additional money owed would be paid upon finalization. I happened to see 100% of my interim pay.  Also remember night pay, differential pay, any premium pay although we might have paid tax on it does not figure into the high 3 calculation for most of us. That was another 15% of my former salary. 
My interim payments appear to be right @ 80%.  However, it seems odd or maybe different in the way it's being calculated.  It appears as though I receive 100% of my SSDI & another substantially smaller portion from OPM.  In your experience, What gives? 
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