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#161 Posted : Tuesday, May 12, 2020 12:01:05 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: icanzz Go to Quoted Post

Update...sorta:
6 May 2020
I made my monthly call today. I was told my file was sent for adjudication on 30 April 2020 for finalization...or something like that. Sounded like she was saying it moved from big pile to a smaller/big pile.

Updated:
8 May 2020
Received phone call and email from Legal Administrative Specialist.
I did not answer because it said "private number", but I emailed/returned completed SF2818 and SF3107 Part D as requested.

SF 3107 was easy enough....section D chose the maximum survivor annuity.

SF 2818 was confusing ...so I just chose Basic Life plus Option A.

11 May 2020
Email this morning g from LAS starting documents added to my file and Please allow 3-4 weeks for any follow up action.


It seems like things are moving forward quickly now, hopefully this means you will not have to wait very much longer.
When I last spoke to the help desk they told me it would be the middle to end of May before I should expect any movement on my finalization. The paperwork was done last week and my back pay was deposited yesterday. I’m just waiting to see my bluebook and find out what my full pay will be (until it changes in November).
Good luck!
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#162 Posted : Thursday, May 21, 2020 10:36:31 AM(UTC)
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Added this update to Post #160.

21 May 2020
Received letter from OPM LAS stating that if I begin receiving SSDI payments, I must by law let them know. In my application for FERS Disbaility I sent them a copy of SSDI benefit letter showing I was approved and receiving SSDI payments, the letter I sent also showed the months and amounts received SSDI. Looks I am about to get a big overpayment from OPM. I sent the LAS an email with another copy of the SSDI award letter...will see if they update before sending me backpay.

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#163 Posted : Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:47:21 AM(UTC)
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I received a deposit on Thursday May 21st but it was for way less than I was expecting for back pay does anyone know if they just sent some of my back pay and more will get deposited later or is this all they plan on sending. If this is it then I need to be on the phone with them. I have been out of work from March 2018 pay stopped May 2018 got approved for SSDI Sept. 2018 then approved by OPM Oct. 2019 started getting interim payments at the end of December 2019 so they owe me two years back pay and I know it has to be more than what they deposited.

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#164 Posted : Tuesday, May 26, 2020 4:36:39 AM(UTC)
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After that back pay deposit you will receive a small white booklet that shows the breakdown of how the back pay was calculated, with deductions based on what you chose for FEHB, and FEGLI.
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Forgot to add that I didn’t factor in the 10% reduction for a spousal benefit I selected. That’s an immediate 10% off of your back pay as well. I had two years of back pay coming from the period between my LDOP to the start of interim payments. I automatically figured ok, one year at 60%, and one year at 40% basically would equal a year of my salary. Noooooo, haha. Forgot about that spousal 10% reduction. Oops. Congrats on your retirement.
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#166 Posted : Tuesday, May 26, 2020 9:39:50 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: TLL Go to Quoted Post
I received a deposit on Thursday May 21st but it was for way less than I was expecting for back pay does anyone know if they just sent some of my back pay and more will get deposited later or is this all they plan on sending. If this is it then I need to be on the phone with them. I have been out of work from March 2018 pay stopped May 2018 got approved for SSDI Sept. 2018 then approved by OPM Oct. 2019 started getting interim payments at the end of December 2019 so they owe me two years back pay and I know it has to be more than what they deposited.
In many cases you will see an initial estimated payment upfront, will be put on estimated Interim payments, with the remainder paid when you are finished and OPM sends that Blue Book!

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I provided SSDI information in my original FERS Disability application since I was approved and receiving SSDI prior to applying for and being approved for FERS Disability.

Letter from OPM is confusing. Envelope contain 2 letters both signed by same LAS dated same day.

First letter says- “Attached is for your records. Although we currently have your disability information on file, please contact OPM if Social Security Disability payments resume at any time after cessation.”

Second letter same envelope states “By law OPM required to deduct SSDI from FERS”. “Our records show you are not receiving SSDI and that your FERS benefit is not reduced by SSDI”.

They seem to contradict each other. I summarized slightly. Second letter has total of 7 paragraphs.

There is also a form “The current status of My application for social security disability benefits”

I emailed LAS last week about this, but I have not received a response.

Edited by user Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:51:40 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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