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GSBS  
#61 Posted : Saturday, September 21, 2019 3:12:57 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Calicocat Go to Quoted Post
I never received interim payments. LDP 3/24/2017. Approved 1/04/19. Received first annuity payment 7/10/19. So they screwed the pooch from day one on my case.
You are NOT screwed. If you are due backpay, let us say 2 years worth, you would see more money in the end when the Big Blue Book comes. Interim payments are generally much smaller than a regular annuity payment.

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#62 Posted : Monday, September 23, 2019 8:56:48 PM(UTC)
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My UPDATED timeline:

Mailed in application for DR August 2018
Received my CSA # November 2018
Went to Disability section in Jan 2019
Approved in Early May2019
Received 2 months of interim payments mid May2019
Regular Interim Payments as of June 2019
July interim payment 2019
August interim payment 2019
September interim payment beginning of month
September mid month file escalation
September 20th case assigned

to be continued...
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#63 Posted : Thursday, October 10, 2019 5:26:06 AM(UTC)

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Well, I received a direct deposit this morning from OPM1 TREAS 310 so I'm assuming this is my first interim payment. However, it is much, much smaller than I anticipated it would be based on what my high 3 is. My last date of pay was 9/14/19. Even after taxes, I cannot reconcile my interim payment being this small. I'm hoping this payment is just for 9/14/19 to 9/30/19 which would make sense.
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#64 Posted : Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:46:18 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: taadow75 Go to Quoted Post
Well, I received a direct deposit this morning from OPM1 TREAS 310 so I'm assuming this is my first interim payment. However, it is much, much smaller than I anticipated it would be based on what my high 3 is. My last date of pay was 9/14/19. Even after taxes, I cannot reconcile my interim payment being this small. I'm hoping this payment is just for 9/14/19 to 9/30/19 which would make sense.


Greetings,

My first deposit was like $150. For 3 days. (Although they never said so) The next day was a full months interim. I think you will be OK.

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#65 Posted : Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:56:41 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: taadow75 Go to Quoted Post
Well, I received a direct deposit this morning from OPM1 TREAS 310 so I'm assuming this is my first interim payment. However, it is much, much smaller than I anticipated it would be based on what my high 3 is. My last date of pay was 9/14/19. Even after taxes, I cannot reconcile my interim payment being this small. I'm hoping this payment is just for 9/14/19 to 9/30/19 which would make sense.
The estimated Interim payment isn't really based on your High 3. OPM will take your Grade & Step and pay you 80% of 60% until your actual monthly annuity rate is determined and your Blue Book printed. At that point your payments will be adjusted to reflect the actual annuity minus any SSDI payments
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#66 Posted : Tuesday, October 15, 2019 2:28:25 PM(UTC)
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Approval letter today. Here’s my timeline

11/1/18 - Hired attorney
12/29/18 - Agency receives packet from Lawyer
4/24/19 - CSA # ( Agency dragged their feet. Not surprising. )
8/19/19 - Medical specialist asks for any recent documents since submission
10/11/19 - Approved
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Tormund  
#67 Posted : Wednesday, October 23, 2019 7:44:40 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: GSBS Go to Quoted Post
The OPM will initiate the payment process and notify the employing agency to retrieve last date of pay information.


Regarding last date of pay, I have been strictly annual/sick/donated leave for the previous 5 months, except the last 2 pay periods I've started to use LWOP. I am expecting a bonus however to be posted however soon for performance. Will my last date of pay be the last day I used paid leave?

I'm going to throw a few more questions out there since you seem super knowledgeable. Hopefully you don't mind and it's ok to do so.

The Navy OCHR has recently received my application from my lawyer. I imagine I'm still a few weeks from them forwarding on to OPM if all things go smoothly. Metrics here seem to indicate 3 months would be the absolute quickest I would have a decision, but likely in the 6-8 month range seems average. Does all that seem reasonable?

Hoping everything stays course with my benefits. My FEHB I filled out a form to go into debt. FEDVIP I'm expecting to get something in the mail soon on how to pay manually. FEGLI I guess just is paid automatically for me from what I've read and I incur no debt on that?

I'm fairly young (30+ years from retirement age), but hope to get better in the next few years. I've been approved for SSDI super quick. Time will tell how I will recover. I am hopeful to be able to eventually work part-time, but it's likely fatigue and therapies would interfere with me working full-time, traveling would not be possible to the level of my position description, and the stress of my job would contribute to flares. I expect given my age I'll probably get a questionnaire (RI-30-1 OMB No. 3206-0143) every few years if initially approved? Any tips for these questionnaires? I haven't seen a lot of discussion here on them, but what I've read says just to be timely and succinct.

I really like my organization and I could likely work out something if I improve enough to work part-time. I've read some on part-time annuitants, but it's supper confusing to me on salary offset and if it's worth considering doing that over doing more consulting. Has anyone here successfully returned to their organization part-time that you are aware of?
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#68 Posted : Thursday, October 24, 2019 10:10:55 AM(UTC)
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Greetings,

Mind if I give it a go?

Originally Posted by: Tormund Go to Quoted Post
Regarding last date of pay, I have been strictly annual/sick/donated leave for the previous 5 months, except the last 2 pay periods I've started to use LWOP. I am expecting a bonus however to be posted however soon for performance. Will my last date of pay be the last day I used paid leave?

I am not 100% certain on the bonus factor. A lot will hinge on the date they use on the SF50. I think though, most people have said on here that any payment for anything makes your LDOP reset. Hopefully some people here can post their experience.

Originally Posted by: Tormund Go to Quoted Post
The Navy OCHR has recently received my application from my lawyer. I imagine I'm still a few weeks from them forwarding on to OPM if all things go smoothly. Metrics here seem to indicate 3 months would be the absolute quickest I would have a decision, but likely in the 6-8 month range seems average. Does all that seem reasonable?

Honestly, more bad news, time doesn't start until OPM receives your application and issues you a CSA Number. From there begins your wait and I haven't seen in this forum any 90 days approvals. More so the average has been 12-14 months.

Originally Posted by: Tormund Go to Quoted Post
Any tips for these questionnaires? I haven't seen a lot of discussion here on them, but what I've read says just to be timely and succinct.

It's awesome that you are asking these type questions now, but it might drive ya crazy. The thing about this forum is that most people leave after they are approved. So a lot of the "and then what" goes unanswered. This is my second year since FERS DR and SSDI approval and I haven't received anything. But I do have a line item disability and they may never ask for new medical documentation from me. The financial questionnaire is very simple and did come this year.

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Has anyone here successfully returned to their organization part-time that you are aware of?

Not since I have been here. I would be concerned about doing my old job part-time because that is showing I can do some of my old job... which remember, part-time is a reasonable accommodation. Know what I mean? Good luck.

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#69 Posted : Wednesday, November 13, 2019 7:16:58 PM(UTC)
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My Timeline for DR (FYI: No lawyer used)

Stopped working March 17, 2018
Went on LOWP May 2018
Applied for DR in April 2019
Got my CSA # Aug. 16, 2019
Received approval letter Nov. 4, 2019, dated Oct. 31, 2019
Approval time a little over 2 months after receiving CSA # Not bad at all
Now just waiting for intern payments or reg payments

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#70 Posted : Wednesday, November 13, 2019 10:16:47 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: TLL Go to Quoted Post
My Timeline for Dr.

Stopped working March 17, 2018
Went on LOWP May 2018
Applied for DR in April 2019
Got my CSA # Aug. 16, 2019
Received approval letter Nov. 4, 2019, dated Oct. 31, 2019
Approval time 2 months after receiving CSA # Not bad at all
Now just waiting for intern payments or reg payments


If you don’t mind me asking, did you hire a lawyer and what type of disability was it for? Don’t want to pry. I know someone else had some surgeries that went wrong and had lots of documentation etc. feel free to DM me if you don’t want to make it public. If not, that’s ok too :) best of luck to your new journey.
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#71 Posted : Thursday, November 14, 2019 5:11:00 AM(UTC)
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My timeline to encourage those who are waiting.

July 2, 2019 - HR received my completed disability package
August 6, 2019 - Received CSA number
October 16, 2019 - Case assigned to medical specialist
October 22, 2019 - Date on my approved letter from OPM

Good luck to everyone, looks as OPM dramatically improved their timeline process. :-)

Added: I did have a lawyer, wonderful and smooth process,
impressed with the service I received from Elliott Andalman, Andalman & Flynn PC.

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#72 Posted : Thursday, November 14, 2019 6:43:13 PM(UTC)
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My timeline so far:

Stopped working in Feb, LWOP and regular leave.

Submitted with the help of Mr. McGill in Aug 2019. Forget the exact date.

CSA number: 13 Sep 2019

Assigned a a "Disability Claims Specialist today: 14 Nov 2019.

Approval letter received 17 Dec 2019

Emailed Boyers to get the PW for login, was told:

"Thank you for your email inquiry.

At this time, your retirement claim has not been placed in an active pay status. Therefore, we are unable to complete your Password request to gain access to Services Online. When your account is updated with your first scheduled payment, OPM will automatically issue the Password to the address on record.

Sincerely,

Retirement Operations"

Guess it's time to wait for the final part of the process. Hang in there everyone!

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#73 Posted : Thursday, November 21, 2019 4:51:28 PM(UTC)

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I do not have same timeline but my appeal was submitted August and when I call the 800 # they keep saying is taking 3-4 months now to decide. I will see if that true soon, since in December will be 4 months for me.
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#74 Posted : Monday, November 25, 2019 4:44:01 PM(UTC)
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My case left the agency on 11/5, I received my CSA on 11/13/19. Called today and was told it had already gone through the preparation and development phase already, was sent to the disability section today and assigned a specialist. That seems really fast, and they said so on the phone I should know within 60 days, but I don’t want to have false hope. Am I insane to?
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#75 Posted : Monday, November 25, 2019 5:16:07 PM(UTC)
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You'll know in a couple months if it's approved but the long wait will be finalization. That's when your case will just sit collecting a lot of dust.
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#76 Posted : Monday, November 25, 2019 5:44:47 PM(UTC)
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Wow. This process, even with the forum is so confusing. So even after (if) they approve you, it still take time?
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#77 Posted : Monday, November 25, 2019 6:36:08 PM(UTC)
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Yup but hopefully you get intern payments up until they actually finalize your case (if they approve). Interim payments will only be a fraction of what your final disability payment will be and is meant to hold you over until you are finalized.

Honestly, I believe this whole process is meant to be lengthy. They don't want a quick and easy process.
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Great! I hope you get an answer soon. I am still waiting for my appeal to send to a medical reviewer and that is since August 2019.
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#79 Posted : Sunday, December 1, 2019 10:14:12 PM(UTC)
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My timeline so far:

Stopped working in Feb, LWOP and regular leave.

Submitted with the help of Mr. Mcgill in Aug 2019. Forget the exact date.

CSA number: 13 Sep 2019

Assigned a a "Disability Claims Specialist today: 14 Nov 2019.

Was told: "OPM will notify you in writing once your claim has been reviewed and determination has been made."

Hopefully I'll get lucky and it will go quickly from here. Money is getting very tight.

Anyone else had a similar timeline? Off to go re read others timelines :)



Is it out of line to call or email them every couple weeks to see if approved? This wait is killing me. I know many people had to wait an eternity. Interim payments would be much better than nothing :(

Tormund  
#80 Posted : Monday, December 2, 2019 7:18:59 PM(UTC)
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CSA number: 13 Sep 2019


Hi there. How do you get notified of your CSA number? Snail mail regular sized letter from OPM?

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