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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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BMac  
#101 Posted : Saturday, December 14, 2019 3:54:23 PM(UTC)
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Applied July 2019

CSA # October 2019

Approval letter today 12/14/19 😁

5 months from application to approval

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#102 Posted : Saturday, December 14, 2019 5:55:27 PM(UTC)

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That is awesome! Congrats! Do you remember what date in July?
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#103 Posted : Sunday, December 15, 2019 3:35:51 PM(UTC)
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Application was submitted on July 29th. I used Harris Federal Law and they were awesome from start till this point in the process and I expect it will continue until the completion.
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#104 Posted : Sunday, December 15, 2019 3:57:26 PM(UTC)
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Application was submitted on July 29th. I used Harris Federal Law and they were awesome from start till this point in the process and I expect it will continue until the completion.
Always heard good things about them. Once approved they are out of the picture as they've done their job. I have often said Finalization was the worst part of it all. If you can handle possibly months without any pay, along with repeated attempted extortion, well that was my story...

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#105 Posted : Sunday, December 15, 2019 4:24:48 PM(UTC)
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I hired harris also i have been out since 2017 didnt fille until a year later in 2018 thought i might be able to get back did it myself first time in 2018 got denied hired harris they submitted it again in in mid 2019 still waiting on and answer roughly been 2.5 years out of work first year i was out but thought i could come back eventually once i tried and got denied and callec harris they said dont even attempt to go back because my back pay goes back to mid 2017 my last day of work

Great to hear all the success story’s
BMac  
#106 Posted : Sunday, December 15, 2019 4:48:13 PM(UTC)
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Application was submitted on July 29th. I used Harris Federal Law and they were awesome from start till this point in the process and I expect it will continue until the completion.
Always heard good things about them. Once approved they are out of the picture as they've done their job. I have often said Finalization was the worst part of it all. If you can handle possibly months without any pay, along with repeated attempted extortion, well that was my story...



Extortion? That doesn’t sound good. Are you talking about Harris doing the extorting or OPM? Liked I said Harris has been nothing but professional so far...I guess I’ll see how the process goes from here.

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#107 Posted : Sunday, December 15, 2019 4:49:45 PM(UTC)

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I also hired Harris and applied in Dec 2018 but denied. My appeal was submitted in Aug 2019 and still waiting. Hope to hear something soon.
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#108 Posted : Sunday, December 15, 2019 5:16:47 PM(UTC)
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Application was submitted on July 29th. I used Harris Federal Law and they were awesome from start till this point in the process and I expect it will continue until the completion.
Always heard good things about them. Once approved they are out of the picture as they've done their job. I have often said Finalization was the worst part of it all. If you can handle possibly months without any pay, along with repeated attempted extortion, well that was my story...



Extortion? That doesn’t sound good. Are you talking about Harris doing the extorting or OPM? Liked I said Harris has been nothing but professional so far...I guess I’ll see how the process goes from here.

Oh no, strictly OPM, who can try to apply their B.S. In my case $12,000 Retro health premiums for a family, one I did not have. The Attorney is no longer retained by you, although I'm sure an Hourly rate is always available. I would advise anyone, if you have an issue that needs to be addressed during Finalization, get in touch with the worker in charge of your case. Otherwise you can count on your 'Blue Book' being wrong.

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#109 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2019 2:01:49 PM(UTC)
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This might be a record. My wife submitted her to OPM December 2nd and got her CSA # December 10th.

Hopefully the rest of the process also goes quickly
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#110 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2019 5:57:47 PM(UTC)
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So, my weekly “Call OPM” Monday update for week number three goes like this....Hello I would like to get an update on my finalization. Customer service says, oh, your file just “moved” Dec 11th. Ok thank you, can I get an extension, or a name, or an email? “Oh no, doesn’t say who this person is. I then ask, If my file just “moved again”, and the last person had no name, except I was told it was a she, how does this person also have no name or contact info? My file supposedly moved Nov 14th, when it was assigned, and now you’re saying the same exact thing??? Oh no ma’am, the last person DID have a name and extension, but this new person does not. **, is this some sort of a sick joke? Do they truly think we buy this load of crap?
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#111 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2019 8:11:35 PM(UTC)
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So, my weekly “Call OPM” Monday update for week number three goes like this....Hello I would like to get an update on my finalization. Customer service says, oh, your file just “moved” Dec 11th. Ok thank you, can I get an extension, or a name, or an email? “Oh no, doesn’t say who this person is. I then ask, If my file just “moved again”, and the last person had no name, except I was told it was a she, how does this person also have no name or contact info? My file supposedly moved Nov 14th, when it was assigned, and now you’re saying the same exact thing??? Oh no ma’am, the last person DID have a name and extension, but this new person does not. **, is this some sort of a sick joke? Do they truly think we buy this load of crap?
Too bad you are not sent a survey about the Finalization experience. I've been wrong on certain things I've said yet stand by my views on Finalization,it was horrible. I'm a firm believer you will get everything you are owed & your posts are refreshingly horrifying

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#112 Posted : Tuesday, December 17, 2019 5:14:17 AM(UTC)
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The blatant lies to get you off the phone is shameful. Attorney said this part of the process is the worst, and they weren’t kidding. For a retirement system to offer NO transparency to its participants would not be tolerated in the private sector. The govt hides behind their “get out of jail free card” for basically every single aspect of an employees career.
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#113 Posted : Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:27:26 AM(UTC)
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Out of curiosity all of the ones that are getting approved in 3 months while many are at years is the condition different is it normal not disability retirement? i am amazed seeing some approved in 3 months
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#114 Posted : Tuesday, December 17, 2019 3:51:38 PM(UTC)
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One would assume that everyone posting on this thread is a disability retirement situation. My disability retirement CSA letter to approval letter was exactly 5-1/2 months.
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#115 Posted : Wednesday, December 18, 2019 11:40:12 AM(UTC)
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Approval letter was opened yesterday. Updated timeline on page 4. Best of luck to you all. Hoping the next steps don't take too long. Low on funds!
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#116 Posted : Wednesday, December 18, 2019 12:34:24 PM(UTC)

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Congrats!! I am still waiting on my appeal decision which it was sent August 2019. 😟
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#117 Posted : Wednesday, December 18, 2019 7:25:20 PM(UTC)
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Today was Christmas. I logged into my credit union, and a boatload of money was deposited from OPM. Nothing in the mail yet, with a password, or letter explaining the amount, and how it was calculated. I’m not too proud to say that I broke down in tears, and cried like a baby. 28 horrific months of zero pay has finally ended. I had spent 13-1/2 years as an injured employee, multiple horrific surgeries, one arm torn up three times, the other torn once. OWCP still playing dirty, even with three accepted, and merged claims for these injuries. There was no limit to the depths they would go to deny any, and all time off related to these injuries every step of the way. The best thing I ever did was hire Harris Federal for DR. OWCP will suck the life out of you mentally over time. Being free of the USPS, and OWCP means you can focus on your physical injury, without having to sustain a mental injury in the process.
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#118 Posted : Thursday, December 19, 2019 11:58:18 AM(UTC)
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So, my approval letter came last Saturday. (Note timeline above) Called Shared Services today to check and see if they received any info and if the ball was rolling to have interim payments started. The lady informed me that the paper work was printed out this morning 12/19. And that OPM would be in possession of all the info needed to start the interim payments by tomorrow. She estimated 10-21 days till I receive an interim payment. Not holding my breath though. I will keep updating as more info comes in.

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#119 Posted : Friday, December 20, 2019 8:07:25 AM(UTC)
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Today was Christmas. I logged into my credit union, and a boatload of money was deposited from OPM. Nothing in the mail yet, with a password, or letter explaining the amount, and how it was calculated. I’m not too proud to say that I broke down in tears, and cried like a baby. 28 horrific months of zero pay has finally ended. I had spent 13-1/2 years as an injured employee, multiple horrific surgeries, one arm torn up three times, the other torn once. OWCP still playing dirty, even with three accepted, and merged claims for these injuries. There was no limit to the depths they would go to deny any, and all time off related to these injuries every step of the way. The best thing I ever did was hire Harris Federal for DR. OWCP will suck the life out of you mentally over time. Being free of the USPS, and OWCP means you can focus on your physical injury, without having to sustain a mental injury in the process.


I'm happy for your good news. You should get the letter explaining the amount in about a week and the password should arrive in about 3 weeks.

Best of luck to you.
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#120 Posted : Monday, December 30, 2019 6:03:14 AM(UTC)
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Here is an update to my timeline

6/7/19 - Hired my attorney

10/18/19 - Application sent to OPM

11/6/19 - Received my CSA#

12/23/19 - Assigned to medical claims specialist
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