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BrokenWings  
#1 Posted : Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:21:17 PM(UTC)
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I got a letter from OWCP telling me to go to a referee appointment in next month. I am not concerned about this... my issues are:

1. Covid. There’s a crisis going on. CDC says stay home. The governor says stay home. The President says stay home... OWCP says leave home & go expose yourself. NY is a hotspot. I am over 50 and absolutely terrified to get it. There is absolutely nothing on OWCP regarding guidance (except if you get it at work as part of your job).

2. The appointment is at a location well over 150 miles away (1 way) via driving. Without stopping or traffic, it’s easily 3 hours - one way. Is this normal for comp to set an appointment that far away? Should I contact Comp about this? I can only imagine the distance is an oversight (booked it thinking “as the crow flies” not accounting for a large body of
water between me & the location. Without the Long Island Sound, the appointment location is about 75-80 miles away one way).

The only other way to the appointment by car involves an expensive ferry over the Long Island Sound or by Amtrak to NYC then I have no idea how to after that. It’s insane.
OBE17  
#2 Posted : Monday, March 23, 2020 6:51:21 AM(UTC)
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Dist 2 Offices are off 7th Av in Manhattan, how are these people not furloughed?

I correspond with an IW who lives in Hawaii. OWCP refuses to pay to fly the IW to the island where the appt is! How in the world do they justify that?

I guess the IW is supposed to SWIM there!
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BrokenWings on 3/26/2020(UTC)
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