When federal employees apply for federal disability retirement, it can often be a long and frustrating process that can take up to a year from start to finish for the claim to be adjudicated. While it is our hope that the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) decision is favorable, not all claims will be approved. However, if your initial decision is a denial, there is an option to enter what is known as the federal disability retirement reconsideration stage.
In the event that one’s federal disability retirement claim is denied, the OPM will send a letter explaining the decision. The final page of the letter will include a request for reconsideration form that allows for the claimant to acknowledge intent for the Office of Personnel to revisit their claim. The applicant is given three options with regard to the re-adjudication of their federal disability retirement claim.
The first option designates for the OPM to make a decision based on evidence included along with the request form and documentation already included in the case file. Option two asks for a reconsideration based on the original documentation included with federal disability retirement application. The last option requests a reconsideration of the initial decision along with a 30 day extension to gather and submit additional evidence.
The request for reconsideration must be received by the OPM no later than 30 calendar days from the date of the initial denial letter. If the option to submit additional evidence at a later time is chosen, it may be wise to schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible to begin compiling new documentation.