FERCCA, or the Federal Erroneous Retirement Coverage Corrections Act, was developed and enacted to help solve the administrative difficulties federal employees and OPM were having when correcting inappropriate retirement coverage. That sentence is a mouthful.
Basically, when the government was in the process of switching between the Civil Service and Federal Employee Retirement Systems, there were errors in placing some new hires into the wrong coverage. FERCCA detailed how the corrections could be made and gave the federal employee some rights as to which system they preferred, if an actual error had occurred in their employment.
While most of these issues have been resolved, some federal disability retirement applicants are still dealing with an administrative error due to being hired into the wrong system. The technical deadline to file was September of 2002, but if the federal employee can show due diligence, the deadline can be waived.
The point is to understand that federal employee benefits are a enormous system of errors and nuances. An HR system that correctly flows to 2.5 million employees is nearly impossible, especially when you add in all of the separate rules and regulations inside of each agency. The important this to remember if you are considering a federal disability retirement is that a quality legal representative can help you navigate these precarious situations and keep you informed of your rights and options.
Being injured or sick is hard enough without having to deal with the federal government and the intense application and determination processes. Call Harris Federal now to set up a free case consultation to learn more about your rights. We are here to help!