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Join Us for a Webinar This Wednesday


Join us this Wednesday, August 16th at NOON EST for a FREE webinar titled “Federal Disability Retirement–Approvals Before Separation”

One of the eligibility requirements for federal disability retirement is that your agency must certify that they are unable to accommodate your medical condition causing a deficiency in your current position AND that they have considered you for any vacant position at the same agency, same grade or pay level, and in the same commuting area, for which you are qualified. But what exactly does this mean?

In this webinar, we will discuss what qualifies as accommodation and look at how it can affect your chance of approval on your federal disability retirement claim.

Other topics that will be discussed are:
• Reassignment
• Modified Job Assignments
• How far must your agency go to accommodate you
• What qualifies as accommodation and what does not.

Register here

We hope to see you all there!

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New Fall Webinar Schedule!


We just posted our new Fall webinar schedule! We love that we are able to offer FREE webinars for Federal workers. Here is the new schedule.

Wednesday, October 19th 12:00pm EST–“Myth-Busting: Federal Disability Retirement”

  • Increase your knowledge about the program—it may be critical to one of your co-workers or even you and your family because it can drastically improve a federal employees’ life. For example, an employee is allowed to work outside the federal government while drawing OPM occupational disability benefits! If you’re interested in learning the facts and discarding the myths, this webinar is for you!

Wednesday, November 16th 12:00pm EST–“OWCP Federal Worker’s Compensation vs. OPM Federal Disability Retirement”

  • If you have questions about the difference in OWCP Federal Workers’ Compensation benefits and OPM Federal Disability Retirement benefits, this webinar is for you! Federal employees are often unsure of which program they are eligible for, and the specific benefits associated with each. When making decisions about the best path for you, it’s crucial you know how to tell these two programs apart and understand how the benefits offset one another.

Thursday, December 15th 12:00pm EST–“Your Rights to Federal Disability Retirement”

  • If you are a federal employee who cannot fully perform the duties of your normal job assignment, you may qualify to leave your service position with federal disability retirement benefits. This benefit is already built into your CSRS or FERS. Many federal employees are unaware of what it is or even if they qualify. For example, did you know that your medical condition does not have to be a work-related issue or injury?

We hope you’ll join us!

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Our New Videos Page

Be sure to check out the new Videos page on! This page will be updated regularly as Harris Federal Law Firm adds more informational videos to help federal employees understand their benefits.


New Videos Page


We want to answer your questions! Please send your questions to us by email to or post them on our Facebook or Twitter accounts. We will be selecting a few questions to discuss in every episode. (Don’t worry, we will keep your identity safe!)

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Harris Federal Video Blog: Episode 3 Disability Myth-busting

Bo and the team at Harris Federal Law Firm bring another installment of the video blog to life! This time covering the four most common questions/myth asked about federal disability retirement.

Bo answers the questions “Does my medical condition have to be job related?”, “Does modified duty count as reasonable accommodation?”, “Do I have to be totally disabled to qualify?”, and “Am I allowed to work somewhere else while on Federal Disability Retirement?”

Watch the video HERE.

We will post a few articles in the next week to go into a little more detail about how these questions are answered. Make sure to subscribe to our Youtube Channel to get all of our videos as they are released.

We strive to make it easy for federal employees to find a disability retirement attorney and get their questions answered so they can make informed and wise decisions about the future of their employment. If you have questions, visit Harris Federal’s website to learn more about your options.

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Video Blog Episode 2: 3112 B Supervisor’s Statement

A question that one of our viewers asked was about the supervisor or employing agency’s role in filling out paperwork for a disability retirement application. It can be confusing and often, the supervisor can be less than helpful in this process. This could be for a variety of reasons ranging from their own lack of understanding on the issue, to a relationship problem between the supervisor and the applicant.

Bo clears up the concern for this part of the application process in the second installment of our Video Blog. While your supervisor is needed to help document the fact that a service deficiency exists, a negative comment or false information on the form often has a small impact on the whole claim if the medical evidence and the rest of the application package is completed correctly.

Remember, if you are applying for federal disability retirement, you are trying to prove that you can no longer perform useful and efficient service. Arguing with your employing agency over the factual evidence that the supervisor put in the 3112 B form may be a moot point. Consult with an attorney if you have further questions about your supervisor’s statement.

Subscribe to our video blog to learn more about the most common issues that federal employees face with disability claims. Like us on Facebook and Follow our Twitter feed to keep up to date on all the latest news and developments. This is a great opportunity to share this information with your friends and co-workers. Some of them might be struggling with their health or injury claims and you can be the one that helps them find the answers that they need.

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Video Blog Episode 2: Federal Disability Retirement Interim Payments

Bo is back with the second installment of our new Video Blog. This video is a little longer than our introduction as we explore these subjects in-depth.

The first topic in the video is federal disability retirement interim payments. As Bo discusses in the video, interim payments are given to newly approved disability retirement annuitants once the claim has been approved, but before the final calculations have been made to the permanent benefits.

OPM uses interim payments as a bridge between approval and final calculations to get some money into the hands of the approved claimant.

Bo also answers questions from our viewers in this episode talking about OWCP schedule awards calculations and 3112B Supervisor’s Statements in disability applications. Subscribe to our Youtube Channel to make sure that you don’t miss an episode of the Harris Federal Video Blog as we keep adding new videos and answering more of your questions about federal disability retirement.

Don’t forget to share this video with your friends and co-workers and visit our social media pages like Facebook and Twitter to help us spread this valuable information to all federal employees!


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