3 Things You Need to Know About OPM
Federal Workers' Compensation
The Office of Personnel Management is a federal outlet which handles all federal disability compensation applications. It is staffed by a bit over a dozen legal representatives and not that many personnel, making their work challenging. It takes anywhere between 6 months to a year to have an application approved, and it is always a good idea to know a bit about the agency so the whole process is demystified and your anxiety during the waiting time is alleviated.
OPM Decisions Can Be Appealed
If you’ve decided to get out of work due to a debilitating health condition, it can seem like the end of the world when you take a look at your application progress and realize that you’ve been denied compensation. However, what a lot of people don’t know is that their decision can be appealed by way of filing with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). That being said, you want to make sure you do this in a timely manner to keep your case details fresh and ensure personnel is amenable to your appeal.
OPM Personnel Want Efficient and Complete Forms
It is very important to have all your forms in order, properly filled. At the same time, you want to make sure that your medical reports are detailed and matter-of-fact so that whoever is considering your application has an easy time determining what you’re eligible for at first glance. This may require that you work with a good federal disability compensation attorney before sending your application off to ensure accuracy.
OPM Likes Proactive Applicants
It is important to note that OPM moves slowly. As a result, you want to push the process along by making calls to the agency as well as write emails. You also want to document all communication and pay attention to the names and positions of personnel that you interact with should you be hit by a denial later on. By being proactive, you will draw attention to your case and help move it along to the top of the pile in comparison with someone who just sits there, waiting for OPM’s final decision.
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