FERS & CSRS Federal Disability Retirement from the Office of Personnel Management: Privacy, Social Media and Detracting Information - Administrative Law Legal Blogs Posted by Robert R. McGill - Lawyers.com

FERS & CSRS Federal Disability Retirement from the Office of Personnel Management: Privacy, Social Media and Detracting Information

In the modern age of social media, where information on what previously was considered "private" details of personal and family life is widely disseminated, freely provided, and affirmatively shared, such publicly declared information can be accessed by private, public, and government entities.  A Federal or Postal worker who is preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits from the Office of Personnel Management, should take care that publicly disseminated information does not contradict the assertions and statements made on an application for Federal Disability Retirement benefits.  While the Office of Personnel Management does not systematically engage in researching information on an applicant displayed in the social media forum; nevertheless, it is certainly "fair game" to obtain such information.  The problem with social media information posted and freely provided by individuals, including Federal and Postal Workers, is that there may be absolutely no connection between the reality and accuracy of the information posted, and the truth of the individual revealing and posting such information.  Anonymity, having a different identity — acting like a different person from the true "you" is an easy thing to do on the internet.  But if a wide disparity becomes evident between what one asserts in one arena from what is stated in an official government form under penalty of perjury, there may come a day when one is asked to explain the discrepancy.  Just a thought, for those Federal and Postal employees who are preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Sincerely, Robert R. McGill, Esquire

In the modern age of social media, where information on what previously was considered "private" details of personal and family life is widely disseminated, freely provided, and affirmatively shared, such publicly declared information

View Attorney Profile

Robert R. McGill

Licensed since 1988

Member at firm Robert R. McGill

AWARDS

Champion Badge Platinum

RECENT POSTS

  • FERS OPM Medical Retirement: Lost Causes
    Posted on August 17, 2019

         It is that famous line from the 1939 movie, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” which is evoked by the phrase, “Lost Causes” — of the near-defeated Senator Smith who reminds his father’s old friend that once upon a time, even he had believed that such were the only ones worth fighting for. It ... Read more

  • FERS OPM Medical Retirement: Implicit and Explicit
    Posted on August 16, 2019

         Say a person is playing golf, hits the ball badly and yells out loudly, “Fore!” In his mind, however, the individual has the word spelled wrongly — say, as “Four” or “For”, or any number of alternative ways. When first heard, he had thought that it was spelled in the commonplace, conventional way. ... Read more

  • FERS OPM Medical Retirement: The Stress Test
    Posted on August 15, 2019

         It is meant to determine the vulnerability of structural foundations, or to gauge whether, under certain extreme circumstances, it will withstand catastrophic levels of pressure for safety and soundness. Distress triggers the ultimate test; and whether a breaking point can be established is always a fear — of how low or high, and ... Read more

Robert R. McGill

Licensed since 1988

Member at firm Robert R. McGill

AWARDS

Champion Badge Platinum

RECENT POSTS

  • FERS OPM Medical Retirement: Lost Causes
    Posted on August 17, 2019

         It is that famous line from the 1939 movie, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” which is evoked by the phrase, “Lost Causes” — of the near-defeated Senator Smith who reminds his father’s old friend that once upon a time, even he had believed that such were the only ones worth fighting for. It ... Read more

  • FERS OPM Medical Retirement: Implicit and Explicit
    Posted on August 16, 2019

         Say a person is playing golf, hits the ball badly and yells out loudly, “Fore!” In his mind, however, the individual has the word spelled wrongly — say, as “Four” or “For”, or any number of alternative ways. When first heard, he had thought that it was spelled in the commonplace, conventional way. ... Read more

  • FERS OPM Medical Retirement: The Stress Test
    Posted on August 15, 2019

         It is meant to determine the vulnerability of structural foundations, or to gauge whether, under certain extreme circumstances, it will withstand catastrophic levels of pressure for safety and soundness. Distress triggers the ultimate test; and whether a breaking point can be established is always a fear — of how low or high, and ... Read more