FERS & CSRS Federal Disability Retirement from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management: The Process of Decision-making

It is both informative and interesting to observe various personalities in the thought-process of decision-making.  Some will merely be silent and ponder for hours, days, and weeks (or longer), as if time alone with resolve an issue; others will be proactive and aggressively inquire, gather further facts; still others will make a quick and decisive stand, with little thought or reflection.  Then, of course, there are those who rely upon "gut instinct"; others who apply a methodological paradigm where each criteria must be satisfied and checked off before a decision is made; and some who "hedge their bets" and make a contingent decision, which is often no decision at all. For Federal and Postal employees who are contemplating filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether under FERS or CSRS, the luxury of time often works against them. Time is the great decider of fate; for, whether because of financial reasons, Statute of Limitations, or impending adverse actions proposed by the agency, time constraints must always be factored into the process of decision-making. Wait too long, and it may be too late; wait not long enough, and an opportunity presently unforeseen may have manifested itself.  Time, in its essence, is both the outside influence and the internal trigger, and the time one takes in pondering the proper decision is often the indicator of whether it is the right or wrong decision.

Sincerely, Robert R. McGill, Esquire

It is both informative and interesting to observe various personalities in the thought-process of decision-making.  Some will merely be silent and ponder for hours, days, and weeks (or longer), as if time alone with resolve an issue; others will be proactive and aggressively inquire, gather further facts; still others will make a quick and decisive stand, with little thought or reflection.  Then, of course, there are those who rely upon "gut instinct";

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Licensed since 1988

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