Posted on February 09, 2019 in Administrative Law
Doesn’t life’s misfortunes remind us of the Heads of Hydra? In Greek mythology, Hydra is a serpent-like creature with many heads, and no matter how many times you cut off any one of them, they just grow right back. Is it a coincidence that bad things come in bunches, and that when you solve one problem, another simply rears up its ugly head; or, like that popular arcade game, Whac-A-Mole, it simply becomes a losing proposition after a while, as no matter the extent and fervor of expenditure of effort, you cannot win. In fiction and fantasy, the “hero” somehow comes on top; perhaps, even in a battle against Hydra, there is a method to be discovered where the head is sliced off, then the opening is cauterized so that nothing can grow back. In real life, such an option never seems to be available. Federal Agencies and Postal Service units are like the multiple heads of Hydra; you can win little battles, but never the war. Perhaps it is because they have seemingly unlimited resources; and if one angle of harassment isn’t enough, they always seem to come up with another. For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who are trying to prepare an effective Federal Disability Retirement application to be filed (ultimately) with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), each of the elements in the complex administrative process should be looked upon as the “Heads of Hydra” — each of the questions posed on SF 3112A, Applicant’s Statement of Disability; SF 3112B, the Supervisor’s Statement; the medical narrative report to be obtained from the treating doctor; the treatment records gathered for the past 18 months or so; the past legal precedents that one knows about (or not); for, each and every one of them can rear their ugly and dangerous heads and bite off the capacity for a successful outcome in a Federal Disability Retirement application . As such, it may be wise to consult with an attorney who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law, lest the Heads of Hydra rear themselves up from the deep morass of the bureaucracy and attack the Federal Disability Retirement applicant with a denial from OPM.
Sincerely, Robert R. McGill, Esquire