Disability retirement eligibility


Q. A little over two years ago I was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. Chemo treatments twice monthly have rendered it increasingly difficult to perform my job in an acceptable manner. On the advice of my doctors and with the support of my supervisor and agency, I am applying for disability retirement. I have almost 22 years with the federal government, and I am under FERS. I submitted my application to the Social Security Administration and was immediately advised that I was not eligible because 1) I am still working; and 2) I make more than $1,000 per week. I must work in order to keep my health insurance. Sick leave balances are quickly being exhausted. Please advise if this initial decision is, in fact, correct.

A. Yes, what you were told by the Social Security Administration is correct.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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