Q. I applied and received Social Security and OPM disability retirement because I needed an organ transplant. After my transplant, my doctor said I am recovered and can return to my former position at the U.S. Postal Service. Once Social Security and OPM stop my disability checks, is my agency obligated to return me to duty?

A. Your former agency is encouraged to give you priority consideration, but is not required to rehire you. You’ll find the rules at Just scroll to Section 60A7.1-1 C & D, which applies to both CSRS and FERS.


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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

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