Hiring people with disabilities by federal government


Q. If you have been a federal employee but retired on disability, can you be rehired as a disabled employee?

A. A disability annuitant may be re-employed in a temporary or permanent position and given the same type of appointment given to any other person appointed to the position. It isn’t necessary for OPM to find you recovered before the agency appoints you to a permanent position. However, if the medical requirements of the position are similar to those of the position from which you retired or there is a reasonable question of your ability to perform the work, the agency may conduct a pre-employment examination or require the submission of medical documentation before appointment. If you are re-employed and still considered to be disabled, the salary of your new position will be reduced by the amount you are receiving in your annuity. If your annuity is terminated, you would receive the salary of the new position.


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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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