Disability and OPM


Q. How much money can you make per year if you have a disability with OPM? Furthermore, how do you change your disability status if you have two impairments on record?

A. You can earn up to 80 percent of the current rate of pay for the position you held when you were placed on disability retirement. If you exceed that amount, your disability annuity will be suspended. If your income falls below that level and you are still disabled, it can be restored.

Your disability retirement is based on your inability to provide useful and efficient service in the performance of your job or one for which you are qualified at the same grade and/or pay. Since you are required to provide evidence of your continued disability to OPM every year, if something has changed, you can report that fact to them at that time.


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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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