Medical disability delay


Q. How long after the last day of a pay period should one begin receiving their first annuity check? My former human resources department placed a remedy ticket with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, yet still no paycheck. The DFAS received my Office of Personnel Management paperwork five days after the last day of the pay period.

A. According to OPM, “Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations specifies the annuity commencing dates. For disability applications, the date the annuity begins is either the date after the last day of pay or the day following separation. The check dated the first of the month represents benefits for the preceding thirty days.”


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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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