Social Security disability requirements


Q. As a requirement for approval for federal disability retirement, I have filed for Social Security and was denied.

However, I was approved in February 2012 for disability under FERS.

Even after approval, am I still required to continuously apply for Social Security until I get approved even if I’m not totally disabled?

A. No.


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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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