Q. I first applied for OPM disability retirement in 2008, submitting in a statement of disability, but nothing else. An OPM time-stamped copy was sent back to me. A few years passed, and I applied for Social Security disability. I was approved in 2014. I sent my Social Security disability approval documents to OPM to complete my OPM disability and was assigned a case number. What are my chances for approval?
A. Excellent, because the criteria for receiving Social Security disability benefits are much higher than those for disability retirement. In the former, you must be unable to perform any gainful employment. In the latter, you must only be unable to perform the duties of your current position or one at the same grade or pay level for which you are qualified.