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By Debra Roth

Q & A Session – Oversight of OPM’s Retirement Program

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Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.

Q:

Why doesn’t the Office of Personnel Management answer any inquiries from me or my Senator or Congressman? I have been waiting more than 12 months for OPM to correct my disability retirement. Now I am in a financial disaster because OPM has taken an unreasonable amount of time to correct my disability retirement after Social Security stopped my benefits. Why is OPM exempt from any oversight or scrutiny? I guess it is time to go to the press…

A:

You are certainly free to go to the press. The Office of Personnel Management is under tremendous scrutiny for its administration of the retirement program. I don’t know why they don’t answer your inquiries or correct your situation.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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