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Unfortunately, the short answer here is “not many places”.

Let’s say you are a USPS employee or other federal employee and choose not to retain an attorney to assist you with your application for federal disability retirement. Where you can you research MSPB and/or OPM Decisions on federal disability retirement issues.

I know of no places where OPM Decisions on federal disability retirement are published. This is, primarily, because such applications and decisions are a matter of individual privacy.

There are several places, however, where MSPB Decisions on appeals related to federal disability retirement are published. This list is by no means complete or exhaustive:

1) The Federal Merit Systems Reporter: A bound volume, very expensive to purchase. You will get approximately 20 updates a year with new decisions. The updates contain a subject indexing allowing you to thoroughly research a topic, a digest of cases listing decisions by subject, and case summaries. This volume may be available at a local law library, particularly if your school is in a city with an MSPB office. You may also call the law library and ask if they can order you a copy to research at the library.

2) United States Merit Systems Protection Board Reporter. Found online through Westlaw; you will have to pay a monthly subscription fee to Westlaw. The MSPR has full text of initial and final decisions of the MSPB, indexed by the West key system, and allows for confirming the validity of certain decisions.

3) Peter Broida’s “Guide to MSPB practitioners. It is quite expensive however. It summarizes the law of most every type of MSPB cases in what law students remember as “horn books”. Our Firm has an older (2004) edition; if you are interested in purchasing this copy, please give us a call or send us an email.

As you can see, for the federal employee or postal worker who is a pro se applicant for federal disability retirement, there are not many (inexpensive) resources available to help you research the law of OPM disability retirement.

No post on this website is legal advice, is meant to be legal advice, and certainly does not serve as a substitute for legal advice. Information is power, and we are providing this information to give you, the federal employee, with some power. This information is not widely or easily accessible to Federal Employees.

The Law Office of Eric Pines represents Federal employees under FERS or CSRSin their applications for federal disability retirement to OPM. If an application for federal disability retirement is denied, the Firm represents Federal employees under both FERS and CSRS in their MSPB appeals of denials of federal disability retirement applications by OPM.

It is best to consult with a lawyer familiar with Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and federal disability retirement appeals to discuss the facts and law of your particular case. If you have questions about federal disability retirement under FERS or CSRS, or OPM’s denial of your applications for federal disability retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS, contact an MSPB attorney or a Federal Disability Retirement Lawyer at the Law Office of Eric Pines to schedule a telephone consultation.

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Eric L. Pines is a nationally recognized federal employment lawyer, mediator, and attorney business coach. He represents federal employees and acts as in-house counsel for over fifty thousand federal employees through his work as a federal employee labor union representative.

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