Having two hands in and of itself does not guarantee cooperation of effort or a manifestation of
symphonic coordination. If the two hands (or more) are contributed by two or more people,
without a central cognitive control center, there can be an undermining of efforts precisely because
each hand is attempting to engage in an activity independent of
the other. Thus it is with the attempt by an injured or disabled Federal Worker to formulate a Federal Disability
Retirement application through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether under FERS or CSRS;
and, similarly, the identical concept of cooperative efforts applies to the agencies themselves, if
seen as entities with "hands". The problem, of course, is that OPM is a separate
agency from the Federal or Postal entity through which the Federal or Postal employee submits an application. While the Federal
Agency may believe that certain actions definitively settle an issue regarding Federal Disability
Retirement, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management is neither bound by, nor even required to
acknowledge, the validity of any such determination. Thus, for example, a particular agency
may search for a way to "accommodate" a Federal Worker's medical conditions, and may assert that they cannot
provide a reasonable accommodation. OPM may look at that and declare that the
mere fact that an agency says so, does not mean that the Federal Worker cannot still engage in
"useful or efficient" service. Contradiction? Inherent confusion? Or misunderstanding of the law?
It is like the man with the bionic arm: until the arm can become in sync with the mind
of the operator, it is the same as if one only has one arm. Ultimately, such questions are a
"matter of law", and OPM is almost always wrong with respect to the law. It is up to
the applicant, or his/her attorney, to point it out, and to make sure that the two hands become
coordinated in arriving at an approval of a Federal or Postal Disability Retirement
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