Expert's View

OPM recently announced a new expedited process to speed the review and approval of retirement cases where an employee has a limited life expectancy. This time I want to explain how OPM will determine if a case meets the criteria for special handling.

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To make that determination, OPM is asking that agencies follow these guidelines:


1. If the medical documentation indicates the employee has a limited life expectancy.
2. If one of the following medical conditions are documented, they also qualify for the expedited handling.

Aortic stenosis which is severe and cannot be corrected
Metastatic and/or inoperable neoplasms
Class IV Cardiac disease with congestive heart failure
Respiratory failure, chronic and progressive
Cor pulmonale with respiratory failure
Emphysema with respiratory failure
Severe cardiomyopathy – Class IV
Aplastic anemia
Uncontrollable hypertension with hypertensive encephalopathy
Cardiac aneurysm not amenable to surgical treatment
Sever, chronic hepatic failure
Severe hypoxic brain damage (encephalopathy)
Severe portal hypertension with esophageal varices
AIDS (active – not AIDS related complex or seropositivity)
Scleroderma with severe esophageal involvement
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, rapidly progressive)
Huntington’s disease
End-stage sclerops
End-stage Parkinson’s disease
End-stage renal disease which cannot receive dialysis or transplantation
Quadriplegia with life-threatening complications

While none of us would wish to have one of these life shortening diseases, it’s good to know that OPM has speeded up the process by which such retirements can be processed. It’s a burden that will be lifted from the survivors.

P.S. You may be wondering what happens if someone suffering from a limited life expectancy condition recovers. Will the retirement be voided? No it won’t.