Award of disability retirement annuity on appeal to the MSPB for EEO Counselor at the DOI
Attorney Elliott Andalman successfully obtained a federal disability retirement annuity on appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) for a federal employee who worked for the Department of Interior (DOI) as a Senior Equal Employment Opportunity Counselor. The annuitant suffered emotional impairments including major depression. Without legal counsel, annuitant filed for a federal disability retirement annuity, which was denied on initial application and again on reconsideration. Annuitant then sought our assistance for filing an appeal to the MSPB. Attorney Andalman obtained additional medical documentation and convinced OPM to grant annuitant’s application for a federal disability annuity without the necessity of a hearing.