Q & A Session – Suing OPM for Retirement Checks


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.


I am under FERS and retired June 30, 2011. I have yet to get a full retirement check. I know I am one of many in this situation. Can retirees as a group sue OPM for our back pay with interest and penalties?


There is no authority to sue OPM. Congress, however, is closely watching OPM, which recently improved its retirement backlog.

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

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

1 Comment

  1. Very interesting… This is the United States, the place where anyone can sue for anything!!!!

    This could be a viable course to pursue. Too many failures of OPM and lack of correction resulting in hardships for many. A sad state of affairs.

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