5 U.S. Code § 8451 - Disability retirement
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(A) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), an employee shall not be eligible for disability retirement under this section if the employee has declined a reasonable offer of reassignment to a vacant position in the employee’s agency for which the employee is qualified if the position—
is at the same grade (or pay level) as the employee’s most recent grade (or pay level) or higher;
is within the employee’s commuting area; and
is one in which the employee would be able to render useful and efficient service.
For purposes of subparagraph (A), an employee of the United States Postal Service shall not be considered qualified for a position if such position is in a different craft or if reassignment to such position would be inconsistent with the terms of a collective-bargaining agreement covering the employee.
An employee or Member retiring under this section is entitled to an annuity computed under section 8452.
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