Administrative Medals and Awards 2007
GEORGE F. MAND AWARD
BOARD OF TRUSTEES UNIT
Lavonne Allen, Lei Tian, Regina Prokofyeva, Malgorzata Kapusta-Simak
Reduced pension case backlogs for line-of-duty, disabled Firefighters
Under Director Lei Tian’s leadership, the
Board of Trustees Unit streamlined the
work process as it pertains to pension cases
for line-of-duty, disabled Firefighters.
By mid-2006, Ms. Tian and her staff resolved
most of the backlogged cases dating from 2002 to
2005. They shortened the disability retirement
application wait time from nine months to a most
manageable four to seven weeks.
Their efforts greatly benefited both the Firefighters
and the Fire Department. Disabled Firefighters
and Officers now can retire and receive
their pensions more quickly. Simultaneously, the
Department can resolve the employment status of
retiring members and more quickly fill the open
slots left by their retirements.
Additionally, the members of the Board of
Trustees Unit continue to help retired Firefighters
process their World Trade Center applications.
Despite an enormous 176 percent increase in the
number of these applications, the Unit personnel
continue to thoroughly prepare each case in an efficient
For their valued contributions to streamlining
this work process for pension cases of line-of-duty,
disabled Firefighters, the above-listed members of
the Board of Trustees Unit are presented with the
George F. Mand Award.
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