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OPM retirement claims backlog increases slightly

The Office of Personnel Management received more retirement claims in July than projected—and processed fewer than it had forecast.

The Office of Personnel Management received more retirement claims in July than projected—and processed fewer than it had forecast.

OPM had expected to receive 8,000 new retirement claims in July, and to process 8,100. But the agency received 9,101 new claims in the month, and processed only 7,872—the lowest monthly total this year.

As a result, the number of backlogged claims increased by 1,229 claims—from 12,391 at the end of June to 13,620 at the end of July. That number is still less than the 14,442 backlogged claims that OPM had forecast. The agency posted the new numbers in its monthly claims processing update.

OPM also reported that in July it processed 77.9 percent of claims in 60 days or less. That is a slight improvement over 77.3 percent the prior month. OPM began providing the statistic in May.

OPM bases its projections on the average number of claims received and processed in the same month each year since 2010.

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