OPM retirement claims backlog increases

The Office of Personnel Management’s inventory of retirement claims increased last month by about 1,500 claims—and ended the month with a total that stood about 4,000 claims higher than at the same time last year.

OPM counted 16,677 claims in its inventory at the end of last month, up from 15,146 claims at the end of September. That compares to 12,642 claims at the end of October 2015.

The agency processed fewer claims than it received in October, taking in 7,326 new claims, but processing only 5,795. In September, OPM processed 8,134 claims.

Of the claims the agency processed last month, 58 percent were processed in 60 days or less, with an average of 49 days for those claims—four days longer than in September. Claims that required more than 60 days to process took an average of 91 days, down from 100 days the prior month.

The new figures came from OPM’s monthly claims processing progress report.

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Mon, Nov 7, 2016 California

I retired on September 3rd 2016 and haven't received a interim payment to date. I'm wondering how long it takes to receive an interim payment.

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