Retirement claims backlog reached 24k last month

The Office of Personnel Management’s inventory of retirement claims awaiting to be processed continues to inch up over the last couple of months.

The total retirement claims backlog in February was 24,225, up from 20,467 in January and 14,515 at the end of 2017, which was the lowest it has been since June 2017 when the backlog was at 14,530.

The agency received 13,290 new retirement claims last month and processed 9,532 of those claims, compared with January when the agency received 14,590 and processed 8,368.

The new figures are from OPM’s monthly claims processing progress report available on the OPM website.

Reader comments

Mon, May 7, 2018 Shelley

The Army Benefits Center told me it would take 4-6 months to process my final retirement amount. I am thinking that's a best case scenario at this point with everyone jumping ship.

Thu, Apr 19, 2018 Jasmine

After applying for a disability retirement, I was told it would take 11 months to process. Craziness!

Wed, Apr 4, 2018 Ken

So what does that backlog translate into? Does it mean that if I submit my retirement packet in February that I won't get a check until December?

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