OPM retirement claims processing time up, backlog down

The Office of Personnel Management reduced its retirement claims backlog in April, but the agency increased the time it took to process claims.

The total retirement claims backlog in April was 17,489, down from 18,730 in March and significantly lower than one of its highest inventories in recent years of 24,225 in February.

The agency received 8,390 new retirement claims last month and processed 9,532 claims, compared with March when the agency received 7,767 and processed 13,362 claims.

It took OPM an average of 58 days to process claims in April, increasing from an average of 49 days in March and 46 days in April.

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

Reader comments

Thu, Jul 12, 2018 Paul Florida

I had to take immediate retirement in March of 2017 because of health issues. Took 6 months to finalize my retirement, and send it on to disability retirement approval. From September of 2017, it took 5 months to get approved. My disability retirement was approved in February 2018, it took 3 months to even be assigned to someone. It's now been over 2 months sitting on someone's desk...still not processed. All my paper work is there...last day of work...years I worked at the post office...everything. You can't find out any information about your case except when it moves from one place to another. It's an embarrassment that our government treats its employees like this after 30 + years of work.

Wed, Jul 11, 2018 Meschwitz H

No loyalty to their job. Just others, get ur job then lean on that shovel

Sat, May 19, 2018

How about increasing the staff at opm to process retirements? What other job do you have to wait to retire? Disability retirements are not processed any faster, you have sick people waiting.

Tue, May 15, 2018

Wow you work 30 years plus and you have to wait a long time before the pension check comes in. My suggestion, Dr. Pon instead of reaming federal employee benefits, pay, retirement and other ill devised scheme, maybe it would be in the best interests of OPM to have a flexible dedicated staff that can process the claims at a more efficient rate? That wont happen since they keep the money longer and divide it up with the management minions.

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