OPM taking longer to process retirement claims

The time taken to process a retirement claim for September increased significantly for the Office of Personnel Management.

It took OPM an average of 64 days to process claims last month, the longest amount of time since January when it took an average of 63 days.

The total retirement claims backlog in September was 17,628, up from 17,513 in June, and up from its inventory in May of 18,024.

The agency received 7,142 new retirement claims, down from 8,826 in August, and processed 7,027 claims, compared with 9,647 in August.

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

Reader comments

Wed, Oct 10, 2018 R

As an admin of a group, There have been a couple of recent retires, who said they were at full retirement pay within 2 months. Is that possible ? Most take 3 months start to finish

Tue, Oct 9, 2018 Karen Washington, DC

Has OPM considered hiring retirees to help with the backload?

Tue, Oct 9, 2018 lambda5555m Atlanta

Funny, but mine took 2 1/5 years to get figured out what I get paid and then overpaid me by $42,000+ and then 8 years later they came back and told me I owed over $14,000, so watch your pay even though they approve your retirement so you don't have overpayments that they can and will collect from your retired pay...

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