OPM puts dent in retirement claim backlog

The Office of Personnel Management’s retirement claim backlog fell in the month of November, after several months of increases.

The total retirement claim inventory in November was 19,162, down from 19,729 in October, and up from 17,628 in September and 17,513 in August.

The agency received 7,510 new retirement claims, far less than the 9,012 new retirement claims it received the month prior.

It processed 8,077 claims in November, up from 6,911 in October.

Seventy percent of the claims were processed in 60 days or less, and average number of days for claims processed more than 60 days was 99.

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

Reader comments

Wed, Feb 13, 2019

I must be an outlier. 5 months on interim status. Wonder if it shows up in their stats.

Tue, Jan 1, 2019 Jenny Kreitel

I am told by OPM that my retirement file has been waiting to be assigned to a medical specialists since 08/21/2018. I've been told it takes4 months then 6 months, then up to a year and half. I have been the income for family so how do I live, till someone decides to review.

Tue, Dec 11, 2018 Ronny Johnson

OPM says it takes 5 to 7 weeks on average to fully process retirement claims. In the interim, you get a monthly payment that is between 40 and 80% of the full annuity. If your claim is complicated by claims made by a previous spouse or other issues, it could be up to 6 months, so you will probably need some money to male up the difference. Many people save up their annual leave to help bridge the gap.

Tue, Dec 11, 2018 Kenneth Allen Oklahoma City, OK

I submitted my retirement paperwork the last day of November and requested a retirement date of December 31, 2018. When will I be notified of my actual retirement date.

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