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OPM retirement claims backlog went up in June

After consecutive months of experiencing small declines in its retirement claims backlog, the Office of Personnel Management’s inventory shot back up last month.

The agency’s backlog stood at 18,501 at the end of June, compared with April and May when it was at 17,802 and 17,228, respectively.

However, OPM did receive more claims than in previous months, having accepted 8,201 claims in June, compared to 7,877 in May and 6,993 in April.

It also only processed 6,928 claims last month, down from 9,391 in April and 8,454 in May.

OPM took an average of 60 days to process claims in June, which was comparable to 62 days in May, but up from 56 days in April.

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

Reader comments

Fri, Aug 9, 2019

The folks that process retirement packages at OPM do a great job. I know no one appreciates the hard work they do.

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