Retirement claim backlog falls by only 1.5% last month

After the annual spike in retirement claims submitted by federal employees at the beginning of the year, the Office of Personnel Management was only able to reduce its backlog by a few hundred claims last month.

The agency received 17,134 retirement claims in January, a huge increase compared to this time last year, when it received 13,264 claims, and the 9,273 it received in February.

Meanwhile, OPM processed 10,059 claims in January and 9,627 in February, bringing its backlog inventory to 23,629 by the end of February—only down from 23,983 in January, a reduction of 1.5%.

It took an average of 58 days to process a single claim in January and 54 days in February.

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

Reader comments

Sun, Mar 22, 2020

I retired as an annuitant on 31 Oct 2019 and haven't received payment from OPM. I had a prior retirement of 10 years of service in 1999 and was rehired Oct 2000 through Oct 31 2019. Nothing yet?

Wed, Mar 11, 2020

OPM folks do a great job processing the retirement claims. They do very well with limited resources and personnel.

Tue, Mar 10, 2020 Glenn

My first interim check was October 1. It is now approximately 160 days and still waiting to be finalized.

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