Retirement Claims Up, Backlog Down

By on September 5, 2012 in Current Events with 11 Comments

According to OPM’s latest monthly report on the status of processing its backlog of retirement claims, the outstanding number was reduced slightly in August, down from 44,679 to 41,787, a roughly 6.47% reduction.

The number of new claims received was up over the number in July. 8,973 new claims arrived in August versus 8,660 in July. OPM processed 11,865 in August, down from 12,304 in July, although this number was still higher than the 11,500 projected to be processed in August.

OPM also is ahead of its projected backlog so far: in August, this number was expected to be 47,478 but is down to 41,787.

Here’s how the figures stack up for 2012:

Month Projected Claims Received Projected Claims Processed Projected
Inventory (inventory plus claims less processed)
Actual Claims Received Actual Claims Processed Inventory (inventory plus claims less processed)
Jan-12 21,000 8,000 61,378 21,479 8,749 61,108
Feb-12 5,600 8,300 58,678 6,415 9,953 57,570
Mar-12 5,000 8,300 55,378 7,090 12,386 52,274
Apr-12 8,000 8,300 55,078 6,770 8,028 51,016
May-12 8,000 8,500 54,578 7,523 9,066 49,473
Jun-12 8,000 8,500 54,078 7,814 8,964 48,323
Jul-12 8,400 11,500 50,978 8,660 12,304 44,679
Aug-12 8,000 11,500 47,478 8,973 11,865 41,787

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