OPM Still Has Sizable Retirement Claims Backlog

By on August 6, 2013 in Current Events, Retirement with 24 Comments

As of the end of July, OPM still had over 25,000 outstanding retirement claims in its inventory. However, that number is down from almost 45,000 last July.

OPM received 7,783 new claims in July and was able to process 7,724, roughly keeping pace with the new ones. In March, April, and May, OPM was able to process quite a few more than were received which helped reduce the backlog. Despite this improvement, the Washington Post recently reported that OPM will miss its goal of clearing the backlog this year.

The latest inventory breakdown follows below:

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)
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
Sep-12 7,000 11,500 42,978 11,952 12,563 41,176
Oct-12 7,000 11,500 38,478 8,138 12,228 37,086
Nov-12 7,000 11,500 33,978 6,584 11,966 31,704
Dec-12 7,000 11,500 29,478 5,152 10,454 26,402
Jan-13 21,000 11,500 38,978 22,187 12,527 36,062
Feb-13 5,600 11,500 33,078 20,374 15,333 41,103
Mar-13 5,000 11,500 26,578 10,183 14,683 36,603
Apr-13 8,000 11,500 23,078 7,059 13,582 30,080
May-13 8,000 11,500 26,210 7,084 10,954 26,210
Jun-13 8,000 9,500 25,542 8,015 8,683 25,542
Jul-13 8,400 9,500 24,442 7,783 7,724 25,601
Aug-13 8,400 9,500 23,342
Sep-13 8,400 9,500 22,242
Oct-13 8,400 11,500 19,142
Nov-13 8,400 11,500 16,042
Dec-13 8,400 11,500 12,942
Jan-14 20,000 11,500 21,442
Feb-14 8,400 11,500 18,342
Mar-14 8,400 11,500 15,242
Apr-14 8,400 9,500 14,142
May-14 8,400 9,500 13,042

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