OPM's Retirement Backlog Continues to Grow

By on March 10, 2014 in Current Events, Retirement with 25 Comments

The outstanding backlog of retirement claims grew again in February according to new data from the Office of Personnel Management.

The number of backlogged claims grew to 23,554 last month from 21,296 in January (a 10.6% increase). OPM received 12,025 claims in February, down from 17,383 in January. The agency was also able to process more in February than in January (9,767 claims were processed last month).

The complete retirement processing status report 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 8,104 10,955 22,750
Sep-13 8,400 9,500 22,242 5,800 10,831 17,719
Oct-13 8,400 11,500 19,142 7,484 11,027 14,176
Nov-13 8,400 11,500 16,042 5,672 5,714 14,134
Dec-13 8,400 11,500 12,942 4,952 6,449 12,637
Jan-14 19,000 8,700 23,242 17,383 8,724 21,296
Feb-14 9,800 9,400 23,642 12,025 9,767 23,554
Mar-14 6,400 10,400 19,642 not available not available not available
Apr-14 6,500 9,300 16,842 not available not available not available
May-14 6,800 9,000 14,642 not available not available not available

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