OPM’s Retirement Backlog Grows by 13% in July

By on August 6, 2015 in Retirement with 18 Comments

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The Office of Personnel Management has released its monthly retirement application processing statistics, and the news is not good for recently retired federal employees who may be hoping for an expeditious handling of their retirement application.

The data show that the outstanding backlog of retirement claims grew by just over 13% in July, going from 14,511 at the end of June to 16,455 at the end of July.

This has to be an ongoing frustration for the agency since it seems OPM will take one step forward and then two steps backwards in its progress with reducing the backlog of claims. In May for example, OPM was able to reduce the backlog by almost 16% only to see it grow again this past month.

The backlog growth was due to an influx of 9,862 new claims received during the month of July. Of the new ones received, OPM was able to process 7,918, slightly more than were processed in June but still not enough to stop the backlog from growing considerably.

OPM had estimated that the backlog would stand at 11,442 at the end of July, so it missed that mark by about 44%. However, it had only anticipated receiving 8,000 new claims in July.

July 2014 was also a big month for receiving new retirement applications. 9,101 were received at the same time last year, however, the backlog at that time stood at 13,620, so it is now 21% higher a year later.

Have you retired recently? How has the application process been for you? Share your experiences in the comments below.

The latest complete statistics are included below.

Month Projected Claims Received Projected Claims Processed Projected Inventory Claims Received Claims Processed Inventory % Processed in 60 days or less (TYD)
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 6,831 11,812 18,573
Apr-14 6,500 9,300 16,842 8,047 10,002 16,618
May-14 6,800 9,000 14,642 8,431 10,498 14,551 76.6%
Jun-14 8,000 8,100 14,542 6,627 8,787 12,391 77.3%
Jul-14 8,000 8,100 14,442 9,101 7,872 13,620 77.9%
Aug-14 7,400 8,000 13,842 6,795 7,318 13,097 78.5%
Sep-14 7,300 8,000 13,142 6,350 6,680 12,767 78.8%
Oct-14 7,800 8,500 12,442 10,155 8,785 14,137 83.2%
Nov-14 7,600 7,800 12,242 5,746 5,844 14,039 83.4%
Dec-14 5,600 6,500 11,342 4,077 6,447 11,669 83.7%
Jan-15 19,000 8,700 21,642 18,629 7,662 22,636 80.2%
Feb-15 9,700 9,800 21,542 9,219 7,841 24,014 80.6%
Mar-15 6,400 11,000 16,942 5,478 8,898 20,594 81.6%
Apr-15 6,700 9,600 14,042 6,292 8,660 18,226 72.6%
May-15 7,100 9,100 12,042 7,845 10,697 15,374 68.0%
Jun-15 7,500 8,000 11,542 6,920 7,783 14,511 68.7%
Jul-15 8,000 8,100 11,442 9,862 7,918 16,455 69.0%
Aug-15 7,400 7,600 11,242 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Sep-15 7,300 7,500 11,042 n/a n/a n/a n/a

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