OPM Makes Noticeable Improvement in Reducing Retirement Backlog in April

By on May 5, 2016 in Current Events, Retirement with 14 Comments

The Office of Personnel Management was able to process far more retirement claims than it received last month, bringing the outstanding backlog down by 24%.

At the end of March, the backlog stood at 19,211 claims, but as of the end of April, it now sits at 14,517 thanks to OPM processing 11,935 claims last month. Also adding to the progress was the fact that only 7,241 new claims were received, although this was nearly 1,500 more than the number of new claims in March (5,741).

OPM hasn’t been able to get the backlog under 10,000 in the last 2 years; it stood at 11,669 at the end of December 2014 and 11,399 in December 2015.

Will this year be different? That depends, of course, on how many come in over the next few months, but if the progress of April can carry forward, it will help to continue to chip away at the backlogged inventory.

The latest complete figures are included below.

Month Claims Received Claims Processed Inventory % Processed in 60 days or less (YTD) % Processed in 60 days or less (Monthly) Avg. # of Days to Process Case in 60 days or less Avg. # of Days to Process Case in more than 60 days
Oct-14 10,155 8,785 14,137 83% 83% 36 104
Nov-14 5,746 5,844 14,039 83% 84% 37 107
Dec-14 4,077 6,447 11,669 84% 84% 45 99
Jan-15 18,629 7,662 22,636 80% 71% 43 91
Feb-15 9,219 7,841 24,014 81% 82% 33 103
Mar-15 5,478 8,898 20,594 82% 86% 46 99
Apr-15 6,292 8,660 18,226 73% 26% 49 74
May-15 7,845 10,697 15,374 68% 45% 47 79
Jun-15 6,920 7,783 14,511 69% 75% 44 99
Jul-15 9,862 7,918 16,455 69% 72% 45 97
Aug-15 7,341 7,446 16,350 70% 76% 45 98
Sep-15 6,300 7,944 14,706 70% 76% 43 94
Oct-15 8,374 10,438 12,642 74% 74% 38 86
Nov-15 6,019 6,099 12,562 76% 82% 37 98
Dec-15 4,753 5,916 11,399 78% 83% 40 104
Jan-16 15,423 7,061 19,761 79% 80% 38 94
Feb-16 11,293 8,362 22,692 80% 85% 36 96
Mar-16 5,741 9,222 19,211 82% 88% 44 118
Apr-16 7,241 11,935 14,517 80% 76% 50 92

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