OPM Makes Slight Improvement to Retirement Backlog in June

By on July 5, 2016 in Current Events, Retirement with 8 Comments

The Office of Personnel Management was able to process more outstanding claims than it received last month to help send the backlog of retirement claims slightly lower in June.

OPM received 5,929 new claims and processed 6,435 to bring the backlog down to 13,529, a 3.6% reduction but still well above the 10k mark.

Although it stayed ahead of the number of new claims received, OPM processed far fewer claims in June than it did in May which led to a smaller reduction in the backlog had it stayed on the pace from the previous month. In May, OPM was able to process 7,692 claims, 16% more than it processed in June.

The backlog reached its bottom last December when it stood at 11,399 only to see the backlog more than double in January. If the trend of a surge of new claims in January continues, the backlog is not likely to get under the 10,000 mark anytime soon.

The latest complete figures are included below.

Month Claims Received Claims Processed Inventory (Steady state is 13,000) % 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
May-16 7,210 7,692 14,035 80% 75% 37 103
Jun-16 5,929 6,435 13,529 79% 75% 37 115

 

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