OPM Makes Small Gain in Retirement Backlog for September

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The Office of Personnel Management made a very slight improvement in the number of outstanding retirement applications in its retirement backlog in September.

The total number of backlogged claims went from 16,334 at the end of August to 15,146 to end September, a 7.27% decline. While this is a step in the right direction, OPM has not seen a backlog under 10,000 in over two years. The data in the latest report show the backlog has been comfortably over the 10k mark since at least October 2014.

OPM was able to process 8,134 claims in September, a 35% improvement over August. Despite slightly more new claims coming in during September, the number processed is what helped get the backlog below the 16k mark.

As the calendar year begins to draw to a close, the backlog will hopefully continue to dwindle downwards since January and February are always months which see a massive influx of new retirement applications. Last January for example, OPM’s backlog jumped 73%, and the total number in the backlog still has a ways to go before it gets down to the level where it stood at the end of last December.

The latest complete statistics are included below.

Month Claims Received Claims Processed Inventory (Steady state is 13,000) 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 36 104
Nov-14 5,746 5,844 14,039 37 107
Dec-14 4,077 6,447 11,669 45 99
Jan-15 18,629 7,662 22,636 43 91
Feb-15 9,219 7,841 24,014 33 103
Mar-15 5,478 8,898 20,594 46 99
Apr-15 6,292 8,660 18,226 49 74
May-15 7,845 10,697 15,374 47 79
Jun-15 6,920 7,783 14,511 44 99
Jul-15 9,862 7,918 16,455 45 97
Aug-15 7,341 7,446 16,350 45 98
Sep-15 6,300 7,944 14,706 43 94
Oct-15 8,374 10,438 12,642 38 86
Nov-15 6,019 6,099 12,562 37 98
Dec-15 4,753 5,916 11,399 40 104
Jan-16 15,423 7,061 19,761 38 94
Feb-16 11,293 8,362 22,692 36 96
Mar-16 5,741 9,222 19,211 44 118
Apr-16 7,241 11,935 14,517 50 92
May-16 7,210 7,692 14,035 37 103
Jun-16 5,929 6,435 13,529 37 115
Jul-16 9,238 7,205 15,562 38 110
Aug-16 6,818 6,046 16,334 42 112
Sep-16 6,946 8,134 15,146 45 100

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