According to its latest retirement processing status report, the Office of Personnel Management made no headway to speak of on the outstanding backlog of retirement applications.
At the end of October, the backlog stood at 12,642; as of the end of November, it was down to only 12,562, a reduction of less than 100.
OPM received 6,019 claims in November and processed 6,099 of them, hence the reason for the lack of reduction to the backlogged inventory. In October, OPM processed far more claims (10,438) so it was able to put a nice dent in the backlog.
Calm before the storm?
January is normally a month when OPM sees a massive surge in the number of retirement applications, so November was a relatively quiet month. Last January, 18,629 new claims came in which roughly doubled the size of the backlog. Unfortunately, if this coming January has anywhere near the same number of new retirement applications, the backlog may grow substantially again. The recurring pattern leaves OPM in a situation where it never seems to be able to make any headway.
As an interesting aside, I noticed that OPM has stopped including the projected figures in this report and replaced them with more detailed statistics on the number of claims processed in 60 days or less.
Up until last month, the reports included projections of the number of claims that would be received, processed and remaining in the total inventory each month (See my last article summarizing the report for reference). Perhaps including those figures put too much pressure on the agency, although there were often times when OPM would beat its own projections with the number of claims processed.
The latest figures are included in their entirety 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|