OPM Makes Modest Improvement in Retirement Backlog in April

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Line graph showing the number of claims in OPM's retirement applications backlog from October 2015 to April 2017

The Office of Personnel Management was able to reduce its backlog of outstanding retirement claims by almost 8% last month.

OPM received 6,581 new claims last month but processed 8,179. That brought the backlog down from over 20,000 to 18,932. The backlog has been as high as almost 24,000 this year thanks to a surge of retirements in January.

OPM notes that the “steady state” number of backlogged claims in 13,000, so it still has quite a ways to go until it gets it back down to close to that number. It got close last June, when the backlog stood at 13,529, but it hasn’t been under 13,000 since December 2015.

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-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
Oct-16 7,326 5,795 16,677 49 91
Nov-16 5,065 5,723 16,019 48 94
Dec-16 5,483 6,405 15,097 52 95
Jan-17 15,317 7,327 23,087 53 89
Feb-17 9,114 8,285 23,916 38 104
Mar-17 7,216 10,602 20,530 38 105
Apr-17 6,581 8,179 18,932 51 80

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