OPM Slowly Chipping Away at Retirement Backlog

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Scatter plot graph showing OPM's retirement processing statistics from October 2015 - May 2017

The Office of Personnel Management made a noticeable improvement to the outstanding backlog of retirement claims in May.

OPM received 5,548 new claims in May but was able to process 8,340, 2% more than it processed in April. That led to bringing the backlog down from 18,932 to 16,140, a reduction of almost 15%.

OPM said that 44% of the retirement applications in May were processed in 60 days or less.

Despite the improvement, the backlog is still 13% higher than it was at this time last year when it stood at 14,035.

OPM has previously defined the “steady state” of the backlog to be 13,000. According to its strategic plan for processing retirement applications, “By having no more than 13,000 claims on hand, the staff will be able to adjudicate 90 percent of all the claims covered by this plan within 60 days.”

The last time the backlog was at 13,000 or less was at the end of December 2015.

The latest complete retirement applications processing 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
May-17 5,548 8,340 16,140 48 89

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