OPM’s Retirement Backlog Drops Below 15,000

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Chart showing the OPM retirement processing statistics from October 2015 to June 2017

The Office of Personnel Management was able to make further reductions to its retirement claims backlog in June, bringing the outstanding backlog down to below 15,000 for the first time since June of 2016.

According to the latest report, the backlog went from 16,140 at the end of May to 14,530 at the end of June, a 10% reduction. The drop was due to 1,610 more claims than received during the month.

OPM also said that 62% of the retirement applications received in June were processed in 60 days or less and that it took 47 days on average to process a case in under 60 days.

Over the course of the last year, the backlog bottomed in June 2016 and then experienced a general upward trend thereafter with a particularly dramatic spike in January and February of this year. This is the typical pattern as many federal employees retire at the end of the calendar year. OPM considers its “steady state” inventory of backlogged claims to be 13,000, a number the backlog has not been at or below since December 2015.

The latest complete figures 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
Jun-17 6,141 7,751 14,530 47 99

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