The backlog of retirement applications at the Office of Personnel Management spiked by almost 18% last month. The surge was due to an influx of new applications received in July.
OPM received 10,070 new claims in July but only processed 7,509, bringing the total backlog up to 17,091. It stood at 14,530 at the end of June.
OPM processed 59% of the applications in July in 60 days or less. The agency did not process as many claims in July as it has in past months, also contributing to the growth of the backlog. In March, for instance, OPM processed 10,602 applications and over 8,000 in April and May.
The backlog at the end of July one year ago stood at 15,562, almost 10% lower than today. There were 9,238 new claims received in July 2016, somewhat less than this year.
The latest 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|