OPM’s Retirement Backlog Tops 20k in January

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Line chart showing the progression of the backlog of OPM's retirement claims from October 2016 to January 2018

Thanks to the usual surge of new retirement applications in January, the Office of Personnel Management saw its retirement backlog shoot above 20,000 last month.

OPM received 14,590 new claims in January but was only able to process 8,638. The total backlog now sits at 20,467, a 41% increase over the previous month.

As bad as that sounds, it was higher last January when it hit 23,087. OPM also received more applications in the previous three Januarys: January 2017 (15,317), January 2016 (15,423) and January 2015 (18,629). The highest the total backlog has been during that time was 24,014 at the end of February 2015.

February is typically a month in which a larger than usual number of new applications are submitted by retiring federal employees, so the backlog stands to grow even more this month. We will find out in early March how it fares.

The latest complete backlog data 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-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
Jul-17 10,070 7,509 17,091 45 98
Aug-17 7,136 7,102 17,125 47 105
Sep-17 8,810 9,107 16,828 45 93
Oct-17 8,850 6,818 18,860 44 93
Nov-17 5,572 5,138 19,294 46 97
Dec-17 5,568 10,347 14,515 43 96
Jan-18 14,590 8,638 20,467 35 100

 

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