OPM Reduces Retirement Backlog 6.6% in April

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Line graph showing progress of OPM's retirement claims backlog from October 2016 to April 2018

The Office of Personnel Management made a small reduction to its outstanding backlog of retirement claims in April. The total backlog went down by 1,241, a 6.6% reduction.

At the end of March, the backlog was at 18,730. In April, OPM was able to get it under 18,000. The agency is also ahead of where it was last April when the backlog was at 18,932.

For comparison, at the end of April in 2016, OPM’s backlog was at 14,517 and 18,226 in April 2015. OPM processed many more claims in April 2016 (11,935) which was the reason for the significant improvement versus the other years.

OPM also said that it took 58 days, on average, to process claims last month. This is markedly better than a year ago when it was taking 72 days.

The latest complete statistics are included below.

What is Your Experience?

Some of our readers have reported delays in processing their retirement applications, and with a backlog that is consistently this high that is perhaps not surprising.

Last month, for example, these comments were left on my article summarizing the March retirement processing statistics:

Not everyone has had a bad experience, however. This is another recent comment recounting a fast turnaround with the retirement application process:

What has your experience been with the retirement application process, good or bad? Share your story in the comments at the end of the article.

Month Claims Received Claims Processed Inventory (Steady state goal is 13,000) Monthly Average Processing Time in Days FYTD Average Processing Time in Days
Oct-16 7,326 5,795 16,677 67 67
Nov-16 5,065 5,723 16,019 66 66
Dec-16 5,483 6,405 15,097 74 69
Jan-17 15,317 7,327 23,087 75 71
Feb-17 9,114 8,285 23,916 56 67
Mar-17 7,216 10,602 20,530 61 66
Apr-17 6,581 8,179 18,932 72 67
May-17 5,548 8,340 16,140 71 67
Jun-17 6,141 7,751 14,530 68 67
Jul-17 10,070 7,509 17,091 67 67
Aug-17 7,136 7,102 17,125 65 67
Sep-17 8,810 9,107 16,828 62 67
Oct-17 8,850 6,818 18,860 64 64
Nov-17 5,572 5,138 19,294 68 66
Dec-17 5,568 10,347 14,515 60 63
Jan-18 14,590 8,638 20,467 63 63
Feb-18 13,290 9,532 24,225 46 59
Mar-18 7,767 13,262 18,730 49 57
Apr-18 8,390 9,631 17,489 58 57

 

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