OPM Sees Very Slight Increase in Retirement Backlog in June

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Line chart showing the numbers of outstanding claims in OPM's retirement backlog from October 2016 to June 2018

The backlog of outstanding retirement applications at the Office of Personnel Management ticked up every so slightly last month.

The total backlog went from 18,024 at the end of May to 18,198 at the end of June, a .97% increase. The backlog is significantly higher (25%) than it was at the same time a year ago when it stood at 14,530.

OPM received 9,397 new claims in June and processed 9,223 which is what led to the small increase. On average, it took OPM 65 days to process each application in June, a 12% increase over May.

The Trump administration has proposed reorganization plans for federal agencies which could potentially move the responsibility for handling the retirement applications away from OPM. It’s unknown at this point if the proposals will even go through or if they did what it might mean for functions such as handling the retirement applications.

The latest data from OPM are included below.

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
May-18 7,625 7,090 18,024 58 58
Jun-18 9,397 9,223 18,198 65 59

 

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