Retirement Backlog Grows for Third Month in a Row

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Line graph showing the trends in OPM's retirement backlog from October 2016 to July 2018

The backlog of outstanding retirement applications at the Office of Personnel Management grew larger in July despite fewer claims coming in than in the previous month.

The backlog edged slightly higher, going from 18,198 to 18,334. The uptick occurred despite receiving over 1,000 fewer claims than in June.

8,281 new claims came in during July and OPM processed 8,145. The backlog has increased 4.8% since April and is also 7% higher than last July.

The average processing time did improve in July; it took 57 days on average versus 65 in June. More claims were processed in June, however (9,223 versus 8,145 in July).

The latest complete statistics 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
Jul-18 8,281 8,145 18,334 57 59

 

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