Retirement Backlog Relatively Unchanged in May

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By on June 5, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Line graph showing the progression of the backlog of retirement claims at OPM from October 2017 to May 2019

The backlog of outstanding retirement claims at the Office of Personnel Management showed little change last month.

OPM received 7,877 new claims in May and processed 8,451 to bring the total backlog down to 17,228, a reduction of only 3.2%. The backlog at this time last year was 18,204, so there has been an improvement over last year in that regard.

OPM came in a little bit slower on its processing time in May over the previous month, taking an average of 62 days in May to process claims versus 56 in April. It also processed more in April than in May which resulted in a larger reduction in the backlog in April.

The latest complete statistics are included below.

MonthClaims ReceivedClaims ProcessedInventory (Steady state goal is 13,000)Monthly Average Processing Time in DaysFYTD Average Processing Time in Days
Oct-178,8506,81818,8606464
Nov-175,5725,13819,2946866
Dec-175,56810,34714,5156063
Jan-1814,5908,63820,4676363
Feb-1813,2909,53224,2254659
Mar-187,76713,26218,7304957
Apr-188,3909,63117,4895857
May-187,6257,09018,0245858
Jun-189,3979,22318,1986559
Jul-188,2818,14518,3345759
Aug-188,8269,64717,5135658
Sep-187,1427,02717,6286459
Oct-189,0126,91119,7296363
Nov-187,5108,07719,1626162
Dec-185,7826,92518,0196061
Jan-1913,2648,16223,1215860
Feb-1910,79210,54323,3705857
Mar-1910,04813,21720,2015055
Apr-196,9939,39217,8025655
May-197,8778,45117,2286256

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