OPM’s Retirement Backlog Grows 7% in June

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

The number of outstanding retirement claims in the backlog at the Office of Personnel Management increased to 18,501 in June or 7.4% over the previous month.

The increase was the result of OPM processing the smallest number of claims in a single month so far this year (6,928). In other months in 2019, it has processed as many as 13,000 in one month. That, combined with a slightly higher than number of incoming claims, pushed the backlog up over 18,000. However, the backlog is right around where it was at this time last year.

The Government Accountability Office recently released a report on OPM’s backlog in which it said that OPM isn’t even meeting its own stated goals in keeping up with the retirement backlog. Problems GAO cited that contributed to the situation were that OPM has failed to follow good project management practices in past efforts to modernize its retirement processing process, relying on outdated procedures, and staffing shortages.

The latest complete retirement processing statistics from OPM 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
Jun-198,2016,92818,5016056

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