OPM’s Retirement Backlog Tops 18k in November

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Line graph showing the trend in OPM's retirement backlog from October 2018 to November 2019

In what is often a slower time of year for new retirement claims, the Office of Personnel Management saw its retirement backlog grow in November.

The backlog went from 17,882 to 18,390, a 2.84% increase. This came thanks to 7,822 new claims coming in during November, considerably higher than the 7,044 from October and also almost 5% higher than November 2018. 

OPM processed more claims in November than it did the previous month but it did so on a slightly slower pace, 62 days on average versus 59 days in October.

The latest complete data 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-189,0126,91119,7296363
Nov-187,5108,07719,1626162
Dec-185,7826,92518,0196061
Jan-1913,2648,16223,1215860
Feb-1910,79210,54323,3704657
Mar-1910,04813,21720,2015055
Apr-196,9939,39217,8025655
May-197,8778,45117,2286256
Jun-198,2016,92818,5016056
Jul-198,0008,08818,4135556
Aug-198,8789,71517,5765056
Sep-197,4567,65617,3765756
Oct-197,0446,53817,8825959
Nov-197,8227,31418,3906261

*Disability determinations are only included in the pending number after approval.

**Pending retirement cases produced in less than 60 days, on average took 36 days to complete; whereas cases that were produced in more than 60 days, on average, took 130 days to complete.

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