The Office of Personnel Management processed fewer retirement cases in August than it did the month before, but the ones that were processed were done at a much faster average pace than had been done in July.
OPM only processed 5,836 claims in August which drove the backlog back up over 18,000 (18,570). 6,775 new claims came in during the month which is fewer than in July.
However, the average processing time was markedly better than in July. Processing time was 73 days on average in August whereas it had been 95 in July, an improvement of 23%. That is still higher than at any point in OPM’s latest data snapshot which dates back to October 2018, but the turnaround from July is noteworthy.
The backlog bottomed in June but has seen a slow uphill climb since then and is now higher than were it was in May; it is almost 6% higher than it was last year at this time. May is also where the average processing time figures suddenly took a jump up from where they had been running (61 in March; 68 in April).
The latest complete 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|
Average Processing Time in Days represents the number of days starting when OPM receives the retirement application through final adjudication.
*Initial retirement cases produced in less than 60 days, on average took 45 days to complete; whereas cases that were produced in more than 60 days, on average, took 118 days to complete.