OPM’s Retirement Backlog Remains Relatively Unchanged in September

October 9, 2020 9:04 AM
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Line graph showing the trend in OPM's retirement backlog from October 2018 to September 2020

The retirement applications backlog at the Office of Personnel Management showed little change in September.

The total backlog now stands at 18,274 cases, down just slightly from August where it stood at 18,570.

6,244 claims came in during September and OPM processed 6,540. The number processed was an improvement by 12% over August in which only 5,836 were processed.

The backlog remains higher than it was around the same time period in the last two years. It was 17,376 at the end of September 2019 and 17,628 at the end of September 2018.

The latest data 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
Dec-195,2056,68716,9086662
Jan-2017,13410,05923,9835861
Feb-209,2739,62723,6295459
Mar-206,5668,93121,2646160
Apr-206,7408,11519,8896861
May-206,6488,36018,1778364
Jun-206,5557,30017,4328165
Jul-206,8196,62017,6319568
Aug-206,7755,83618,5707368
*Sep-206,2446,54018,2747369

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 47 days to complete; whereas cases that were produced in more than 60 days, on average, took 117 days to complete.

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