Retirement processing times drop for first time in months

After five months of increasing, the average processing times for federal retirement claims reversed course in November. The monthly and fiscal year to date average processing times had both reached record highs of 95 days in October, but last month they decreased to 79 days and 88 days, respectively.

After November’s dramatic spike, the FYTD average processing rate is still the highest it’s been in a year. But the monthly average is now back to around what it was in February and June of this year, according to the most recent numbers from the Office of Personnel Management.

Meanwhile, OPM received 8,006 new retirement claims in November, or 260 more than the month before and 2,390 more than it received the same time last year. The number of claims processed also decreased by 2,701 claims to only 8,010 for the month of November, and the claims backlog rose by 256 claims to 26,361 still unprocessed last month.

That represents 6,339 more claims than the backlog had in November 2020, and more than twice OPM’s desired steady state of 13,000 claims in the inventory. The backlog has stayed above 20,000 claims since the beginning of this year.

Related Stories

    (Amelia Brust/Federal News Network)

    Yearly processing times for federal retirement climb to record high

    Read more
    Getty Images/iStockphoto/baramee2554businessman holding personal items box ready moving leaving company. concept layoffs.

    September retirement claims steady but not moving any faster

    Read more
    (Amelia Brust/Federal News Network)

    Federal retirement claims processing not getting any faster

    Read more



Jan 21, 2022 Close Change YTD*
L Income 23.1038 -0.0845 5.42%
L 2025 11.8829 -0.0822 9.75%
L 2030 41.7659 -0.4088 12.37%
L 2035 12.5242 -0.1347 13.43%
L 2040 47.3239 -0.556 14.51%
L 2045 12.9434 -0.1631 15.40%
L 2050 28.3195 -0.3815 16.34%
L 2055 13.8821 -0.2317 19.90%
L 2060 13.8819 -0.2317 19.90%
L 2065 13.8818 -0.2316 19.90%
G Fund 16.7517 0.0007 1.38%
F Fund 20.5326 0.0627 -1.46%
C Fund 66.4328 -1.2799 28.68%
S Fund 73.0036 -1.7193 12.45%
I Fund 38.2607 -0.4114 11.45%
Closing price updated at approx 6pm ET each business day. More at
* YTD data is updated on the last day of the month.