After a sharp rise in the federal retirement processing backlog in January, the numbers dropped last month — but still about equal to 2019 levels.
Just like the year before, December saw a drop in the number of federal retirement claims received by the Office of Personnel Management compared to the previous month.
The inspector general at the Office of Personnel Management said the uncertainty surrounding the agency’s proposed merger with the General Services Administration is continued concern headed in 2020.
The Office of Personnel Management in October received the lowest number of retirement claims in a month since April, but the agency’s claims backlog grew for the first time since June.
The Office of Personnel Management reported fewer retirement claims received last month, as well as fewer processed, compared to the month prior.
The Office of Personnel Management lacks a clear vision and a specific IT strategy to modernize its retirement claims process, the Government Accountability Office argued. OPM, however, attributes its challenges to a lack of funding, leadership and staffing challenges.
For now, the 35-day government shutdown does not seem to have caused a massive increase in federal retirement, despite predictions to the contrary.
More retirement claims were processed in November than in the two months prior, but OPM still has work to do as 2019 approaches.
September saw fewer new retirement claims in September — 7,142 — than August — 8,826 — but OPM also processed fewer claims in that time than the month before.
The Office of Personnel Management processed more retirement claims than it received in August, which helped it to reduced its backlog to the lowest level since the end of April.