The Office of Personnel Management stepped up its game in March, processing 13,262 retirement claims, the highest amount for a single month in years.
Last month, 13,290 federal employees filed retirement claims with OPM, the highest number in a February since 2013.
Retirement claims surged in January, holding true to the pattern seen in previous years.
OPM took longer in April to process retirement claims within 60 days compared to other months throughout the year. The agency processed 27 percent of the retirement claims it received in April within the standard 60 days or less, well below the 77 percent processing rate OPM posted in March. OPM also received slightly fewer retirement claims last month compared to April 2016.
The next sound you hear will be the stampeding federal workers who are retiring in droves to escape the new president — or maybe not, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.
Despite the warnings of many federal prognosticators, the mass exodus of angry, frightened civil servants hasn’t happened.
The latest data released by the Office of Personnel Management shows that in 2017, 15,317 federal employees filed to retire in January, historically the month when the most feds file for retirement. But that number, while large, is about 100 fewer than 2016, and falls short of 2015’s numbers by more than 3,300.
The Office of Personnel Management engineered a sharp upturn in retirement claims processed during the month of September.
Even though fewer employees retired in December. OPM has its work cut out for it in 2016 as it faces a backlog of about 11,400 claims.
OPM made little progress in chiseling away at its backlog of retirement claims, but it made good progress in processing applications within 60 days or less during the month of November.