According to the latest data from the Office of Personnel Management, about 1.4% fewer retirement claims were filed in May compared to April.
The Office of Personnel Management's latest report of retirement claims may not be a reliable picture of the coronavirus' impact on the federal workforce size to date but compared to 2019 the numbers are significantly down.
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 continued to make slight progress on reducing its backlog of retirement claims in August.
Recent Office of Personnel Management retirement numbers show less claims in July, an increase in claims processed and a decrease in processing time.
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.
New retirement claims data from the Office of Personnel Management shows a reversal of previous trends around how fast the agency is processing cases.
The number of federal employees submitting retirement claims in March is holding steady from February, according to an update released by the Office of Personnel Management. Meanwhile, OPM increased the number of claims it was able to process last month, leading to a decrease in the backlog.
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.