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.
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.
The Office of Personnel Management sped up its processing of federal retirement claims in September, but only resulted in a modest reduction in its overall claims backlog.
The Office of Personnel Management continued to make progress in whittling down its backlog of unprocessed retirement claims during the month of June. The backlog stood at 14,530, the lowest it's been since last June.
The Office of Personnel Management took advantage of the lowest number of new retirement claims since December 2016 to reduce its backlog by nearly 3,000 claims. OPM’s retirement backlog currently sits at 16,140 claims, the lowest number yet in 2017.
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 Office of Personnel Managment has made some progress in working through the spike in retirement claims it saw earlier this year. However, the agency still has a higher overall backlog in claims than did a year ago.
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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.