By the numbers: 2013 federal retirements

The exodus of employees from the federal workforce was a big story this past year.

More federal employees retired in 2013 than the year before, providing grist for the mill for predictions of a coming federal retirement wave. Meanwhile, the Office of Personnel Management’s efforts to clear a longstanding backlog of new retirement applications faced hurdles because of the steep sequestration budget cuts that hit government.

Federal News Radio parsed through the data over the past year. What about that long-foreseen retirement tsunami? Is it finally on the horizon? Did OPM’s processing of applications make the grade? Is the agency’s progress on clearing the backlog on track? In the series of charts and graphs below, track the latest federal retirement trends.

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