In the recent report detailing the retirement claims processed in the month of October, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced the number of claims processed decreased significantly from the total processed in September. While the number of new claims received declined from 7,456 to 7,044, the backlog increased to 17,882, and rise of nearly 3% from September’s low water mark for 2019. This comes after a significant increase in the retirement application backlog early in 2019 that decreased for several months through the summer.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released an updated report detailing the number of retirement claims processed and new ones received during the month of September. In the report, OPM indicated a decrease in the number of claims received to 7,456 (comparable to the amount received in September, 2018), and a decrease in the number of claims processed to 7,656.
The monthly report from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) detailing the number of new retirement claims received and processed, along with the monthly average processing time was released for August. In it, OPM reported the highest number of claims processed since March of this year and a 4.5% decrease in the number of outstanding claims for the month.
Despite ongoing efforts to modernize, federal agencies still perform a large volume of manual data entry and paperwork. The result is a systemic slowdown in processes that can lead to longer wait time for retirement applications.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released its monthly report outlining progress against the backlog of new retirement applications and their processing time for July. After two consecutive months of increases, the number of applications in the backlog remained largely unchanged with a 0.48% decrease from June.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is responsible for more than 100,000 retirement applications every year. Their goal is to process each application within 60 days of receiving it, but according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, they struggled between 2014 and 2017 in doing so. While persistent, these issues can be addressed based on a series of recommendations made by GAO in their report.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently released its monthly report summarizing the number of new retirement applications received and processed and the average processing time through June. For the second month, the number of applications received increased and the number processed decreased, resulting in a 7% increase in the backlog.
Retirement processing delays can occur for many reasons. Some of these delays can be sourced to HR’s use of inefficient and incomplete retirement software systems and an inability to clearly and rapidly communicate retirement information to employees using the most up-to-date technology.
Retirement information includes a lot of paperwork and frequent communication. Using the latest technology, most of this paperwork can be completed electronically, and will be instantaneously transmitted between HR and the employee.
Processing an employee’s retirement application from the time it is submitted to the Human Resources (HR) office until the employee receives their interim and then full annuity payments can seem to take a long time. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) usually begins interim payments within four weeks while an employee’s full annuity check may take as long as 90-120 days.