The Office of Personnel Management reported it made some progress in eliminating the backlog of retirement applications in August.
At the end of August, the total backlog of retirement claims was 17,576. That figure is about 4.5% lower than the 18,413 claims reported at the end of July.
The monthly average processing time was reduced by 5 days to a total of 50, however the yearly average time to process a retirement application remained at 56 days.
The backlog, which has been a challenge for OPM for many years, has historically experienced surges in retirement claims each January and February as many federal employees put in their papers to retire during this season each year. OPM states about 26% of all retirement applications come in the first six weeks of the year.
Below is a the latest chart and table showing the progress for the last year.
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According to OPM, about 14 percent of federal employees are currently eligible to retire. In five years, that figure is expected to jump to 30 percent. OPM’s Retirement Services team gets more than 1.5 million telephone calls plus 280,000 email requests each year.