The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) decreased its backlog of federal retirement applications by approximately 12 percent last month.
The agency processed 9,392 retirement claims in April, reducing the total backlog of pending applications from 20,201 in March to 17,802.
The average time for OPM to process the claims in April increased to 56 days on average — compared to 50 days in March.
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.