The Office of Personnel Management received the highest number of retirement claims since the beginning of the year, a time when most federal employees usually file claims.

The agency received 10,070 retirement claims for the month of July, which is the highest number since January when 15,317 claims were filed. By comparison, in June 6,141 new retirement claims were received.

OPM processed a total of 7,509 claims in July, slightly fewer than the 7,751 claims processed in June. It took an average of 45 days to process a single claim in 60 days or less. The average number of cases that took more than 60 days to process was 98.

The claims backlog went up last month to 17,091 from to 14,530 claims in June and 16,140 in May.

The new figures came from OPM’s monthly claims processing progress report available on the OPM website.

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