The number of pending federal employee retirement claims ticked up slightly last month, as the Office of Personnel Management increased its processing to meet the higher demand.
According to statistics released last week, the retirement backlog increased by less than 200 claims in June to 18,198, up from 18,024. But the number of new claims received jumped from 7,625 in May to 9,397 last month.
That total marks a significant increase over the same period in 2017, when OPM received only 6,141 new retirement requests. Last month, the agency processed 9,223 claims, up from 7,090 in May.
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Although OPM mostly kept pace with demand, the influx of new claims has increased the agency’s monthly average processing time from 58 days in May to 65 last month.