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Retirement claims hit highest level since January

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By Jack Moore, Federal News Radio

Federal employees submitted nearly 9,000 retirement claims in August — more than in any other month besides January, which typically sees a wave of feds taking retirement.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) received 8,973 retirement claims in August, nearly a thousand more than it projected. The agency processed 11,896 claims, also surpassing its goals.

The backlog, which now stands at 41,787 claims, is 32 percent below where it was at its height at the end of January.

OPM has consistently hit its processing goals, even as the number of claims has steadily inched up. The only month in which OPM fell short was April, despite receiving fewer claims than projected.


--Partnership for Public Service and the Call to Serve Newsletter (September 2012)