Via govexec.com by Kellie Lunney
The Office of Personnel Management continued to chip away at the retirement claims backlog last month, which fell 22 percent between August and September, according to the agency’s latest figures.
The backlog now stands at 17,719 claims — 4,523 fewer claims than the agency expected to have in the queue at the end of September. OPM reinstated limited overtime for retirement services staff in August, which helped the agency exceed its projections, despite only processing 124 more retirement applications in September than in August. But the agency also received 2,600 fewer new retirement claims last month than it projected, giving retirement services employees some breathing room.