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Retirement backlog falls in August after OPM restores employee overtime

The Office of Personnel Management processed more retirement applications than expected last month -- for the first time since April. The enhanced processing power is thanks to a year-end budget review that allowed OPM to restore limited overtime for employees working in its Retirement Services Offices, OPM said. The agency had suspended employee overtime beginning in April, citing the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

Tags: OPM , retirement , Jack Moore

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 12:34pm EDT

Citing sequestration, OPM pushes back retirement processing goal

The Office of Personnel Management now estimates it will not be able to clear a longstanding backlog of retirement claims until next summer. OPM Associate Director for Retirement Services Ken Zawodny told Federal News Radio the suspension of overtime in late April has left the agency essentially treading water when it comes to processing retirement applications.

Tags: OPM , retirement , Ken Zawodny , Francis Rose , sequestration , Jack Moore

Monday - 08/05/2013, 10:00am EDT
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Sequestration slowing OPM's efforts to clear retirement backlog

OPM processed just 8,683 claims last month about 2,800 fewer than it had initially expected to. That's the second month in a row OPM fell behind in processing monthly claims according to new OPM data. The agency was forced to eliminate overtime for employees in its Retirement Services operation at the end of April because of the automatic budget cuts.

Tags: OPM , retirement , sequestration , Jack Moore

Friday - 07/05/2013, 01:53pm EDT

Retiring: Pays to plan ahead...

The No. 1 complaint people have after retiring is how long it takes them to get the first full annuity payment. Depending on a lot of things it can take anywhere from a couple of months to more than a year.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , workofrce , retirement , OPM , NARFE , David Snell

Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 02:00am EDT

OPM processes fewer retirement applications than expected in May

The Office of Personnel Management's efforts to process retirement claims and reduce a longstanding backlog slipped last month, after the agency was forced to cancel employee overtime because of automatic budget cuts. OPM processed 10,954 claims in May, according to new data, 546 fewer than it had projected. That's only the third time in the past 16 months - since the agency rolled out a new plan for clearing the backlog that OPM failed to hit its processing goal.

Tags: OPM , retirement , Jack Moore , sequestration , overtime

Wednesday - 06/05/2013, 04:03pm EDT

Retirements dip in April

The number of federal employees filing retirement claims in April dipped below expectations following months of unexpectedly high numbers, according to new data from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM received 7,059 claims last month, about 1,000 fewer than expected.

Tags: OPM , retirement , Jack Moore

Friday - 05/03/2013, 05:53pm EDT

Sequestration could cause delays in retirement processing, OPM says

The Office of Personnel Management says sequestration cuts have forced the agency to suspend overtime hours for employees working in its Retirement Services office and to curtail call-center hours.

Tags: sequestration , pay and benefits , retirement , OPM , Ken Zawodny , Jack Moore

Monday - 04/29/2013, 07:59pm EDT

Federal retirements exceed expectations for third straight month

For the third month in a row, the number of federal employees filing retirement claims outpaced the Office of Personnel Management's projections. OPM received 10,183 retirement claims in March, more than double the number it expected to receive, according to new OPM data..

Tags: OPM , retirement , Jack Moore

Friday - 04/05/2013, 02:39pm EDT

December sees fewer feds retiring

Fewer federal employees filed for retirement in December than in any other month in 2012, according to the Office of Personnel Management. Even with the fewer than expected number of claims, however, the agency failed to meet its goal of processing 11,500 claims, instead clocking in just 10,454.

Tags: OPM , retirement , retirement processing , Jack Moore

Monday - 01/07/2013, 03:05pm EST

OPM makes dent in retirement backlog as claims continue rolling in

For the fourth straight month, the number of federal employees filing for retirement has outstripped the Office of Personnel Management's expectations, according to new data released by the agency. OPM also beat its projections for processing retirement claims.

Tags: OPM , retirement , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 11/06/2012, 03:23pm EST
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