A wave of federal retirement claims in February exceeded the Office of Personnel Management‘s projections by three times for that month, according to Fierce Government.
Zach Rausnitz writes the agency processed about 15,000 claims during the month and its inventory of unprocessed claims reached 41,000.
According to Fedsmith, OPM’s outstanding inventory of retirement claims jumped 14 percent in February from the 36,062 reported in January.
OPM received more than 20,000 new claims in both January and February, Fedsmith reports.
The agency predicted nearly 5,600 federal workers would retire in February and hoped it could cut the backlog of claims down to around 33,000 by last month, Federal Times reports.