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Audit: 18 percent of 2011 retirement applications had errors

Jun. 5, 2012 - 04:32PM   |  
By STEPHEN LOSEY   |   Comments

More than 18 percent of retirement applications processed by the government last year had errors, according to Office of Personnel Management audit records posted online Monday.

The open government website"> posted 2010 and 2011 audit results it received from OPM via a Freedom of Information Act request.

OPM in late 2010 stepped up its efforts to improve the time it takes to process pension requests, but the agency says its efforts are often hampered when agencies submit inaccurate or incomplete files on new retirees.

The problem is apparently widespread, with 27 agencies submitting error-filled reports both years.

However, the error rate declined from more than 22 percent of 3,458 applications analyzed in 2010 to more than 18 percent of 4,222 claims analyzed in 2011.

OPM itself is one of the least accurate agencies, according to the audit results, although the agency’s survey size is very small. Two of four applications had errors in 2010, and one of two had errors in 2011.

The State, Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security departments, the Government Accountability Office and the General Services Administration all had at least 25 percent error rates both years.

Two agencies — the Education Department and the House of Representatives — had no errors in 2010. In 2011, four agencies had no errors — NASA, the House, the Executive Office of the President and the Senate.

OPM did not respond to a request for comment.

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