The backlog of pending pension claims at the Office of Personnel Management continued to grow in February, fueled by higher-than-expected retirement applications, according to numbers released March 6.
The Office of Personnel Management received 12,025 retirement claims in February — nearly 23 percent more than the projected 9,800. That drove the backlog up to 23,554 — higher than it has been since August, 2013.
The agency processed 9,767 claims in February, slight higher than the 9,400 OPM expected to process.
The agency had gradually been able to make inroads into its pension backlog before reaching a low in December at about 12,637. But that number has nearly doubled over the last two months.