Trump's Hiring Freeze Slowed Federal Retirement Processing

Government Executive: Officials at the Office of Personnel Management attributed a slowdown in the processing of federal employees’ retirement claims to the hiring freeze that ran from January until March.

Last month, OPM saw an uptick in the number of retirement claims—10,070, up from 6,141 in June. And although previous years have seen similar increases in July, the new claims brought the backlog of pending requests up to 17,091, an 18 percent increase over the previous month. A backlog of 13,000 claims is considered “stable.”

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