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StB  
#81 Posted : Monday, December 2, 2019 7:31:33 PM(UTC)
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#82 Posted : Thursday, December 5, 2019 8:39:02 AM(UTC)
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Greetings, everyone.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge & experiences. Things surprisingly went very quickly for me after submission:

Applied: mid-Sept2019
CSA# : early Oct2019
Approval: early Dec2019

Used Andalman & Flynn who I highly recommend.
Will keep posted on finalization. Good luck to all.

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#83 Posted : Thursday, December 5, 2019 8:54:01 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: overmedium Go to Quoted Post
Greetings, everyone.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge & experiences. Things surprisingly went very quickly for me after submission:

CSA# : Oct2019
Approval: Dec2019

Will keep posted on finalization. Good luck to all.


Do you know your CSA# Date?

Mine was assigned 10/21/2019 and I’m really hoping for an approval soon.

Thanks!
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#84 Posted : Thursday, December 5, 2019 9:01:52 AM(UTC)

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Congrats!! When did you send you application?
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#85 Posted : Thursday, December 5, 2019 9:33:21 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: overmedium Go to Quoted Post

CSA# : Oct2019
Approval: Dec2019


Greetings,

Thanks for sharing. That is pretty phenomenal and sure seems like they have the backlog well under control. 3 months is very reasonable. Now if they can get the appeals and finalizations down to that, we could close this forum... LOL

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You are right about that! Appeals are not priorities.
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#87 Posted : Thursday, December 5, 2019 11:00:46 PM(UTC)
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OPM claims backlog is growing but say they are doing them faster. Let’s hope so!

“The backlog went from 17,882 to 18,390, a 2.84% increase. This came thanks to 7,822 new claims coming in during November, considerably higher than the 7,044 from October and also almost 5% higher than November 2018.

OPM processed more claims in November than it did the previous month but it did so on a slightly slower pace, 62 days on average versus 59 days in October.

The latest complete data from OPM are included below

Claims Received Claims Processed Inventory (Steady state goal is 13,000) Monthly Average Processing Time in Days FYTD Average Processing Time in Days
Oct-18 9,012 6,911 19,729 63 63
Nov-18 7,510 8,077 19,162 61 62
Dec-18 5,782 6,925 18,019 60 61
Jan-19 13,264 8,162 23,121 58 60
Feb-19 10,792 10,543 23,370 46 57
Mar-19 10,048 13,217 20,201 50 55
Apr-19 6,993 9,392 17,802 56 55
May-19 7,877 8,451 17,228 62 56
Jun-19 8,201 6,928 18,501 60 56
Jul-19 8,000 8,088 18,413 55 56
Aug-19 8,878 9,715 17,576 50 56
Sep-19 7,456 7,656 17,376 57 56
Oct-19 7,044 6,538 17,882 59 59
Nov-19 7,822 7,314 18,390 62 61
*Disability determinations are only included in the pending number after approval.

**Pending retirement cases produced in less than 60 days, on average took 36 days to complete; whereas cases that were produced in more than 60 days, on average, took 130 days to complete.



OPM backlog artivle.
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#88 Posted : Friday, December 6, 2019 4:24:13 AM(UTC)
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I’m beginning to think the backlog is growing on the finalization end. 2 months after approval, no pay of any kind , or password for online login. 👎.
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Just curious. Do peeps who submit regular retirement go thru waits this long or are they processes quicker/separately....refering to after DR approved.
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#90 Posted : Friday, December 6, 2019 7:08:03 AM(UTC)
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Just curious. Do peeps who submit regular retirement go thru waits this long or are they processes quicker/separately....refering to after DR approved.


Greetings,

Finalizations for retirement were taking 6 months back when I cared to follow it. So like us, they receive an interim payment that I think does not include the supplement for Social Security. Just their earned annuity. My understanding is that when you are approved for DR, your file gets handed off to the same folks who do the regular retirements. Imagine how pissed off they must be.

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#91 Posted : Friday, December 6, 2019 10:22:17 AM(UTC)
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A Disability Retirement and a Regular Retirement are two very different animals. Although they are performed by the same Agency, they both follow different rules with the Disability Retirement contingent on many other factors. In welcoming 'Overmedium' I wonder if there's was a Regular OPM Retirement?
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Originally Posted by: overmedium Go to Quoted Post
Greetings, everyone.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge & experiences. Things surprisingly went very quickly for me after submission:

CSA# : Oct2019
Approval: Dec2019

Will keep posted on finalization. Good luck to all.


Thank you for sharing your timeline, overmedium. It is appreciated.

This news gives me hope that I'll be hearing something in regard to my decision in the next month or so. My CSA# was assigned November 5th.

Congrats on the quick turnaround!!!
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#93 Posted : Friday, December 6, 2019 11:32:27 PM(UTC)
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My CSA was sent 13 September. Still nothing here. Hoping to hear something soon.
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#94 Posted : Wednesday, December 11, 2019 7:28:08 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: StB Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: overmedium Go to Quoted Post
Greetings, everyone.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge & experiences. Things surprisingly went very quickly for me after submission:

CSA# : Oct2019
Approval: Dec2019

Will keep posted on finalization. Good luck to all.


Do you know your CSA# Date?

Mine was assigned 10/21/2019 and I’m really hoping for an approval soon.

Thanks!


Can't recall exact date but it was early October. Good luck!
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#95 Posted : Wednesday, December 11, 2019 7:31:07 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: riveraz Go to Quoted Post
Congrats!! When did you send you application?


Thank you! Sent early September. Good luck to you!
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#96 Posted : Wednesday, December 11, 2019 7:42:20 AM(UTC)
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A Disability Retirement and a Regular Retirement are two very different animals. Although they are performed by the same Agency, they both follow different rules with the Disability Retirement contingent on many other factors. In welcoming 'Overmedium' I wonder if there's was a Regular OPM Retirement?


Greetings GSBS,
Forgive me so new to all this. Are you wondering if I qualified for regular retirement as well or that I applied for that?
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#97 Posted : Wednesday, December 11, 2019 10:35:36 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: overmedium Go to Quoted Post

Greetings GSBS,
Forgive me so new to all this. Are you wondering if I qualified for regular retirement as well or that I applied for that?
Your claim went through exceptionally fast, a regular retirement can be approved quickly when a Disability retirement can languish for months. You are very fortunate, let us know how finalization goes!

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#98 Posted : Wednesday, December 11, 2019 5:05:04 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: overmedium Go to Quoted Post
Greetings, everyone.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge & experiences. Things surprisingly went very quickly for me after submission:

CSA# : Oct2019
Approval: Dec2019

Will keep posted on finalization. Good luck to all.


If you feel comfortable saying, what was your illness/reason for DR, did you have an attorney...any more relevant info? PM if you'd like. Money is getting very tight here and stressing me out greatly.
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#99 Posted : Wednesday, December 11, 2019 7:16:32 PM(UTC)
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It will be 28 months for me without a dime from my agency, OWCP, and now OPM. Approved two months ago. This is inexcusable. First time I called OPM I basically was fed a bunch of BS that my person assigned to my finalization had no email, no direct phone, or extension, and not even a name, because giving out a name isn’t allowed. That was basically repeated to me when I waited another week, and called. I am going to call again next week, and ask that since annuitants aren’t supposedly allowed to call, or email OPM staff, that “SHE” ( yes, both times they did manage to say it was a she ), can call, or email me. Anyone have an approval to first interim payment timeline?
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#100 Posted : Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:54:41 AM(UTC)
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I was approved in late July but didn't receive first interim payment until this month. I also received back pay for months I should have received interim payment. This was after I called in November and the person on the other end escalated my case. Did you have your case escalated? I don't know if that helped me but I guess it doesn't hurt.
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