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cowry  
#1 Posted : Monday, March 29, 2010 2:34:23 PM(UTC)
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I retired from the USPS on Oct 30, taking advantage of the $15,000 incentive offer. So far I am still receiving only the interim payments. Has anyone out there received a regular retirement check yet? How long does this process typically take, or are we all in the same boat, just playing the waiting game? Thanks for any input on this.
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#2 Posted : Monday, March 29, 2010 4:24:22 PM(UTC)
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cowry wrote:
I retired from the USPS on Oct 30, taking advantage of the $15,000 incentive offer. So far I am still receiving only the interim payments. Has anyone out there received a regular retirement check yet? How long does this process typically take, or are we all in the same boat, just playing the waiting game? Thanks for any input on this.
Yes, I took the Oct 30th retirement from USPS for the 15K. My annuity was finalized on February 17, 2010.  You need to call the OPM 800 number and get a status.  See if you can get your case worker's name and phone number.  Then call him/her to see what the delay is.
 
Do you have any factors in your retirement that makes it more complex than usual, such as working for multiple agencies, splitting your annuity with a former spouse, or any other court order? Sometimes missing records will have the same effect.  Mine was fairly simple.  All the time was Postal time except a couple of terms in the military.  Now, one thing that did delay mine was the new benefit of FERS sick leave credit.  It took OPM several weeks to program that into their computer.
 
I got back pay for all the months of interim payments.  You will also, and will get your social security supplement if eligible in one check.  Have you applied for your TSP?
 
If your case is rather simple with no explanation for the delay, (and it has been too long), I would suggest the following.
 
1.  Call 888-767-6738 once a week for a status.  Call around 7am or expect a long wait.
2.  If that is not doing any good,  ask the person at the OPM number for the number to Boyers, PA where the annuities are figured, and talk to one of them.  Sometimes they can give you more detailed info.
3.  On the OPM website, under contact us, there are email addresses.  In addition to calling them, send them an email every week day.  I believe the address is retire@opm.gov.
4.  After about a week, start adding other addresses (on the list).  Start with the OMNIBUDS, then add the director of OPM.
5.  Give that a couple of weeks, then add your Congressional represenative and two Senators names.
6.  In addition, call all three offices of your Congressmen and ask for help getting your claim through.  OPM does not like Congressional involvement.  However, be reasonable.  If you know a reason for the delay, give them due time to finish using common sense.
 
That will usually do the trick.  Hope this helps.
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, March 30, 2010 12:32:45 AM(UTC)
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me and wife also retired Oct 31, 2009 and as of this post we have not been finalized.
 
her paper work went to OPM on Nov 17, 2009 and my paper work went to OPM on Dec 7, 2009.
Retired postal worker of 38 years who is willing to help even though some do not want to hear the truth.
cowry  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, March 30, 2010 1:32:30 AM(UTC)
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Saturneptune: Thanks for all the detailed info, it is just what I needed. I can't imagine why my case is taking so long, my case is about as simple as they come, no complicating factors at all. No military time to figure, no social security to figure, and all time spent within the CSRS system. Oh well, now I'll give them a call! Thanks, Cowry
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, March 30, 2010 1:37:52 AM(UTC)
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Postalvet: Thanks for your response. Now I know I am not the only one. I am guessing that some sort of backlog occured because of the number of people that went out all at once. Cowry
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#6 Posted : Tuesday, March 30, 2010 5:56:38 AM(UTC)
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"some sort of backlog occurred because of the number of people that went out all at once"
 
that is what I was told, 18,000 people slammed OPM.
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barefoot mailman  
#7 Posted : Tuesday, March 30, 2010 7:51:19 AM(UTC)
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I retired at the end of February last year, FERS early out. The first payment was an interim payment on April 1. Remember, you get paid on the first of the month for the previous month. Got another interim on May 1, and then got a full payment and the two months of withheld funds on June 1. No problems. Sounds like they are dealing with more people this time. Hopefully you all get straightened out soon.
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#8 Posted : Wednesday, March 31, 2010 4:33:37 AM(UTC)
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Cowry and Postalvet, I too took the money and retired on 10/31/2009. I was "finalized" the last week of
February, I had military and casual time, I would call OPM.

saturneptune  
#9 Posted : Thursday, April 01, 2010 6:01:44 AM(UTC)
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outta here wrote:
Cowry and Postalvet, I too took the money and retired on 10/31/2009. I was "finalized" the last week of
February, I had military and casual time, I would call OPM.
Did you ever get your benefits book?  I got my pen but not the book.
sisterwomen  
#10 Posted : Thursday, April 01, 2010 9:49:07 PM(UTC)
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I retired 1/3/2010 and  was hoping to get a full annuity payment yesterday.
Received another interim payment instead.
Many posters report receiving deposits and being finalized in the middle of a month.

Does OPM have certain dates during a month to report finalized paper work?


postalvet  
#11 Posted : Thursday, April 01, 2010 11:27:37 PM(UTC)
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you can be finalized at any time!
 
you just retired so do not expect to be finalized anytime soon.
 
my wife has been waiting since Oct 31, 2009,  her paper work went to OPM on Nov 17, 2009 which is when the clock starts.
 
I also retired Oct 31, my paper work went to OPM on Dec 7, 2009 so according to OPM I should be finalized before you.
 
When I am finalized I will post my date.
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outta here  
#12 Posted : Thursday, April 01, 2010 11:49:24 PM(UTC)
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saturneptune wrote:
outta here wrote:
Cowry and Postalvet, I too took the money and retired on 10/31/2009. I was "finalized" the last week of
February, I had military and casual time, I would call OPM.
Did you ever get your benefits book?  I got my pen but not the book.


I received the benefit book shortly thereafter and the pin a few days later.
cowry  
#13 Posted : Friday, April 02, 2010 5:46:08 AM(UTC)
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Just got off the phone talking to the people at OPM. They said: "We've had a large backlog of USPS retirees, we plan on having all of those people finalized during the month of April. Sorry for the delay." So that's their story for now, cross your fingers, and hopefully it will happen. I'll post here when mine is finalized. Cowry
twenrut  
#14 Posted : Sunday, April 04, 2010 2:34:15 PM(UTC)
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I took the money on Oct 31 2009 also and my paperwork went to OPM on Dec 7.
All I had was military service and to add a lot of sick leave. I hope we all get "finalized" in April too.
saturneptune  
#15 Posted : Monday, April 05, 2010 5:31:05 AM(UTC)
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sisterwomen wrote:
I retired 1/3/2010 and  was hoping to get a full annuity payment yesterday.
Received another interim payment instead.
Many posters report receiving deposits and being finalized in the middle of a month.

Does OPM have certain dates during a month to report finalized paper work?

From what I can tell as I called about finalization through the months, the 17th of each month seems to be the deadline for payment the first of next month.  Maybe not exactly the 17th, depending on the weekends, but somewhere around there.
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#16 Posted : Monday, April 05, 2010 7:34:29 AM(UTC)
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here is the link to the payment schedue with the last dates to make changes to the next month payment also listed.

 
 
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twenrut  
#17 Posted : Wednesday, April 28, 2010 3:49:25 AM(UTC)
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Smile  Received my PIN from OPM on April 21. Finalized on April26. Got retirement booklet from OPM today April 28, right at 6 months from my official retirement date. Everything was correctly figured.
cowry  
#18 Posted : Friday, May 07, 2010 4:41:12 AM(UTC)
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Since I'm the one that started this post, I would like to inform you all that I just got word from OPM that I was finalized on May 5!!! Still waiting for packet in mail, but noticed what must be a interim make up deposit in my bank account today. Kind of ridiculous that it took 6+ months, but I guess that's what happens when a bunch of us all go out at the same time!! At least it should be a once in a lifetime experience. Good luck to you all, and enjoy your retirements!!! Cowry
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#19 Posted : Friday, May 07, 2010 8:43:39 AM(UTC)
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lucky you!  I am still waiting.
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cowry  
#20 Posted : Friday, May 07, 2010 10:25:16 AM(UTC)
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Postalvet: Give them a call on Monday (1-888-767-6738), because I still wouldn't even know now, if I hadn't of talked to to someone just today. My case was assigned to a specialist on April 28, and finalized on May 5. Hopefully you are in the same boat. Good luck, Cowry
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