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CJWarren  
#81 Posted : Monday, February 6, 2012 12:46:47 AM(UTC)
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To Vern267, I learned last week that my file has not been sent to OPM yet.  It is supposed to be sent this week.  I plan to continue to call my agency until it is done!  However, I am thankful that they did process the buyout payment a couple of weeks ago, since it has helped keep me aflot.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
tigerseye  
#82 Posted : Tuesday, February 7, 2012 12:16:14 AM(UTC)

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Latest relief news for those of you in OPM limboland is that 3 Senators have asked OMB to intervene in the backlog of processing of retirement files at OPM: http://www.federalnewsradio.com/179/2736854/Senators-ask-OMB-to-intervene-in-retirement-backlog
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#83 Posted : Tuesday, February 7, 2012 12:19:00 AM(UTC)

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1) Date of retirement:  9/2/2011
2) Weeks to receive A/L: 8 weeks (leave audit lost in chain and called HR, received next day after call)
3) Weeks to receive Buyout $ if applicable: NA
4) Weeks to receive interim and %%% of pay: 7 weeks, 10/24/2011, 70%
5) Months to complete: 5 months, 2/2/2012
6) OPM processing by D.C. or Boyers, PA: Boyers
7) FERS or CSRS: CSRS - one agency
 
Blue Book came 2/6/2012 and was exactly what the agency estimate indicated.
 
Annual Leave not being paid until after third pay period after retirement was a problem. The information was there, but one HR group miscommunicated with another concerning the leave audit. After a phone call to HR it was deposited the next day.
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#84 Posted : Tuesday, February 7, 2012 12:54:33 AM(UTC)

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tigerseye wrote:

Latest relief news for those of you in OPM limboland is that 3 Senators have asked OMB to intervene in the backlog of processing of retirement files at OPM: http://www.federalnewsradio.com/179/2736854/Senators-ask-OMB-to-intervene-in-retirement-backlog


Thanks for the post.  I read the article as they are looking at the overall picture:  ""Because the improvements need to come from all government agencies, not just OPM, this issue needs to be on OMB's radar,"

I'm glad that the retiring agencies have been recognized as a problem area too as that is what's responsible for my current headaches.
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#85 Posted : Tuesday, February 7, 2012 4:53:47 AM(UTC)
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Congrats holeinoneguy on your retirement.
 
You give me hope, but I am still concerned why it takes 5 months to be finalized with such a straight forward case as yours.
 
Maybe all these proposed OPM changes will make a difference sooner rather than later.
Linda McMillen  
#86 Posted : Tuesday, February 7, 2012 8:46:04 PM(UTC)
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1) Date of retirement:12/31/2011
2) Weeks to receive A/L: 5 weeks - last paycheck received 1/6/2012 - A/L check received 2/3/2012
3) Weeks to receive Buyout $ if applicable:  N/A
4) Weeks to receive interem and %%% of pay:  Interim Pay received 2/1/2012
5) Months to complete: According to OPM Website, Interim Pay scheduled for 3/1/2012
6) OPM processing by D.C. or Boyers, PA:  Don't Know
7) FERS or CSRS:  FERS
 
The government agency I work for does a good job of preparing employees and reviewing forms.  According to the person within my agency, my file is an easy to process file because there are no anomalies.  No break in service, no military time, no CSRS Offset, no FERS supplement.  I don't think the person within my agency had any idea of the number of people retiring throughout the government.  I believe the percentage of pay I am experiencing is less than 70%.  Only deductions so far is Federal Tax (and that is what I see for the March statement online).
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#87 Posted : Tuesday, February 7, 2012 9:50:36 PM(UTC)

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Congrats.  I spoke to OPM yesterday and was told the "average" processing time for a retirement claim is 29 weeks from date OPM received the file.  In my case, I retired on 9/26/11 and OPM received my file on 10/31/11.  This puts me at the end of May 2012 or 8 months from the date I retired.  FERS, one agency and no break in service.  Straight forward.  Go figure.Cry

Cheeseman  
#88 Posted : Wednesday, February 8, 2012 10:37:50 PM(UTC)
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Quick update, received letter from TSP last week acknowledging my retirement; also my first interim payment came in today (02/09/12), about 70% of final.  It took about 5 weeks from retirement date (12/31/11) to receive the first interim.

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.” Margaret Thatcher<br /><br />"Government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem." Ronald Reagan
Vern267  
#89 Posted : Wednesday, February 8, 2012 10:53:46 PM(UTC)

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Lucky for you. I received my TSP letter last week. I received my buyout, and AL lump sum on 6 Jan 2012, as retired on 31 Dec 2011, but called OPM on 3 Feb and said they still waiting on paperwork. I will call again on 15th if do not receive interim payment.I called my congressman and he said he would be glad to intercede with OPM on my behalf, but not sure if that is helpful.
Bill Painter  
#90 Posted : Thursday, February 9, 2012 1:33:50 AM(UTC)
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Painterbill wrote:
1) Date of retirement: 5/31/11
2) Weeks to receive A/L: 7/12/11
3) Weeks to receive Buyout $ if applicable: N/A
4) Weeks to receive interim and %%% of pay: 7/14/11 ~45% (w/o supplement)/~35% (w/ estimated supplement)
5) Months to complete: Not- called Boyers yesterday and still not assigned. 
6) OPM processing by D.C. or Boyers, PA: Boyers
7) FERS or CSRS: FERS

I was told yesterday by Boyers that all documents received electronically 2nd week of June 2011 and hard copies received 3rd week of June 2011 and documents were logged into system 2nd week of July.  They are currently working on 3rd week of June 2011 FERS packages, therefore I should be assigned in the next 2-4 weeks.  A friend of mine (FERS with similar agency background) retired after I did and was finalized in less than 8 weeks by DC, go figure.



Only been about 10 days since last call to Boyers but called this morning anyway.  Still not assigned and was informed that they are still working on FERS paperwork that is about 8 months into the queue.  For me this means that while I have been retired since 5/31/11 (8 months 10 days) the 8 months they refer to is the date in which they log the paperwork into their system, which for me was 2nd week of July so I probably have another 3-4 weeks before assignment.  When I ask why some where finalized in 3 months I was given the impression that there are two groups within Boyers, one that works exclusively on FERS and one that works on CSRS.  That may explain why CSRS seems to be finalized faster given the fact that it has been said here before that each CSRS package only takes about 1 hour whereas each FERS takes 3-4 hours.  Makes you think that maybe they ought to allocate more people to the FERS section to make both finalization times closer.  I would also bet that within each group there are people who specialize in the different types of retirements such as Air Traffic, LEO, etc. 

I feel sorry for whoever gets my package, I bought back temporary time from the 70's working for the USDA-FS while in college, but the calculations may or may not be correct because of the OPM computer calculation errors a couple of years ago, went to work for the FAA as an Air Traffic controller in 1989, was outsourced by the FAA in 2005, hired back into the FAA in 2007 to work in Alaska, was paid a COLA for a couple of years but then Alaska, Hawaii, etc were changed to a COLA/Locality system that changes percentages each year until they are fully under Locality pay which is eligible for retirement calculations, etc........  But then again I don't feel too sorry because it has been over 8 months and counting! 

But then again, I am retired having a great time and at some point it will be finalized!!!
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#91 Posted : Thursday, February 9, 2012 2:13:40 AM(UTC)

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It would be interesting to know if the retirement lag is across gov't or agency specific.  I retired in 2010 and my husband in 2010 and our papers were processed like clockwork.  Everything went just fine.  We were both at the same agency.   
exfed50  
#92 Posted : Thursday, February 9, 2012 10:38:22 PM(UTC)

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Painterbill,

What a horrible experience.  Totally unacceptable.  I know one thing for sure, if you owed the government any money it would not take them over 8 months to track you down.  I'm as frustrated by the whole process as everyone who has responded to this blog.  The calculations can't be that complicated.  How do financial institutions do it?  I use USAA and they seem do handle thousands of customers on a daily basis with efficient electronic processing abilities. There is no transparency with the process.  The people that answer the phone at OPM just read off a script.  I think we deserve better treatment.

Bottom line, OPM could care less if you or I or any of the other federal retirees ever get their retirement on a timely basis.  I don't know why each agency can't process their own retirement package without having OPM come back in and do it all over again prior to paying out a claim.  Imagine if the IRS had the same work process as OPM.

God help us.

Anyway, enjoy your retirement.  You earned it.

Best wishes.


Glenn  
#93 Posted : Friday, February 10, 2012 2:03:34 AM(UTC)
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trooper wrote:
It would be interesting to know if the retirement lag is across gov't or agency specific.  I retired in 2010 and my husband in 2010 and our papers were processed like clockwork.  Everything went just fine.  We were both at the same agency.   
 
This is indeed an interesting question.  From my review of this forum, the problem appears to be with OPM retirement processors and is irrespective of the agency in which the retiree worked.
 
Another observation (again based on comments posted on this forum):  retirees who had a rather simple file (only one agency, no military or civilian deposit, or a break in federal service) seem to have been processed a little faster.  I do recall a few exceptions to this rule, but this circumstance seemed more common.
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R&#111;n  
#94 Posted : Friday, February 10, 2012 3:25:28 AM(UTC)
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Well, I have an update.  I submitted my paperwork on 31  January for a 1 March retirement.  I'm with DOD/Army.  I just got a call from Ft. Riley, that they are working my file and it should be done by COB or no later than Monday.  Then of course it won't get forwarded to OPM till my actual retirement, but what this tells me is the process on my end is working as it should.  As I go through OPM I'll add updates.  MAN THAT WAS A GOOD CALL!!!!!!!StarThumbs UpStar

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#95 Posted : Friday, February 10, 2012 7:22:16 AM(UTC)

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IT - regarding your observation, I had a rather simple file - some DOD time with a small military deposit made back in the early 1980's and no break in service, but most of my career was with DOT. I retired 05-01-11 and was finalized 11-01-11 - six months.

I am not complaining.
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#96 Posted : Friday, February 10, 2012 8:40:44 AM(UTC)

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Hello Everyone,

Retired May 31, 2011 - FERS (transferred to FERS) CSRS (23 years) and FERS (14 years)

Annual Leave payout - 5 weeks

Interim payment  - 5 weeks I think this is the CSRS portion.

Buyout - N/A

CryFinalized - No not even close. Was promised in November 2011 by someone from OPM. Nothing. I have phoned that person and no response. I have written to Paul Berry & the Director of the retirement section. Still no response. Also faxed letter to  Eleanor Holmes- Norton. No response yet. Even emailed OPM, still no response. I guess they do not have anyone who knows how to calculate the FERS portion of my annuity. It will be May 2012 in a couple of months and I still am not finalized.

 

 

 

 

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#97 Posted : Friday, February 10, 2012 8:46:59 AM(UTC)

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To EXFED50

I agree with you. It should not take this long to process our retirement. If you owed OPM they would take it from your check with interest. They do not even pay us interest so they can wait as long as they want to send our money. I worked for the government for 37 years (had one break in service) and this is how I am treated. It is disgusting and frustrating.Cry

 

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#98 Posted : Friday, February 10, 2012 12:47:10 PM(UTC)

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Bulletinboard, I've been there. Stinks on ice. At 8 months in you should be getting close though. Some other avenues for you are first to call the 1-888 retirement line when they open at 7:30 am Eastern to avoid the long waits and hang ups. The Service rep can give you all the pertinent info on your file: name and phone # of the processor, name and phone number of their supervisor, what office your file is in including the Branch #, and all the dates on handling of your file (if it's in audit, when it came out of audit, if it went back to audit and when) including if it's awaiting information for somewhere. That should give you a clue as to where things are. The Service Rep may say you're a day away from final but don't believe them unless they can tell you exactly what they're going to pay you; if they offer to escalate the case or send an e-mail for the processor to call you, don't believe them either because it doesn't work, I've been down that road; they can also offer to connect you to the processor's voice mail, and this does work just don't expect a call back.

Some other avenues to consider then are sending an e-mail to the processor's supervisor, sending an e-mail to the Branch Chief of the particular claims office, sending an e-mail to ombudsman@opm.gov  , and hand-delivering your letter to Ms. Holmes-Norton's office where you can see it get stamped in.  And believe it or not, if your file is in the OPM DC office, I have heard at least 2 stories about people showing up at the OPM offices and asking to see their processor or the processor's supervisor (just be prepared for a long, long wait). Good luck to you !  

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Thanks Tigereye,
 
I am going to try your suggestions. Thumbs Up
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#100 Posted : Sunday, February 12, 2012 11:05:40 PM(UTC)
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@bulletinboard - Have you heard if this is the norm for transFERS?  I just retired 12/31 and am a transfer.  I wondered if OPM was prepared for transfers retiring.  Hope I get someone that knows what they are doing.  Keep us updated on your case.  Thanks.
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