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#121 Posted : Saturday, February 25, 2012 12:59:47 AM(UTC)

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Thanks for the Strategic Plan info.  Yes, I agree it's odd they said they sent the package before my retirement date.  But, it's hard telling whom to believe when you look at this timeline of events. 
 

It helps to see this Strategic Plan info of 30 days after retirement date to work on the interim checks.  However, how did some people get their checks the middle of February?  I'm confused.  Again, whom do you believe...OPM or HR?

 

Thanks again for your help!


I think you've gotten misleading info from your HR. For the reasons others have raised, I doubt your application for retirement was sent to OPM prior to your actual retirement. HR had 30 days from your retirement date as noted above to send it to OPM, so they were only a few days late.

I agree waiting 6-8 weeks (from when OPM received your application) for your first check is too long but that may have been an overly pessimistic estimate. I'd wait awhile and see what happens before thinking of escalating.
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#122 Posted : Saturday, February 25, 2012 1:32:09 AM(UTC)
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When I tell civilian friends of this experience people are having, they can't believe it.  Federal retiree friends that have been retired for several years can't believe it either, years ago it wasn't like this.  What makes it worse is there is no rhyme or reason to any of it.  It's just not right.
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#123 Posted : Saturday, February 25, 2012 2:09:02 AM(UTC)

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I agree Kumary, it's getting more and more bizarre. Nobody believes my crummy retirement tale either.
 
Gettingclose is right, 6-8 weeks is way too long for your first interim. Getting that first check in 4-5 weeks is about one of the only things that tends to be consistent with OPM.
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#124 Posted : Sunday, February 26, 2012 12:02:41 AM(UTC)
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don't forget years ago there was not this many people retiring at once. 

OPM was not given the funding to increase hiring fast enough.

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#125 Posted : Sunday, February 26, 2012 12:44:29 AM(UTC)

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Just got my first interim on 24th and had retired on 12/31/2011. Got my password on 25th. I am supposed to get another check first of March. Logged on to the online services and second time I logged on got an error message telling me that my password had expired due to no activity in last 15 months. **? The system still let me log on. I changed my W4 to have them take out more taxes, but annuity statement still read nothing. I guess we do not get an annuity statement until the case is finalized which may be 9-12 months later. Retirement had been more stressful that expected due to dealing with OPM. Many phone calls, many lies every time I called and just dam glad to finally get an interim pay check. 

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#126 Posted : Sunday, February 26, 2012 1:30:41 AM(UTC)

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Vern267 wrote:
Just got my first interim on 24th and had retired on 12/31/2011. Got my password on 25th. I am supposed to get another check first of March. Logged on to the online services and second time I logged on got an error message telling me that my password had expired due to no activity in last 15 months. **? The system still let me log on. I changed my W4 to have them take out more taxes, but annuity statement still read nothing. I guess we do not get an annuity statement until the case is finalized which may be 9-12 months later. Retirement had been more stressful that expected due to dealing with OPM. Many phone calls, many lies every time I called and just dam glad to finally get an interim pay check. 


This is a good sign things could go fast. It seems if you get your first interim payment within 2 months of retirement, based on recent results, you are finalized in about 3-5 months.
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#127 Posted : Sunday, February 26, 2012 4:03:14 AM(UTC)

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postalvet wrote:


don't forget years ago there was not this many people retiring at once. 

OPM was not given the funding to increase hiring fast enough.


Huh?


Fiscal Year
Total

2011
82,837

2010
76,864

2009
87,907

2008
86,615

2007
92,349

2006
103,292

2005
94,977

2004
90,441

2003
81,128

2002
74,153

2001
77,330

2000 77,383
Source: http://www.opm.gov/retire/statistics.aspx

B47  
#128 Posted : Sunday, February 26, 2012 8:46:26 AM(UTC)

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The figures posted here shows FY 2006 with the highest number of retirements at 103, 292 ( a difference of 20,456 compared to FY 2011) and FY 2002 with the lowest number of retirments at 74,153 ( a difference of 8,684 compared to FY 2011).

I didn't figure the average number of retirements that OPM has processed each FY from FY 2000 to FY 2011, but it doesn't appear to me that the number of OPM proceesed retirements for FY 2011 increasded that much from the previous years.

Probabily a small increase in FY 2011, but nothing to justify the number of horror stories we have been seeing posted here ( and there are probably many more that we don't see here).

I feel lucky in that my time from putting my papers in to OPM to being finalized took only six months.
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#129 Posted : Sunday, February 26, 2012 8:55:31 AM(UTC)
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it took me about six weeks to get my first interim payment - you do not mention anything about that - -
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#130 Posted : Sunday, February 26, 2012 8:59:03 AM(UTC)
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when I got my blue benefit book last week - it broke down everything that I will be getting - I still don't know how to figure how much I am suppose to deduct for my portion - and how much I want to take out via monthly tsp minimal distribution - they made that clear - as I kept seeing TSP annuity - -
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#131 Posted : Sunday, February 26, 2012 9:00:10 AM(UTC)
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Agree -
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#132 Posted : Sunday, February 26, 2012 9:32:31 AM(UTC)

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Angel 1955 - are you speaking to me in your reply here? If you are, then it took about a month to get my first interim payment. As stated before, it took 6 months for everything to come together - interim payment, benefit book arrival and finalization.
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#133 Posted : Sunday, February 26, 2012 9:50:08 AM(UTC)
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Angel1955
" I still don't know how to figure how much I am suppose to deduct for my portion "
 
what do you mean by this statement?

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#134 Posted : Sunday, February 26, 2012 9:52:07 AM(UTC)

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My question also.
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#135 Posted : Monday, February 27, 2012 1:01:48 AM(UTC)

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I think things are getting better for most of those that retired in the last six months.
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#136 Posted : Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:28:29 AM(UTC)
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I hope you're right!  I'm retiring tomorrow, so let the circus begin.Clap
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#137 Posted : Wednesday, February 29, 2012 5:07:27 AM(UTC)
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I retired 12/31.  I I finally received a CSA# from OPM on 2/25, but no password.  I am hoping tomorrow that my first interim payment will be deposited in the bank.   Shocked
Jane Dingus  
#138 Posted : Wednesday, February 29, 2012 5:47:21 AM(UTC)
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I retired 3 SEP 2011.  I did not receive my first interim until 1 DEC 2011 and that was a result of emails sent to members of OPM.  I am still receiving interim payments at 72% after six months.
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#139 Posted : Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:42:44 AM(UTC)

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tigerseye wrote:

OK Jrwelp, Try the ombudsman again but note they've changed the email address to ombuds@opm.gov and this is his office info (new I believe): http://www.opm.gov/ombuds which has a FAQ section about what they do and don't do.
 
For the calls, I've always had success calling first thing in the morning Tues-Fri when they open up at 7:30am eastern, though recently everybody else has been calling because its tax time, or recent retirees are trying to get through. If the wait is too long on hold for you or your calls are being dropped, or if you even have trouble getting past the busy signal, you can try the DC phone number which gets you into the same office in Boyers without some of those hassles:  202-606-0500.
 
Good luck getting through next try. Sorry to hear about your long wait to get final. 


I did get through this morning (202-606-0500) with about a 15 minute wait.  When the gentlemen heard "9 months ago" he immediately transferred me to the Escalation Dept.  A very well-spoken customer service rep said to allow one week. 

I also used the ombuds@opm. gov and my email went through.

I will post again as soon as I hear something new.Beer
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#140 Posted : Thursday, March 1, 2012 12:23:31 AM(UTC)

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I have a friend who retired on 12/2/11, she was just finalized and said that her interim was about 60%
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