How long does it take OPM to start processing my deferred retirement annuity application?

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Hi all, I submitted a FERS application July 5 (deferred retirement). On October 1, I called OPM and they told me my application is in the Retirement Prep section awaiting processing; once that starts, it’s another 8-12 weeks. They would not tell me when OPM will start processing it. My question: how long have others waited before OPM starts to process a deferred FERS annuity app? Thanks all.

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Asked on October 2, 2019 6:49 pm
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What did you elect to be your commencing date?

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Answered on October 2, 2019 6:54 pm

I elected October 1, 2019–really stupid of me I know, but I didn’t realize there was such a backlog just to start processing my application.

( at October 2, 2019 7:09 pm)
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Since you requested a commencement date of October 1, 2019, they will not begin to process until after that date.

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Answered on October 2, 2019 8:53 pm

Oh, I didn’t realize that–thank you for clarifying. Do you know how long it usually takes for OPM to start to process an application after the commencement date–just a ball-park figure? Thanks very much for reading my questions and your responses–much appreciated.

( at October 3, 2019 12:37 am)
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They will begin pulling your information now since it is after October 1st and you should receive a letter providing your with your CSA number, Civil Service Annuitant, which will tell you the ball is rolling. OPMs statistics say they try to place you in interim pay within 6 weeks of your commencement date.

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Answered on October 3, 2019 2:05 am

Thank you!

( at October 3, 2019 2:41 am)