The Office of Personnel Management found federal employees filed for retirement in December at a lower rate than any other month in 2012, Federal News Radio reports.
OPM projected it would receive 7,000 claims that month but instead received 5,152 filings.
Ken Zawodny, OPM’s associate director of retirement services, told the station the Christmas and New Year’s holidays may have impacted the agency’s production of processed claims.
For the year, 106,550 federal employees filed for retirement, exceeding OPM’s estimates for seven out of 12 months.
January 2013 should see employees file 21,000 claims, according to OPM projections, with a target of 11,500 claims being processed for that month.