Office of Personnel Management Retirement Operations Center – Boyers, Pennsylvania - Atlas Obscura

Office of Personnel Management Retirement Operations Center

Boyers, Pennsylvania

The aggressively banal name of this underground fortress of bureaucracy does little to evoke its truly surreal existence. 


Located inside a mountain in what were once the caverns of a limestone mine, the Office of Personnel Management Retirement Operations Center (OPMROC) is a massive physical file cavern/empire that would leave even the most fervent conspiracy theorist agog. 

Located near Boyers, Pennsylvania the massive subterranean facility employs countless local employees to enter the rocky depths and process endless amount of paperwork related to the retirement benefits of Federal employees. The former mines have been in use as storage facilities since 1954 after the mining operations ceased. In fact a number of similar underground storage fortresses were leased and created during this time in response to the Cold War. The underground climate and natural protection from bombardment and EMP attacks made them ideal spaces to store delicate operations and files.

The workers in the OPMROC receive the applications and changes of status among retired workers and process them into a central database, make sure they are complete, with all the T’s crossed and I’s dotted, and then set about filing them away among the caverns full of almost fantastically massive rows of stacks. For some the secure and defined work flow is a blessing and they spend their entire careers in the job, while others have reported the windowless confines of the data caves to be torturous.  

Processing the seemingly endless rows of retiree forms may not seem like delicate work, but the OPMROC also keeps transcripts of high level security conversations among other government forms. The center is highly secured and visits are not generally allowed.     

Know Before You Go

The above coordinates aren't much use. The facility is actually found heading west on Branchton Road, from Annandale to Branchton. 41.092575°, -79.912476° will get you to the front door. That's as far as you will get though.
As of July 2017, it owned by an independent company called Iron Mountain Security services, but not much more has changed. You won't make it past the security gates.

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