OPM Updates Furlough and RIF Guidance
Following the release of the Trump Administration’s budget proposal, which called for deep cuts across domestic spending, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued updated guidance, clarifying the procedures for implementing administrative furloughs.
The guidance stated:
“An administrative furlough is a planned event by an agency which is designed to absorb reductions necessitated by downsizing, reduced funding, lack of work, or any other budget situation other than a lapse in appropriations. An example of when such a furlough may be necessary is when, as a result of congressional budget decisions, an agency is required to absorb additional reductions over the course of a fiscal year.”
OPM also issued the Workforce Reshaping Operations Handbook, a new manual with additional guidance on possible reductions in force. The goal of the handbook is to “provide assistance to agencies that are considering and/or undergoing some times of reshaping (e.g. reorganization, management directed reassignments, furlough, transfer of function, reduction in force.)” It also outlines layoff procedures under federal law and regulations.
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