OPM Issues Memo on Federal Workforce Restructuring

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a memorandum to agencies' human resources chiefs outlining various tools available to restructure the federal workforce.

"The Federal Government is experiencing restructuring and downsizing in an increasing number of agencies," OPM Director John Berry wrote in the memo. "As a result, some Federal employees may ultimately find themselves in a position of having to transition to a new job."

The memo includes links to OPM webinars on Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA), Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments (VSIP), Reduction in Force (RIF) and using USAJOBS to find and apply for federal jobs.

Berry also lists and describes various resources for federal employees regarding career transitions, buyouts, reassignments, transfers of function and RIF benefits. The memo also provides resources for agencies and veterans.

"[OPM] is committed to providing Federal agency personnel with the necessary tools to manage their workforce and their careers," Berry wrote.

In the past few months, federal agencies have begun to cut back and have offered thousands of buyout and early retirement packages to federal employees. Because the Joint Select Committee on Deficit failed to reach an agreement before its Nov. 23 deadline to cut $1.2 trillion from government spending, automatic cuts will be triggered starting in January 2013. President Barack Obama has warned Congress that he will veto any legislation attempting to get rid of the automatic cuts.

"There will be no easy off ramps on this one," Obama said.

OPM plans to release more information to agencies on workforce restructuring in 2012.

The memo is available here.

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