OPM to RIF Over 300 From HR Solutions Office

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) sent reduction-in-force (RIF) notices to over three hundred (300) employees in its Human Resources Solutions (HRS) office last week, Federal News Radio reported.

The HRS office is losing nearly half of its staff around the country, as OPM is terminating its Nationwide Testing Program and realigning the organization to address new human capital priorities.

"The current budget environment has reduced revenue to HRS and is the primary reason for the RIF," HRS associate director Joseph Kennedy told Federal News Radio. "The federal government is hiring fewer people and training budgets are also being reduced. Many of our human capital management services focus on recruiting, hiring and workforce development; areas that have been hit hard by budget cuts in recent years."

OPM is working with the Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council to assist RIFed staffers in finding new federal employment, and has created a resume bank.

The move by OPM may be replicated in other departments and agencies this year, as RIFs may be used to address budget shortfalls, rather than another round of furloughs. FEDmanager will continue tracking news about RIFs in other areas of the government.

Posted in General News

Tags: OPM, Office of Personnel Management, RIF, Nationwide Testing Program, HRS, Human Resources Solutions, reduction-in-force

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